About Us

Who We Are

We are the Salisbury District, members of the Western North Carolina Conference of the Piedmont Episcopal District in The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.  Our Presiding Elder is the Reverend Dr. Grant Harrison, Jr. and Dr. Joanne Harrison is our First Lady.


The Salisbury District is comprised of 17 local churches located throughout the counties of Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, and Davie.  We know the names of churches in the Salisbury District and where they are located.  However, what we do not know is the history of the 17 local churches.


Under the leadership and assistance of Mrs. Mary Dawkins, member of Miller's Chapel AME Zion Church who served as the Salisbury District Secretary for almost 50 years, who coordinated the gathering of local church history for the District's Historical Society.  Beginning with the Official Journal of the 37th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of The A.M.E. Zion Church, this much requested information about our 17 local churches is found on the Local Church History page.


Many thanks are due to Mrs. Mary Dawkins for all of the hard work done to make this effort possible.

Our Local Churches

The Salisbury District local churches include:  Soldier's Memorial, Moore's Chapel, Marable Memorial, Sandy Ridge, Southern City Tabernacle, Zion Wesley, White Rock, St. John, New Hope, Sills Creek, Cedar Grove, Third Creek, Miller's Chapel, South Iredell, Liberty, Providence, and Ardis Chapel of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Official Journal: 37th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference, The A.M.E. Zion Church

Jones Tabernacle AME Zion Church, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN  ~  May 6-20, 1964


Presiding Elders:  "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."  I Timothy 5:17.  Salute the captains who have steered the "old ship of Zion", sailing through many storms (any more).  


Western North Carolina Conference:

  • Captain Lonnie Clark, Charlotte District
  • Captain Claude Norment, Salisbury District
  • ​Captain Andrew Seagle, Lincolnton District
  • Captain Fank Blakey, Charlotte District
  • Captain Samuel Burke, Winston-Salem District
  • Captain Charles Anthony, Statesville District

Minutes from the Official Journal

45th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of The A.M.E. Zion Church

Wednesday, July 24 through Friday, August 2, 1996

Meeting at Full Gospel AME Zion Church, Temple Hills, MD



1.   Soldier's Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Johnson Asibou


2.   Moore's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Alonzo Parsons


3.   Marable Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Grant Harrison


4.   Sandy Ridge A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Bobby Smith


5.   Southern City Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Calvin Miller


6.   Zion Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Carlton Williams


7.   White Rock A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Edward White


8.   St. John A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Royce Myers


9.   New Hope A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend William Robinson


10. Sills Creek A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Charles Tillett


11. Cedar Grove A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Karen Miller


12. Third Creek A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Wayne Griffin


13. Miller's Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Matthew Williamson


14. South Iredell A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend James Pease


15. Liberty A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Dr. Robert Lawton


16. Providence A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend John Miller


17. Ardis Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church:  Reverend Robert Macket