Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Church History

Pleasant Hill A.M.E. Church started in 1846 like so many other churches… as a bush arbor. A bush arbor is a place where slaves would gather in secret to practice religious traditions.   The trees became known as bush arbors and they served as a location where slaves could combine their African traditions with Christianity. It had a makeshift roof between trees with ‘bushes’ on top to provide as a cover or roof.   They took their African traditions and merged them with the Christian ideas they learned on the plantation.  That’s how the A.M.E. Church was born.  More specifically Pleasant Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church. In the 18-hundreds a group of people from the Salem community gathered at the bush harbor which was located on what used to be a dirt road.. Right outside the doors to our present location. Some years later in 1878 a church was built using logs. In the early 1900’s a plank church or church of wood was built just across the road on land donated by the Harrison family. In 1969 our current church building was constructed. Some of the men sitting in these pews today helped to pour the foundation and physically build this church.  Planks from the old church were used to build the floors of this church. In the early 70’s the Head Start program built the fellowship hall we have now and they held classes at this church to help get young kids ready for first grade. Here’s a list of some of the many pastors who have served as leaders of Pleasant Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church:

Rev. Elijah Williams (1920’s)

Rev Hayward Phillips (1930’)

Rev Martin Fortson

Rev. E Phillips

Rev.  Sam Jackson

Rev. John H. Brotson

Rev. S Williams

Rev. Claude Miller

Rev.  J.l. Parker

Rev.  G.W. Williams

Rev.  Callaway

Rev.  Battle

Rev.  Tom Jones

Rev.   Isiah Alexander

Rev. Alonzo King

Rev.  Eddie Robinson

Rev.  Ricky Neal

Rev.  Levonn Jakes

Rev. Johnny Walton

Rev.  Samuel Thomas

Rev.  Antonio Thomas

Rev. Thomas  Fortson

Unified in the Body of Christ


Thank you for your interest in Pleasant Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Our goal is to clearly communicate a message of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. This hope is not found in religion or anything that we can see, but only in a personal relationship with Jesus. We invite you to fellowship with us as we connect, grow and serve The Lord.

At Pleasant Hill, we believe we are Unified in the Body of Christ.

If you are able to visit Pleasant Hill, we invite you to attend Church School (9:45 a.m.) and our spirit filled 11:00 Worship Service.

We also invite you to our weekly Bible Study Group. We meet each Wednesday evening at 6:00 Central Standard Time. Bible Study provides an opportunity to ask the questions you have always wanted to ask; to be encouraged by others who face the same challenges that you might be facing; and to be part of a group committed to helping you through life’s struggles.

For more information about Pleasant Hill A.M.E Church, please explore this website or click here to submit a contact request.  You may also contact our offices directly at (334) 749-3985.    If our staff or volunteer leaders can assist you in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out.   Once again, thank you for your interest in Pleasant Hill A.M.E.  Church – we look forward to worshipping with you soon!

In order to participate in the Vertual Watch Night Service this year hosted by Bishop Harry L Seawright you must go ZOOM.US on your computer or smartphone. ZOOM is a video conferencing website.
Once on the website… look for “JOIN A MEETING” at the top right hand corner of the screen.
Click on it then enter the Meeting ID and the Passcode when prompted.
Meeting ID: 869 4998 1387
Passcode: 077879