A Community Devoted to the Flourishing of African Americans in the PCA

Grow in Community · Mature as a Leader · Shape Our Culture

Out of over 5,000 teaching elders in the PCA, only 1% are African American.

The lack of representation in leadership is reflected in our pews. The results negatively affect how we experience the PCA.


African American teaching elders

I spend more time explaining my culture than I do building deep relationships.

I struggle adjusting to the style of worship that is custom in most PCA churches.

I feel more valued as a “quota” than a person with real needs and experiences.

I feel an internal and external pressure to culturally assimilate so I don't feel like an outsider.

I’m often asked for my opinions on matters of race and justice simply because I’m black.

My leadership and fellow church members don’t understand my cultural concerns.

We Understand How African Americans in the PCA Feel

We’re committed to implementing a strategy that unites current African Americans in the PCA, invites those who are outside of our circles, and positions us to thrive and serve well in our local contexts.


Recruit new African American leaders who desire to serve in and outside of the pulpit.


Support emerging leaders by connecting them with existing leaders & advocates, regardless of ethnicity.

Carl Ellis


Equip leaders through resources that help them effectively lead and minister in their church, work, and community.


Mobilize emerging leaders by encouraging them to plant churches, serve locally, or serve on committees in the PCA.

About AAM

The African American Ministries (AAM) seeks to advance the vision of the PCA, which is to “glorify God by extending the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all individual lives through all areas of society and in all nations and cultures.”

To reach “all cultures,” we need the presence, perspective, and influence of African American leaders, as well as churches that welcome them.

AAM aims to catalyze new church plants led by African American elders.We do this by building an influential community of thriving African American leaders and congregants through resources and relationships out of which we recruit, support, and mobilize church planters.


Ready to Get Started?


Register with AAM

Tell us about yourself and add your contact information to our database for exclusive rewards and much more.


Schedule a Call

An optional 30-minute conversation to learn more the ministry and how you can take full advantage.


Attend a Conference

Fellowship with other African American PCA members from across the country or connect with leaders close to home.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Presbyterian Church in America was formed in 1973 to be a denomination that is “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.” Read more at pcanet.org.

AAM is a ministry of Mission to North America. MNA coordinates church planting, church renewal, and missional partnerships to serve PCA churches and presbyteries in North America in their mission to grow and multiply biblically healthy churches.

Starting new churches is the most effective way to grow the body of Christ and promote gospel renewal. We need PCA churches that will reach all kinds of people, and that will address issues that affect all kinds of communities.

African American PCA teaching elder Carl Ellis says, “Addressing concerns requires new models of the church – models able to appreciate the old traditions yet armed with theology that is biblical, cognitive and applied to addressing legitimate African American cultural core concerns.”

If you are an African American leader who is interested in starting a Church, please register with AAM to let us know.

There are people like you all over the country, and maybe even some in your area at other churches. Tell us where you are so that we can connect you to people and resources. Register with AAM.

The African American Presbyterian Fellowship (AAPF) is a relational body that provides support to pastors, their spouses and emerging leaders (such as interns and seminary students) for the purpose of encouragement and resilience in ministry. Our goal is to create regional fellowships in the following locations: Mid-West (St. Louis), South (Jackson, Alabama, Tennessee), Southeast (Georgia, South & North Carolina), East (Virginia, Maryland, DC, Baltimore).

Please click here to submit a job description.

We are working on a system to both track open positions and develop emerging leaders to become qualified candidates in the future. Give to AAM to support this initiative.

Thanks for asking! When you register with AAM, we’ll present you with specific ways to get involved, including prayer. Also, would you prayerfully consider partnering with us so that we can support leaders and help some of them plant churches?

Give to AAM

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