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 is formally a member of the Richard Allen AME Church in St. George’s. It was there 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.
Rev. Washington graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. She then obtained her Certified Public Accountants license. She is a graduate of the Trinity Bible Institute, School of the Prophets where she received a certificate of completion on prophetic studies, as well as, a graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary, where she received her Masters of Divinity.
Rev. Washington answered the ministerial 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 is a former member of the ministerial staff of Bethel AME Church, Wilmington, Delaware, under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Dr. Silvester Scott Beaman. While there, she served as the liaison for the Daughters of Radiance Women’s Ministry and the Youth Empowerment School (YES) Program, as well as served as the spiritual advisor to the Marriage Ministry. Effective March 1, 2011, Rev. Beaman appointed her as the Executive Minister of Elizabeth AME Church. Following that, on April 1, 2011, she became the Resident Preacher. As the Lord would have it, effective September 13, 2011, she received her first pastoral appointment from the Rt. Rev. Richard F. Norris, Bishop of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church as pastor of Elizabeth AME Church.
Rev. Washington’s calling is not specific to a particular state of God’s people. She is called to humble the mighty and to raise the destitute. Her attributes are that of the prophet Jeremiah, to root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build and to plant; to be a messenger and mouthpiece of God, to God’s people under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit through preaching and the administration of God’s Word.
Rev. Karen Washington lives each day by the scripture, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen” Hebrews 11:1. She knows without God she is nothing and there is nothing impossible for Him. Rev. Washington strongly believes God is a God of Integrity and a God of His Word! There is no failure in Him. She understands beyond a shadow of doubt, it is in Him she lives and moves and has her being.