Grace AME

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Our Purpose

Our ultimate purpose is to:

  1. Make God’s biblical principles available,
  2. Spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and
  3. Provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.

Our Vision

At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of the church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.

About Our Pastor

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Reflection on Recent Church Appointment: “I am humbled to be appointed as Pastor of Grace
AME Church. I look forward to our role as Servant Leaders within the City of Warren and
placing emphasis on community engagement demonstrating that:” “The world is our parish.”

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Rev. Shane K. Floyd, Ph.D.

The eldest of two sons, Shane K. Floyd was born July 29, 1971, in Youngstown, Ohio to
Frederick C. Floyd (deceased) and raised by Frank Stewart (deceased) and Fannie Stewart. His parents provided a solid upbringing involving membership at Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church of Youngstown, Ohio. He was very active in the life of the church. It was in the church that Rev. Floyd began to develop his leadership abilities by being a part of the Junior Church.

Rev. Floyd entered Central State University of Wilberforce, Ohio. He graduated with Honors
obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in June of 1994. In the fall of 1994, Rev. Floyd entered Payne Theological Seminary. He later enrolled in United Theological Seminary where he obtained his Master of Divinity Degree in 1998. Upon graduation, he became Pastor of Residence Park United Methodist Church and Assistant Director
of Wesley Community Center where he served for two years.

In the summer of 2000, Rev. Floyd became the Program Director for The Ohio State University Office of Minority Affairs Young Scholars Program where he served for several years until the Spring of 2005. In 2001, he joined African Methodism and became a member of Greater Allen A.M.E. Church under the guidance of Pastor Earl G. Harris. While at Greater Allen, he served as an Associate Minister for three years. In 2003 he was appointed Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Oxford, Ohio where he served for six years.

In October of 2009 Rev. Floyd was transferred from the South Ohio Conference to the North Ohio Conference and appointed to serve as Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church of Cleveland, Ohio.

In December of 2009, he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

In the Fall of 2011, Dr. Floyd became the Business and Community Outreach Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options in Cleveland Ohio. BAEO’s mission was to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families.

In the Spring of 2014, Dr. Floyd launched his internet radio talk show entitled “Reach the
Masses” which engaged a wide range of topics that impact spiritual, emotional, mental, and
physical health.

Currently, Dr. Floyd serves as the owner of Stewart Frank Transportation which is a Non-
Emergency Medical Transportation Company in the City of Youngstown. He also was a part of the ministerial staff at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church of Cleveland, Ohio from 2021-2022 under the leadership of Pastor Henry F. Curtis IV. In October 2022, Dr. Floyd was appointed Pastor of Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church Warren, Ohio.

Some of his affiliations include:
Prince Hall 32 Degree Mason
Khnemu Foundation
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated
100 Black Men

Our Founder: Richard Allen 1760-1831

Richard Allen was born into slavery to Benjamin Chew of Philadelphia on February 14, 1760. His mother, father, and four children were sold to Delaware State near Cover. He lived there until he was twenty. Deeply religious from an early age, Allen was converted at 17. He began preaching in 1780 and was ordained in 1799.

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Richard Allen felt that he had a special duty to spread the gospel among Africans and people of African descent, as well as those of all ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. These were the people who, because of segregation and discrimination in church and state, were being dehumanized, ostracized, exploited, robbed, bypassed, and otherwise mistreated. They needed to be organized to have a Christian guiding principle of action. With these lofty objectives and admirable purposes in mind, he went on to use the deplorable social situation that necessitated his movement as a channel of blessing, much like Joseph did in the Bible, to incite in the Africans a fierce determination to be first-class Christians and Americans.

Between 1815 and 1830, Richard Allen was often recognized as a leader of free Black’s in the north. In 1816, Richard Allen was consecrated as the first bishop of this new denomination. In 1817, his Bethel A.M.E. Church hosted the first general mass meeting by Blacks to protest the deportation policies made by the American Colonization Society. After this was over, he continued his career of preaching and organizing. He died in 1831.

From 1797 until his death on March 26, 1831, Allen operated a station on the Underground Railway for escaping slaves. This work was continued by Bethel Church until Emancipation.
Bishop Allen was married to Sarah Bass Allen. He was the father of six children: Richard Jr., James, John, Peter, Sarah, and Ann.

Meet the Team

William Strother

Steward Pro-tem

John Covington

Trustee Pro-tem

Bessie Coker

Administrative Assistant