Mr. John D. Barker, early member of St. John A.M.E. Church left us a treasured record. He wrote: "When Topeka was young, many men and women of our group, seeking new homes in Kansas, settled in Topeka, around the years 1864, `65, and `66. To those new settlers, Topeka became a haven for a few freemen and many ex-slaves who were seeking their "Utopia" with Visions loomed on the horizon for a bright future. They also brought with them their faith and beliefs from their former home lands. The settlers were mostly Methodist and Baptist.
St. John was born in a rented barn in 1868. The location was in an alley between Harrison and Van Buren Streets, bounded on the north Shops on the east to what is now the Rock Island Bridge on the west. From this location, men and women formed a "Prayer Circle" which developed into a "Methodist Church Mission."
In 1878 the Reverend John M. Wilkerson, a Presiding Elder of the Missouri A.M.E. Conference, came and organized this Mission into The African Methodist Episcopal Church with name and title "Saint John A.M.E. Church."
In 1879 lots were brought on Second and Madison and a building was erected. In that building, members had their first regular appointed pastor, The Reverend Schuyler Washington. In 1882 lots were purchased on the corner of Seventh and Topeka Avenue, and the corner stone of the new St. John was laid in 1886.
A half century of progress continued after the 1940's. The church thrived under strong ministerial leadership and a committed, faithful membership. It is because of this partnership that St. John has continuously moved forward. Each pastor added to the historical events and records of the church.
The improvement of our church continues as we enter our third century. History records those who have given through wills and bequest to the ministry.
St. John has been named a City, State and National Historic Place for its longevity of service to the community and Christ.
We are indebted to the past keepers of the records for it is through their vision and foresight that we are able to enrich the present by sharing these records from the past. We take pride in our inheritance of collected information because it reflects the faith, perseverance, and the Christian beliefs of our ancestors.
As we continue the legacy under the leadership of our first female pastor, The Reverend Pamela Myrtis Hughes Mason, who was assigned as our pastor in September 2015. Our pastor's ministry ushered in a season of spiritual renewal, anointed preaching and teaching.
Our Prayer Ministry Team and Heath Ministry were established. Our Class Leader Ministry was revitalized and the Men's Ensemble sing on third and fifth Sundays.
On August 19th 2018, St. John AME Church celebrated 150 years of ministry in the Topeka Community. Bishop Clement W. Fugh was our celebration preacher. On that day our Prayer Room was dedicated.
Our Brief History
About Our Pastor
OUR 2017-2018 OFFICERS
Rosalyn Carr - Vice Chair
Harold Sheffield, Vice Chair
Rodney Johnson, Sr.
Stephanie Lane, Vice Chair
Kelly Rhea, Treasurer
Floyd Graham, Jr.
Church School Rosalyn Carr
Class Leaders Frankie Sheffield
Health Ministry Ramona Brice
Lay Organization Kelly Rhea
Music Ministry - Musicians Dr. Dorthy Pennington
Prayer Ministry Atha Bledsoe
Stewardess Carol Harvey
Usher Board Sarita Everett
Women's Missionary Society Shirley Johnson Young People's Department
In 1990, she answered the Lord’s call to ordained ministry. In 1997, The Reverend Pamela Myrtis Hughes Mason was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church.
Reverend Mason has served as the Pastor of St. John A.M.E Church, in Topeka, Kansas since September 2015.
Her desire to follow the leading of the Lord has taken her over innumerable miles; formerly she served as the Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Fowler, CA, Carter Memorial A.M.E. Church in Fresno, CA, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Sacramento, CA, Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church in Denver, CO, Holy Trinity A.M.E. Church, North Las Vegas, NV, Bethel A.M.E. Church in Leavenworth, Kansas. She is the founder of Circle of Faith Ministries & Graphic Design. Academically she possesses a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Divinity.
2006-2012 Pastor Mason served as the President of the 5th Episcopal District Women In Ministry. 2000-2008 she served as the AME Women In Ministry Connectional Financial Secretary..
2012-2013 she served on the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Churches, the Criminal Justice Task Force, the Executive Director 2013 Search Task Force and the Metro Denver Emergency Food and Shelter Board. 2015-2016 she served as a board member of the Interfaith Shelter of Hope, Leavenworth, Kansas. She currently a member of The Rotary Club. May 2017 she completed the 8-week Dale Carnegie Course.
An anointed vessel of God: Pastor Pamela Myrtis Hughes Mason deems it a privilege just to be a SERVANT!!!
The Right Reverend Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate
Mrs. Alexia Butler Fugh, Episcopal Supervisor
The Reverend Fran T. Cary, Presiding Elder
Midwest North District
A HOLY NATION
YEAR THREE ~ PENTECOST
Season of Spiritual Renewal/Revival
Themes: The Great Commission;
The Pentecost Event;
Paul's Missionary Enterprise;
Seeking the Lost;
Intentional about Evangelism