Wayman Chapel AME Church of New Brighton celebrated 175 years of service to the community of New Brighton, Pa. The church was founded in 1837 by Rev. Cornelius Asbury.

A grand celebration was held at the Fez in Hopewell Township. Family and friends were greeted by elegantly dressed hostesses upon arrival to an evening of fellowship and honor. They were directed to the history, silent auction and cookie tables after signing the guest book.


There were nearly 190 people in attendance and each attendee received a souvenir program book and a booklet of the Gospel of John. Edward Coleman, master of ceremonies, rose to the podium announcing the processional, which included The Right Rev. Cornal Garnett Henning, presiding prelate of the 3rd Episcopal District of the AME Church; Rev. Dr. Eric L. Brown, presiding elder of the Allegheny Scranton District; Rev. Samuel W. Chambers, pastor of Wayman Chapel, dignitaries, legislators, honorees and escorts. The evening included an invocation, a delicious buffet meal, the welcoming of guests and dignitaries, the occasion, solos, proclamations, poems, a violin solo and the keynote address from the Right Rev. Henning. Presentations were given to honorees First Lady Erma Chambers and Georgia Childs, both of New Brighton. Twenty-five church members 80 years of age and older were honored as well. The memories of this celebration will be cherished for years to come.

The success of this grand affair would not have been possible without the assistance of the Wayman Chapel AME Church family and friends, the community and the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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