About Us


Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church was founded November 5, 1950, by a small group of people who saw a need for a place of worship in the Chapel Oaks, Maryland Community.

The first meeting place for this visionary group was at the home of a community family. Hemingway Memorial A.M.E, then known as “Williams Mission,” was incorporated on August 22, 1952. The first building committee was organized during this time and raised $500, which was matched by Bishop Lawrence Hemingway to begin construction on the church’s physical facility. The “Ground Breaking Ceremony” was held later in 1952, at which time construction began. Hemingway Memorial A.M.E was the first church to be constructed in the Washington Conference of the A.M.E. Church. The church received the Deed of Trust on August 17, 1959.

In April 1972, Rev. William Robert Porter was assigned to Hemingway Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church. His family accompanied him to his new assignment. Rev. Porter was ambitious, energetic, enthusiastic, and imbued with the Holy Spirit. Under his leadership and his vision for kingdom building, new ministries and programs were added or reactivated.

On January 16, 1975, the church mortgage was liquidated and a “Mortgage Burning” was held on March 16, 1975. Rev. Porter had the Deed of Trust recorded in the name of Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church of the Washington Conference. Hemingway’s membership has impacted not only the lives of its members but it has also impacted the surrounding communities because of the church’s commitment to God’s work in Prince George’s County and the Washington Metropolitan Area.

On February 2, 1993, Hemingway purchased property on Hill Road in Landover, Maryland, with the intent of constructing a new edifice. On February 6, 1993, a dedication service was held on the Landover site. Plans to build a new edifice were begun but did not keep pace with the church’s immediate need for additional space. Therefore, on June 22, 1999, Hemingway purchased our current property on Gateway Boulevard as an interim site for worship and ministry to accommodate the church’s growing congregation. This building was fully renovated and tailored to meet the needs of the many ministries of our Hemingway family. Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church relocated to 6330 Gateway Boulevard, District Heights, Maryland on Palm Sunday, April 16, 2000.

After 33 years of ministry at Hemingway Memorial, Rev. William Robert Porter retired on April 17, 2005, during the Washington Conference Annual Conference. At the request of Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Rev. Porter returned to Hemingway Memorial A.M.E as interim pastor until Bishop Richardson appointed the new pastor. Bishop Richardson appointed the Reverend Samuel E. Hayward, III, as the new pastor of Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church on May 7, 2005.

On May 7, 2005, Reverend Samuel E. Hayward, III and his family were lovingly embraced by the members of Hemingway Memorial. Since Pastor Hayward’s appointment to Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church, the members are experiencing intensive spiritual growth and development as a result of the dynamic and spirit-filled preaching and teaching which God has poured into this servant of God. Not only is the church growing spiritually, but also physically. Needed improvements to the church facility have been made including the installation of state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and painting and repair of the roof and ceiling. Several ministries have been revitalized or reorganized, including the married couples ministry, outreach ministry, men’s ministry, youth ministry, teaching ministry and the Love Feast has been reinstituted. Pastor Hayward is a dynamic and caring pastor who continues to admonish the congregation to always give of their BEST to GOD, i.e., your BEST worship, your BEST praise, your BEST self. . .


  • Church Info

    Hemingway Memorial AME

    6330 Gateway Boulevard
    District Heights, MD 20747
    (301) 568-9127

    Click here for directions

    Sunday Services

    9:00 am

    Weekday Bible Study

    12:00 pm Wednesday
    7:00 pm Wednesday

    7:00 pm Thursdays- Men’s Bible Study


    1st Sunday

    Senior Pastor

    Reverend Sheleta Fomby