Israel Church Celebrates
190 Years “Walking with God Across the Generations”
At Israel we honor our past and use our great history as a foundation, a grounding for the work that we do in the present. Israel A.M.E. Church’s rich history, Pastor Craig believes “is built on a solid foundation of congregational faith and commitment to God; studying and living His word; and serving His people.”Israel has had a significant role and impact on African American history nationally and in the locally in the Capital District community. Founded in 1828, Israelis the oldest African American Church located in Albany. Israel Church has enabled many people to achieve “new Beginnings” by: providing safe “transport”, as a part of the Underground Railroad; refuge and speaking platforms for Freedom Fighters like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas; a place where African American recruits trained before leaving to join the Massachusetts 54th to help fight in the Civil War; the site where the local chapter of the NAACP started. The church has continued its social justice agenda and advocacy through its ministries including childcare/aftercare, tutoring for children; feeding the hungry, homeless and seniors through our Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen/Senior Luncheon Ministry; voter registration and supporting public schools. The actual Church has been rebuilt, and/or renovated several times over throughout its own history.