St James AME Church Restoration - Asheville, NC

GGreetings from the historic St. James A.M.E. Church in Asheville, NC!

Our History 

The church body was first formed in 1887 as Levy’s Chapel. The current St. James A.M.E. sanctuary was completed in 1930 with  the Haith Educational wing added in 1983. The sanctuary has reached a critical point where vital steps must be undertaken to preserve it as a safe and viable meeting venue.

If you have traveled by St. James A.M.E. Church at 44 Hildebrand Street in Asheville recently, you have probably seen the scaffolding and fencing surrounding the building. These barriers were erected to safeguard parishioners and visitors as we begin our urgently-needed restoration project.

How would you like to partner with us in supporting the renovation of this major historical meeting place in our community? Well, here is your
opportunity to become a part of this exciting endeavor. We invite you to join a wave of supporters who recognize and appreciate that St. James A.M.E. Church has been opening its doors to countless community events since its inception. It has been a meeting place for the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance(IMA), National Alliance of Mental Illness(NAMI), Gamma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association, and the host for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Rally, and other ministerial, community, and city-wide events. 

What changes will be made in our building?
Our goal is to repair the aging roof, replace and repoint deteriorating masonry on the exterior walls, and restore the flooring in the sanctuary. With the help of a capital campaign, our church will continue to be a beacon of God's love now and for future generations.

What will the project cost?
It is estimated that the total cost of this project will be close to $572,000.

Target Start Date:  Early 2020

Donations:  We welcome donations of all amounts and we thank you in advance. All donations are tax deductible.


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