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Spring Revival, Sesquicentennial Celebration Worship Services

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Piney Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Abbreviated History

Piney Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was organized in 1865. Originally, the church was named the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, South of the County. On April 21, 1894, an indenture or sealed agreement was executed between members of the Fenner family and trustees of Piney Grove AME Zion Church for the purchase of three acres of land to build the church.

The original church was destroyed by fire on a Sunday night in 1911, 1912, or 1913. The second sanctuary was started under the pastoral leadership of Rev. John Singleton on June 3, 1913. While construction was underway, church services were held in the Society Hall, located a quarter mile from the church site. On February 17, 1914, the trustees purchased, from the Tolson Lumber/Manufacturing Co., certain properties totaling $444.21.

During the mid-1940s, construction of the second parsonage was started under the pastorate of Rev. D. J, McDowell (1941-43) and was completed under the administration of Rev. F. I. Lowe (1943-47). Reverend O. R. Ellis, Sr., the pastoral leader from 1948 - 1957, initiated the Church’s first renovation project. In addition, 2.5 acres of land were purchased for expansion and a cemetery. The second church renovation program began under the pastoral leadership of Rev. S. P. League within the years 1957-1968. Rev. C. L. Winslow, pastor of Piney Grove from1968-1976, purchased 15.3 acres of land, adjacent to the church property.

Rev. W. L. Wainwright became Piney Grove’s pastoral leader in August 1986. Under his guidance on April 14, 1988, the membership met and approved a $100,000 loan from BB&T for church renovation and the building of the Administration Building.  Reverend Avery C. Brown was appointed pastor in 1994 and guided the congregation as they liquidated the mortgage on the church in 1997.

Reverend Joseph L. Walton was appointed pastor of Piney Grove in 1997 and was instrumental in the continual spiritual and economical life of the church. Under his leadership, the church established an afterschool tutorial program and installed a circular drive around the church.

Reverend Robert Little, Jr. was appointed pastor of Piney Grove in 2008 and is the current pastor. During his tenure, the church has initiated and completed several capital projects totaling over $125,000.00.

Past Pastors of Piney Grove AME Zion Church:

Only three pastors are known for the first 76 years of existence for Piney Grove AME Zion Church. They were Reverends John Singleton Shaw, Anderson R. Roberts, and T. S. Multsby

Subsequent pastors are listed as follows:

1941-43 – Rev. D. J, McDowell; 1943-48 – Rev. F. I. Lowe;

1948 - 1957 – Rev. Dr. Ossie Roosevelt Ellis, Sr.; 1957-1968 – Rev. S. P. League;

1968 - 1976 – Rev. C. L. Winslow; 1976 – 1981 – Rev. Abraham Walter Washington;

1981 – 1986 – Rev. Timothy Howard, Sr.; 1986 – 1994 – Rev. Dr. William L. Wainwright;

1994 – 1997 – Rev. Dr. Avery Brown; 1997 - 2008 – Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Walton;

2008 – Present – Rev. Dr. Robert Little, Jr.

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The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Little, Jr.
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ: 

In May of 2015, Piney Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Havelock, NC celebrated one hundred and fifty years of continuous service in the army of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.

The Sesquicentennial Celebration commenced with services on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11 A.M. and 3 P.M.

A Spring Revival was begun at (7 P.M.), on May 18-22, 2015. A parade and picnic was held on May 23, 2015, and concluded with services on Sunday May 24, 2015 at 11 A.M.

On January 20, 1864, Reverend James W. Hood arrived in New Bern, North Carolina. He was responsible for the set up and organization of several area church congregations, in and surrounding New Bern, to join the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church, under the North Carolina Conference.

At that time Superintendent Joseph Jackson presided over the North Carolina Conference (established in 1864) under the 4th District of the AMEZ Church. Rev. J. W. Hood's presentation of the doctrines of the AMEZ church so impressed the few community leaders in North Harlowe, that they decided to formally express their religious emotions by organizing Piney Grove AMEZ Church in May of 1865.

Piney Grove AME Zion Church has continued to grow, prosper and serve God and the Harlowe community since it organization in 1865. To commemorate and celebrate the Church’s one hundred and fifty years of service, a sesquicentennial revival, parade/picnic, and worship services were planned to commemorate the many achievements of the Church.

Piney Grove AME Zion church has stood the test of time and continues to be a beacon of light and hope in the Harlowe community. Therefore, we invited friends, family and the community, to come out and help us celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of this great church.

Thank you for your prayers, participation, and attendance at our Sesquicentennial celebration and worship services.  We were glad to see you at our 150th Anniversary celebration ativities. May God richly bless and keep you.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Sheila Teel, Chairperson

Reverend Dr. Robert Little, Jr., Pastor

Bishop James W. Hood
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Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion's Sesquicentennial Celebration Photos - Sunday, May 17, 2015

Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion's Sesquicentennial Celebration Photos - May 23-24, 2015

Piney Grove A.M.E. Zion's Sesquicentennial Celebration Videos - May 23, 2015

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