The British Methodist Episcopal Church of Canada
founded in 1856, erected 1896
165 MURRAY STREET, BRANTFORD
ONTARIO N3S 5R3
Rev. Dr. Cyril Yearwood, pastor
Rev. Dr. Brian Awai, associate pastor
"Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." Psalms 37:5
Morning Worship Sundays 11:30am Sunday School During Worship 11:30am Bible Study Group Thursdays 7:30pm Women's League Monthly
Some American run-away slaves fled to Upper Canada via the Underground Railway system and settled in groups along the Grand River. Those who belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal Church formed the Society of Coloured Methodists. During the mid 1800's they worshipped in private homes within Brantford. The Society organized schools for their children, as negros were excluded from public ones.
Brantford eventually became the nucleus of the African Methodist Episcopal circuit,
stretching from the Queen's Bush (Huron County and Area) to London. The
A frame edifice was constructed on a lot in Brantford
situated on the North side of Dalhousie at the East corner of Murray in the same year.
The lot was donated by
In 1869 the Kirk of Scotland's frame building was purchased for a nominal price from the Presbyterians. It was moved opposite East Ward School. By 1896, the existing brick building was erected in Brantford on 165 Murray Street. A comfortable brick parsonage, which is now rented, was built on the North Side of the church in 1912.
During 1956, in honour of the Centennial of the Canadian BME Church, this church in Brantford was named the S.R. Drake Memorial, in esteem of the Rev. S.R. Drake who was pastor from 1902 until 1909 and then General Superintendent of the Conference for 18 years. He was responsible for the incorporation of the B.M.E. Church in 1913.
Under the leadership of the
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