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  • Melanie Woods Fisk Chapel A.M.E. Press Release

Retirement Luncheon For Pastor Reverend Thomas P. Johnson & Fisk Chapel's A.M.E. 165th Anniversary!

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Press release


Dear Saints, Parishioners, Friends of Fisk Chapel, and Christian Family,


We invite you to join us in celebrating the retirement of our beloved Pastor, Reverend Thomas P. Johnson, & First Lady Jacquelyn on October 29, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. We have arranged a spectacular luncheon event at The Raven and The Peach, 740 River Road, Suite #100, Fair Haven, NJ 07704. Rev. Johnson will officially retire his pastoral post during the Annual New Jersey A.M.E. Conference in March of 2023, which will coincide with Fisk Chapel A.M.E. Church’s 165th Anniversary Year!


The Raven & the Peach Restaurant Fair Haven, NJ.


We were born in humble beginnings in the waters across from Brown’s Lane when we were called Bethel A.M.E. Church. Later, we built an (at that time) state-of-the-art Sanctuary, complete with oil lamps and boiler heat by the design and assistance of General Clinton Bowen Fisk (Commissioner of President Abraham Lincoln’s Freedman’s Bureau), and re-named ourselves Fisk Chapel A.M.E. Church. As you may or may not know, after many decades, we outgrew that structure, donated the building, and watched it relocated around the corner to Cedar Avenue on two flat-bed trucks (what a sight that was!) and began work on our beautiful present Sanctuary.



We have historical significance within our Borough of Fair Haven, cultural importance within our New Jersey A.M.E. Conference, and a legacy of devout honor and service from those Heavenly Worshippers and Servants on whose shoulders we now stand. We would be extremely honored to have you unite with us on this remarkable day on Saturday, October 29th. Tickets are moderately priced at $65.00 for a three-course lunch at one of Fair Haven’s finest restaurants. Payments can be mailed to 38 Fisk Street, Fair Haven, NJ 07704, or online through Givelify/Fisk Chapel AME Church (list your name in the “note”). We are also composing a Journal of Celebration, selling full-page advertisements for $40.00 and a half page for $25.00, “camera-ready,” of course! In His Service, Sis. Sonia Reevey, Committee Chair Bro. Kevin Breckenridge, Co-Chair Sis. Melanie Woods, Co-Chair.


When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, At: 11:30 A.M. Ticket Cost: $65

Where: The Raven and The Peach, 740 River Road, Suite #100, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.

Payments: Online Givelify/Fisk Chapel AME Church Fair Haven NJ https://www.givelify.com/

or Mail to: Chapel A.M.E. Church 38 Fisk Street, or P.O. Box 6497, Fair Haven, NJ 07704

Contact persons: Sis. Sonia Reevey, Committee Chair - Bro. Kevin Breckenridge, Co-Chair - Sis. Melanie Woods, Co-Chair Email: fiskchapelamechurch@gmail.com


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