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OUR BEGINNING
REVEREND J.L.N. BELL


Walker Chapel AME Church was founded in February of 1951 under the leadership of the late Reverend J.L.N. Bell. The Church was organized at that time under the late Bishop Harrison J. Bryant. Charter members were Mr. R.C. Freeman, Mrs. Alma Ellis, Mrs. Jessie McDowell, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Green, Mr. and Mrs. John Rosebaugh (Magnolia) , Mrs. Aretieree Holmes Baliton, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hubbard (Erma), Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nunn (Josephine) and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Woodson (Corrine).


For a period of twenty-two months, services were held in the Stadium Homes Management Building located at 2525 Hill Street. Eventually, the property on which the church building now stands was purchased, and in November of 1952, the first services were held at this location. Reverend Bell served as pastor from 1951 to 1956.


Reverend Lewis Scott became pastor of Walker after Reverend Bell. Due to illness, Reverend Scott served for only a short period of seven months. The vacancy was then filled by the late Reverend L.F. Greene until 1957, at which time Reverend J.C. Brooks was assigned as pastor.


In 1959, Reverend Jewel Bryson DeWitty became Walker's pastor and served for 16 years. With a membership of twenty, the indebtedness of $1,800 was liquidated, church pews were purchased, and in 1964 the old Y.M.C.A. building was bought and moved to the present site. The membership grew from a total of twenty to one hundred twenty-two by 1972. Reverend DeWitty was promoted to Presiding Elder of the Puget Sound Conference after Presiding Elder L.F. Greene retired.


The following ministers have served Walker Chapel.


Reverend Edgar E. Boyd (1975-1980)
Reverend Lee Norris May (1980-1982) 
Reverend Madison T. Shockley II (1982-1983) 
Reverend Benjamin N. Thomas (1983-1985) 
Reverend David L. Wright (1985-1987) 
Reverend C. Dennis Williams (1987-1990)
Reverend Allen L. Williams (1990-1993) 
Reverend James H. Oxley (1993-1997)
Reverend Portia A. Cavitt (1997-1999) 
Reverend Cleveland Williams (1999-2001) 
Reverend Gwendolyn Coates (2001-2005) 
Reverend David Aaron Johnson (November 7, 2005 to August 2012)
Reverend Shermella Garrett (August 2012- October 2012)
Reverend William Sheppard (October 30, 2012 to present)
Having complete faith in God, Walker Chapel is assured by God's Promise that "All Things Are Possible". With this Faith, Walker Chapel A.M.E. Church shall continue to grow and serve not only the church family and the immediate church area, but will be a benefit to the entire Seattle community.
 

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Walker Chapel AME
800 28th Ave South
Seattle, WA  98144


206-325-8468


Sunday School:  9:00 a.m.
Morning Worship:  10:30 a.m.
Bible Study:   Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.
Office Hours:  Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.