The Jewel In The Valley
Moreno Valley was the fastest growing city in the nation during the late 1980’s. Upon incorporation, the population rose from 50,000 to over 190,000 presently. Rev. Charles Langston and a small group of individuals living in the city and surrounding communities met at his home and laid the foundation to establish an African Methodist Episcopal Church in this fertile ground in 1989. With permission from Bishop Vinton Anderson, the first worship services were held at Badger Springs Middle School. The church was officially admitted into the Southern California Conference as A.K. Quinn A.M.E. Church in 1990.
In 1992 the church moved to a store front at 22920 Alessandro Blvd. under the leadership of Rev. Frank Gray. With a place to call home the church established new traditions and vehicles for ministry such as the Quinn Community Outreach Corporation (QCOC).
Rev. Michael Barta was the third pastor assigned to A.K. Quinn in 1996. Under his leadership the church grew with service and outreach to the community. Some of the ministries established were the Abundant Life Institute, the Blacksmith Shoppe, and QCOC received its 501(c) 3 non-profit status. In the summer of 1998 Quinn purchased a fully occupied office building located at 25400 Alessandro Blvd. Worship services were held at Sunnymeadows Elementary School while the smallest of the suites was used as a church office. At the end of the tenant lease for the largest space in 2000, the church began worshipping at its facility with Bishop Vernon R. Byrd officiating at the dedication. QCOC received its first major grant of over $75,000 for the Southern California Witness Project to help fight breast cancer. Through faith, prayer, family worship, giving, and God’s grace Quinn experienced an increase in blessings and growth.
With a focus on tithing, Rev. Christilene Whalen-Weaver, became the fourth pastor of Quinn. The church was blessed to establish a First Fruits Savings account and to purchase new seating for the sanctuary.
Rev. Damali Najuma Smith was appointed as pastor of Quinn in March of 2003 followed by Rev. Ronald Woods in 2005. A new kitchenette, tile floor, carpet and roof was added as the church continued in worship and praise.
On November 1, 2011, Rev. Theodore Payne received the appointment to become the pastor of A.K. Quinn A.M.E. Church in Moreno Valley. Under his leadership the membership at Quinn grew by 23%, the YPD was reactivated along with friends & family day, Praise and Worship, and the full year planning calendar.
Quinn Continued to grow under the leadership of Pastor Benjamin N. Thomas Jr. who was appointed to Quinn A.M.E. Church November of 2015 - October of 2019. Pastor Thomas has hit the ground running, bringing new life to Quinn through technology, new programs, renovations, and the Word of God.
Quinn's Newly appointed (November 2019) Pastor, Reverend Mercedes Tudy - Hamilton, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. She has been serving the members of Primm since August 2011. She accepted God's call in Christian Ministry in 1997 while living in Los Angeles, CA. Pastor Mercedes was ordained as an itinerant elder in the Southern California Conference in 2004 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She spent 5 years at Union Bethel A.M.E. Church in Great Falls, Montana where she completed her Masters in Transformational Leadership from Bethel University.Pastor Mercedes serves as the President of the Primm ABC Child Care Center Board of Directors, on the Pacific Northwest Conference Board of Examiners as the Admissions Instructor and is the First Vice President of the Fifth District Women in Ministry. Her ministerial foundational scripture is "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD's favor has come." Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) We invite you to join us in service to Christ and to bask in the showers of blessings He has in store for each of us.