The History of First CME Church

On March 27, 1964, Good Friday, First C.M.E. was destroyed by an earthquake which registered 8.5 on the Richter Scale and did extensive damage throughout Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. Bishop Walter Amos, presiding Bishop of the Ninth Episcopal District, authorized the purchase o a building located at 529 F Street.

First C.M.E. became a beacon in the community. Operating a Walk-in-Center for the Municipality of Anchorage during the '70's, the congregation was able to refurbish the sanctuary with proceeds from this endeavor as well as providing spiritual guidance for the individuals who sought shelter.

Through the power of eminent domain the city acquired the church site at 529 F Street during Project "80's. The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts occupies the site now. The congregation undertook the awesome task of selecting and purchasing a new site. Church worship services were held at Anchorage School District sites: Fairview and Airport Heights Elementary Schools.

In August of 1985, the congregation gathered on the corner of 36th and MacInnes for the long awaited blessing and ground breaking of the present site. In December of 1986 the city granted a temporary access permit to the building and Christmas Eve as well as New Year's Eve Services were held in the Fellowship Hall. Worship services continued from January - May 1987 in the Fellowship Hall as the work was completed on the sanctuary.

Finally, on May 24, 1987, Bishop E. Lynn Brown, presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District dedicated and conducted the services and all activities relate to the event. The congregation of First Christian Methodist Episcopal was home!