All Day Singing -  Sat Nov 5, 2016 - New Location

St. Paul's A.M.E. Zion Church

201 Welborne Street corner of Millard St

Johnson City, TN 37601


Begin at 10:00

Dinner at noon.

Conclude around 3:00.

St. Paul AME Zion Church


LocationSt, Paul AME Zion Church

201 Welbourne St., Johnson City, TN


St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church had its beginnings in 1872 in the log school on Roan Hill. June 21, 1878, P.P.C. and Elizabeth Nelson sold property on the top of “Piney Knob” (the hill behind Munsey Methodist church) to the trustees of the A.M.E. Zion Church for $25. This is the earliest deed found to date in which the name “colored” was not attached to the name of a black church.

In 1879 the congregation moved from the log school to a “framed church house” at its present location on the corner of Welbourne and Millard Streets. Judge Robert burrow transferred the Welbourne Street property to the St. Paul Church on January 21, 1890, in exchange for the Piney Knob property.

In 1909, the congregation constructed its second building, and in 1919 it had outgrown this structure and planned a grand brick structure on the Welbourne Street site. Rev. D.G. Moose, nicknamed “Moose the Builder,” lead his congregation in a massive building program that resulted in the building of the present structure. Ada Owens Moose, wife of Rev. Moose, led the women of the church in weekend sales of various food items to aid in their finances. A construction bond dated February 28, 1921, lists Janes Construction as builders of the brick church, which had a full balcony and basement and seated more than 40 people.

Rev. James William Martin, St. Paul’s pastor in 1928, was named Bishop of the A.M.E. Zion General Conference. By the 1940’s St. Paul was known as the “first church” of the East Tennessee-Virginia Conference.

Source: In the Footsteps of Faith: a Tour of 14 of Johnson City’s Century-old Churches, September 2005. Posted 8 Nov 2005



The Tenth Annual All Day Singing was the best attended since the first in 2007. Before dinner, Reverend Greene told me she counted 64, which is the highest number since 2007 when we had, I believe, over 70.


This was the fourth location we have used in ten years; and though it was last minute, it really worked out better than I even dreamed of. The host church could not have been more welcoming. Tom Netherland wrote a wonderful article for the Bristol Herald Courier, and a week before, I was on the radio for over an hour. That radio station has invited us to get up a group to come and sing for a couple of hours, live on the air, some Saturday afternoon after the first of the year.


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Pictures and sound files will be added from the singing.


Article from Bristol Herald Courier

A few pics

Sound files (Click on" view track" when it plays to download.)