Mount Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mount Hermon AME

Structure Two - 1929-1959

Mount Hermon AME - Sunday Service

Inside the Mount Hermon AME sanctuary

Mount Hermon AME Church Today

Mount Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church

401 NW 7th Terrace Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Our roots began in 1902 when members of the community worshipped under a tree on NW 2nd Street and 4th Avenue. Mount Hermon A.M.E. branched out from that tree, establishing her first church building in 1906 at 309 Nugent Avenue and becoming the third church of any kind in the township of Fort Lauderdale. The Great Storm of 1926 destroyed our first church structure and the Spanish Mission-style second structure was built at 711 NW 4th Street where the Mount Hermon Family Life Center now stands. In this building, Mary McLeod Bethune spoke to a standing-room only crowd. In 1965, our current structure was built. The red brick steeple was replaced after a hot air balloon hit it in 1987.

Our members made noteworthy contributions across many facets of society. Founding member T.S. Cobb held a U.S. Patent in 1933 for the first cushioned, innerspring mattress. Founding member Mother Annie T. Reed was a housekeeper for Frank and Ivy Stranahan, she requested that they donate the land on which Dillard Colored School (now Old Dillard Museum) was constructed.

Professor Clarence C. Walker, a Mount Hermon member, was the Principal that took Dillard to a 12 year institution. Mount Hermon was where Dillard students had Chapel, and was the site of Dillard’s first 12th grade graduation in 1938. Other noteworthy contributions made by our members include: Mr. John Hill, Fort Lauderdale’s first black millionaire and Dr. James Sistrunk, Fort Lauderdale’s first black physician. Dr. Sistrunk and Dr. Von D. Mizell opened Provident Hospital, Fort Lauderdale’s first black hospital.

In 1945, Mount Hermon was the site of the NAACP’s first local meeting. It was held under the cover of night due to danger of retaliation by the KKK. Individual members of Mount Hermon participated during the Civil Rights movement including the beach wade-ins in 1961. The walls of Mount Hermon continue to hone the faith of those who make an impact outside of these walls in our community and our nation.

Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church

Mt Hermon AME Church

401 NW 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Office Manager: Rev. Cheryl Wilcox

Church School at 9:15 a.m.
Worship at 7:30 a.m. & 10:30
10 a.m. on 5th Sunday

Weds. at noon & 7:00 – 8pm
Weds. 10:00 am – Gems & Jewels Ministry (formerly Senior Wednesday)