It gives me great joy to introduce you to The "NEW" Elizabeth African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.C.) and to share with you what God is doing in and through the life of our church. Our congregation has been empowered as a people of God to do great things in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The story of New Elizabeth AMEC is a simple yet powerful testimony to God’s goodness, power, grace and mercy! Our story is a powerful testimony of the divine providence and faithfulness of God.
We are a church with a big vision. The vision and mission of New Elizabeth” is to revitalize the ministry and expand our reach to the surrounding communities in order to effectively minister to a larger and more diverse population of people who reside in various parts of New Castle County, Delaware.
Our theme is "A New Elizabeth is on the Horizon; Reclaiming the Vision. A “New Horizon” is the emergence of something new. It is where heaven and earth meet! To reclaim means to retrieve or recover something previously lost. A “New Elizabeth” is emerging to recapture and reclaim the vision “Reaching, Reclaiming and Transforming Lives through the Power of Jesus Christ.” The Lord has given His church an awesome opportunity and has called a remnant to keep the vision alive. We have all been dealt a measure of faith from God. This measure encompasses the vision God has given us to build a church that will minister to the whole person: socially, physically and spiritually through the empowerment of the preached Word, Worship, Evangelism, Missions and Community Service.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a rich and wonderful heritage. As a church we are mindful that our journey, struggles and accomplishments should never be buried or forgotten, but lifted up as a testimony of how great God is and how His moving in our lives over countless generations has brought us through many of life's most challenging social, political and economic storms. We stand today however, on the shoulders of our ancestors whose faith and trust in God paved a way for each of us to have a better life today. New Elizabeth AMEC is experiencing a renaissance anchored and built on the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ! It is in Him we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
Please pray for our ministry as we strive to be as faithful and diligent as
our ancestors, seeking to become what God desires us to be in order that we may be a blessing to All people we are called to serve along the way. We hope you will enjoy our Web Site and consider visiting our church while joining us to make a difference in the lives of others.
God Bless You!
Rev. Karen L. Washington, Pastor
Rev. Vera V. Worthy
Reverend Vera V. Worthy is a native of Virginia. She received her license to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, September 2001 and was ordained a Local Deacon, March 2004 and a Local Elder April 2006. Rev. Worthy has held the positions of Delaware Conference Missionary Society Worship Director, Conference President of the Minister’s Spouses Widows Widowers Organization Plus PKs. Currently she serves as the 1st Episcopal District Treasurer and Connectional Chair. Rev. Worthy is the wife of Rev. Richard H. Worthy, Presiding Elder of the Wilmington District of the Delaware Annual Conference and she serves as consultant. Rev. Worthy is a Associate at the New Elizabeth AMEC.
Reverend Tamika Cobb-Ali, M.S.W., M. Div.
Rev. Karen L. Washington
Reverend Karen L. Washington is a native of the Island of Bermuda. She was formally a member of Richard Allen AME Church, St. George’s, Bermuda. It was there that her grandmother instilled in her the gospel of Jesus Christ, the value of family, the importance of commitment and the love of God. Rev. Washington now resides in Bear, Delaware with her husband Kevin Washington.
Rev. Washington graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration, and obtained her Certified Public Accountants license. Rev. Washington is a graduate of the Trinity Bible Institute, School of the Prophets where she received a certificate of completion on prophetic studies and a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary, where she received her Masters of Divinity.
Rev. Washington answered her call from God to itinerate orders and in June 2004 preached her initial sermon. On April 14, 2007 she was ordained an Itinerate Deacon and on March 21, 2010 an Itinerate Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Rev. Washington was formerly on the ministerial staff at Bethel AME Church, Wilmington, Delaware, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman, where she also served as the liaison for the Daughters of Radiance Women’s Ministry, Youth Empowerment School (YES) Program and the spiritual advisor to the Marriage Ministry. On September 13, 2011 she received her first pastoral appointment from Bishop Richard F. Norris as the pastor of Elizabeth AME Church.
At the 2013 Delaware Annual Conference, Rev. Washington on behalf of the officers and members of Elizabeth AME Church requested of the leadership of the First Episcopal District, the Presiding Prelate Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram to change the name of the church to reflect the new direction and vision in which God is leading the church. New Elizabeth AME Church became the new name. The church was rebirthed and now once a dying church, is now healed, restored and growing.
New Elizabeth AME Church affectionately known as “The Church Where Heaven and Earth Meet!” took on a new vision under the leadership of Rev. Washington. Through her leadership New Elizabeth has risen above past challenges and is now a thriving church in the community of Newark, Delaware.
Rev. Washington’s calling is not specific to one particular state of God’s people. She is called to humble the mighty and to raise the destitute. Her calling is that of the attributes of the prophet Jeremiah, she is called to root out, pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant; to be a messenger and mouthpiece for God, to God’s people under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the preaching and administering of God’s Word.
Rev. Karen L. Washington lives each day by the scriptures. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen” (Hebrews 11:1) and “For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). She knows and understands that she is nothing without God and that there is nothing impossible for God. She strongly believes that God is a God of Integrity and a God of His Word! Truly in God she lives, moves and has her being.