St. Joseph A.M.E. Church is a community of Spirit-filled Believers working together to grow God’s Kingdom one person at a time.  Each ministry of the Church is intentional in its efforts to expand God’s Kingdom through the W.O.R.D. by: conducting electrifying Worship experiences, maximizing Outreach opportunities, reconciling Relationships, and making Disciples of Christ.

St. Joseph is a member of the Connectional African Methodist Episcopal Church. As such, many of the ministries that help strengthen our local congregation are associated with our Connectional Church. These ministries include the Lay Organization, the Women's Missionary Society, Young People's Department, the Sons of Allen, and the Richard Allen Young Adult Council. Please review the information below to learn more about how these various ministries operate throughout the A.M.E. connection.


MISSION: The St. Joseph Community Resource Committee focuses on the ability to provide immediate assistance to members of our congregation as well as Durham community members who are experiencing emergency circumstances relating to food and clothing.  Besides assisting with their physical needs, our ministry also provides them with literature to help them move beyond their immediate crisis.  All individuals are recognized as being valuable and created by Almighty God.

The greatest among you will be your servant

Matthew 23:11


St. Joseph House provides clothing and food services to those in need in the local community every Wednesday between 2:00-3:00pm.

St. Joseph House is located adjacent to St. Joseph A.M.E. Church at: 511 Nash St.


Following our weekly Wednesday Bible Study, the Community Resource Committee provides a delicious and nutritious meal accompanied by an informational program on community resources hosted by speakers from the city, county and state.

Community Resource Committee

  • AARP

  • Adult Literacy

  • Adult Protection Services

  • American Cancer Society

  • American Red Cross

  • Arthritis Foundation

  • Better Business Bureau

  • Board of Election

  • C.A.R.E.

  • Cancer Association

  • Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Watson

  • Department of Developmental Disabilities

  • Department of Social Service

  • Duke Research Center for Alzheimer's

  • Durham City Hall on the Go

  • Durham County Development

  • Durham Crisis Response Center

  • Durham Department of Public Health

  • Durham Economic Resource Center

  • Durham Main Library

  • Durham Police Department

  • Durham Senior Life Center

  • Durham Senior Olympic Games

  • Emergency Preparation Department

  • Feed My Sheep Ministry

  • Genesis Home

  • Home Instead Senior Care

  • Kroger

  • Lincoln Healthcare Center

  • Meals on Wheels

  • North Carolina Central University

  • Ombudsman Services

  • S.E.E.D.S.

  • Senior Guide Magazine

  • Senior Pharm-Assist

  • Social Security Office

  • St. Joseph Grief Committee

  • The Book Harvest

  • The Central Eastern Food Bank Pantry

  • Triangle Lifeline

  • Vial of Life

  • WG Pearson School

If you are interested in supporting our community outreach ministries, please contact us using the form below or call Gwendolyn Owens at 919-683-1379.



The Sons of Allen of St. Joseph A.M.E. Church are committed towards leading men in accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Our focus is centered on:

  • involvement in community activities and actions

  • serving as role models for young men

  • utilizing their resources (time, talents and finances)

Led by the Holy Spirit, the Sons of Allen serves to empower men to witness their faith through their Christian Walk in daily living, promoting unity among all denominations.


The Women’s Ministry of St. Joseph strives to aid women in their spiritual development through the promotion of programs and activities which holistically enhance the lives of women. Women seeking to build sisterly bonds are encouraged to develop relationships within the Ladies Aid Society and/or one of the auxiliaries comprising our Women’s Missionary Society.

St. Joseph Missionaries




The Richard Allen Young Adult Council, better known as RAYAC, is ministry for adults 18-39. The ministry recognizes that Worship, Outreach, Relationship-building, and Discipleship are paramount for mission driven believers. As such, the St. Joseph’s RAYAC WORD-centered purpose engages in: Discipleship, Leadership Training, Fellowship, and Networking. RAYAC’s participation in “Discipleship” brings young adults into a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, teaches them how to live Christ-centered lives, and serve as Christian mentors to youths. The ministries “Leadership Training”, develops young adults into Christian leaders within the AME Church and  community to effectively represent and voice the concerns of a new generation. During “Fellowship”, RAYAC creates and provides opportunities for Christian fellowship among young adults. In addition, RAYAC’s “Networking”, provides resources for young adult ministries within the AME Church and  community. Moreover, the ministry provides opportunities for young adults to use their God-given gifts and talents for Kingdom building purposes.

St. Joseph Ladies Aid Society


The Christian Education Department engages the church community to become disciples who follow His doctrines and reach beyond the church borders in:

  • Bible Study

  • Fellowship

  • Worship

  • Training

Such endeavors enhance community growth, allowing members to become more effective witnesses for Christ.


The Campus Outreach Committee aspires to facilitate opportunities whereby students may decide to give their life to Christ.  We are committed to assisting college students to grow in God’s Kingdom through the W.O.R.D.  We intentionally reach out to demonstrate God’s love on all local college campuses and endeavor to interact with students at off-site venues and through worship experiences.


Empowered Youth and Children Ministry

The St. Joseph A.M.E. Church Empowered Youth and Children Ministry is purposed to lead community youth and children in experiencing the power of God through W.O.R.D. We seek to develop intentional youth-centered and youth-focused spiritual empowerment opportunities via:

  • youth Bible studies

  • youth retreats

  • youth conferences

The youth and children of St. Joseph are ministered to within our Young People's Division and Connected


The goal of Youth People's Division (YPD) is to implement mission programs and activities in local communities fulfilling the organization's purpose by providing a training ground for later Christian service to the Women's Missionary Society and the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  To accomplish this, the Young People's and Children's Division commits to:

  • Come together to study the Bible 

  • Perform service projects in the community 

  • Conduct and participate in workshops on Christian Social Relation and Family Life dealing with such topics as drugs and alcohol abuse, personal development, etc. 

  • Pursue experiences for leadership development in the church and community 

  • Build a community of children, youth and young adults that strengthen the organization and church

Young People's Division


2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707 | 919-683-1379 | stjosephsamec@stjamec.org

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