Share this:

Learn about the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church


Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal
Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in 1874

Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church traces its roots to 1824 when Rev. James King and Rev. Phillip Brodie started the first A.M.E. congregation in Cincinnati. The church has been known as Allen Temple since 1870 when the congregation moved into Bene Israel Synagogue at Sixth and Broadway. The first years there were financially tricky due to the money owed to the Bene Israel congregation and damages caused by a fire in 1874.


Allen Temple began the 20th century with 800 members and continued to thrive. However, the African American community began to migrate from the downtown area. In 1979, the Allen Temple congregation moved to Roselawn Baptist Church on Reading Road, and in 2000, Allen Temple built their current facility at Swifton Commons Mall in Bond Hill.


Receive our newsletter for all things Black Cincinnati!


Allen Temple
In 2004 Allen Temple moved into its (current) iconic place of worship at the corner of Reading Rd. and Seymour Ave.

Rev. David Leroy Nickens was the first African American licensed minister in Ohio in July 1824. He was called as the first pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Cincinnati, established in 1831.


Other African American churches founded in the 19th century include Zion Baptist Church (1842) which was also the first brick church owned by African Americans in Cincinnati, First Baptist Church of Walnut Hills (1856), Calvary Baptist Church (1867), Second United Missionary Baptist Church of Madisonville (1885) which later became Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of West College Hill (1888) and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (1894).


Related Article: Are Cincinnati Black Churches dead? Talk about it with Dr. Mike Scruggs. 



David Leroy Nickens – Wikipedia
Cincinnati History Library and Archives –



About The First 28

The First 28, graciously sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, celebrates Black Cincinnatians who were the first in their fields. Each day during Black History Month, we will celebrate athletes, artists, business leaders, civil rights activists, educators, physicians, and politicians.



The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize, and create opportunities for African Americans. Want to find local news, events, job posting, scholarships, and a database of local Black-owned businesses? Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, like our Facebook page, join our Facebook group, and text VOBC to 513-270-3880.


Images provided by

Share this:
Avatar photo

Written by Sophie Barsan

Sophie Barsan is a writer at The Voice of Black Cincinnati, where she covers events and client -focused content. Sophie's work is central to keeping the community informed about Cincinnati vibrant array of activities and opportunities. Her dedication to exploring and highlighting the city's cultural richness makes her stories a must-read for anyone looking to engage with the local scene. Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn for a deeper look into her articles and contributions.

Comments are closed.