Pastor Rev. Dr. Sherryl Matlock

Our Pastor is a native of Grandview, Texas and is the fifth child of the Late Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Katharine) Matlock.  She was educated in the Grandview Independent School District and continued her education at Paul Quinn College (Waco, Texas) and other institutions of higher learning. She received her early Christian training while growing up at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church-Grandview, Texas where the current pastor is Rev. Annie J. Love.

Dr. Matlock entered Christian ministry in August of 1980 at St. James A.M.E. Church-Fort Worth, Texas and has been preaching and teaching the word of God ever since.  

She has pastured Ball Chapel A.M.E Church-Wichita Falls, Texas, St. James A.M.E Church-Denton, Texas and served as supply pastor at St. Stephen A.M.E Church-Fort Worth, Texas.  She served as Assistant Pastor and Youth Pastor simultaneously for more than thirteen years at Historic Allen Chapel-Fort Worth, Texas during the pasturage of General Officer Rev. Daryl B. Ingram.

On November 13th, 2010 she was appointed by Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram to serve as pastor of Historic Allen Chapel. She is the first women pastor in the church’s 140 year history.

Our pastor is excited about doing a mighty work for the Lord and His people. Her focus at this time is on preaching and teaching the word of God, saving souls, reaching out to and attending to the needs of the youth and seniors of the church, being visible in the community and the city; as well as building restoration.  She truly believes that with God all things are possible.

Rev. Merrell Johnson - Presiding Elder Emeritus

Merrell Johnson was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Proncell Johnson and Lillian Wells Johnson. He attended the public schools in Sulphur Springs and graduated from Douglas High School. He later attended 0.L. Sherman In Service Theological School at Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas. His whole tenure has been a learning experience, with many Continuing Education classes.

Rev. Merrell Johnson accepted his call into the ministry at the age of twenty nine. He was licensed to preach by Presiding Elder Prince F. Jackson and was admitted to the North Texas Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, November 30, 1961. Rev. William Franklin Ball was the Bishop.

In thirty years Presiding Elder Johnson served seven different congregations. These churches listed in Order of assignment: 1962-1966 Allen Chapel, Irving now named Allen Temple, Grand Prairie; 1966-1969 Jenkins Chapel, Dallas now named Agape Temple, Dallas; 1969-1973 St. James, Fort Worth; 1973-1979 Greater Garth Chapel, Dallas; 1979-1980 Visitors Chapel, El Paso; 1980-1988 Anderson Chapel, Wichita Falls; 1988- 1991 Historic Allen Chapel, Fort Worth.

During his tenure at each church, in which he was assigned, Presiding Elder Johnson made significant improvements in the renovations of the facilities and property. He was successful in refurbishing the inner structure of these properties by purchasing new pews, purchasing pulpit furniture, installing air condition units, paving streets and parking lots and planting trees, bushes and flowers. He paid off mortgages and purchased adjacent houses and land for expansion. Namely, Greater Garth Chapel, Dallas and Anderson Chapel, Wichita Falls.

Presiding Elder Johnson has served under eleven Bishops and seven Presiding Elders. The Bishops are: William Franklin Ball, Sr., 0.L Sherman, H.I. Bearden, John H. Adams, William Henry Murph, Rembert Stokes, J. Haskell Mayo, Robert Lee Pruitt, John R. Bryant, McKinley Young and current prelate, Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram. Presiding Elders who served under were: Reverends, P.F. Jackson, S.V. Johnson, H.F. Dodson, S.J. Matthews,
Rev. Hartwell, E.J. Davis and John DeLeon Walker.

Reverend Merrell Johnson was elevated to the position of Presiding Elder in May of 1991 and placed over the San Antonio District. It was later combined with the Corpus Christi District then voted to be named the Southwest Texas District, Southwest Texas Conference

He Served the communities where he found himself: As Pastor he accomplished or served as the following.

1.    He is proud to have broken the racial climate in Irving, Texas by becoming the first African American to Speak from the pulpit of an all-white congregation.

2.    Ecumenical relations and racial relations were strengthened when there was an exchange of pulpits with an all -white Catholic Church in Wichita Falls, Texas.

3.    Treasurer of the Interfaith Ministries

4.    Chaplin of the Heart Foundation

5.    Member of the CAC Board

6.    Member of the Food Bank board

7.    President of the Eastside Ministerial Alliance City of Wichita Falls

8.    President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Wichita Falls

9.    Vice President of the Ministerial Alliance North Texas Conference

10. Organized Food Pantries

11. Distributed Federal Food Surplus to thousands of needy families

12. Improved Police and Community Relations

13. Member of the Education Advisory Sub-committee

14. Organized City Wide " THANK YOU AMERICA, PARADE" for making Martin Luther King's Birthday a Holiday

15. Member of the Wichita Falls Cancer Society

16. Member of the United Way Board Wichita Falls

17.  10" District Treasurer (short time)


Work as Presiding Elder

1.    Organized the District by creating the committees necessary to be successful.

2.    First District to use a percentage system to figure budgets and apportionments

3.    Organized City wide 24-Hour Prayer Vigil (San Antonio)

4.    Formed two new congregations

5.    Past President of the 10th Episcopal District Presiding Elders Council

6.    Past Sergeant at Arms of the Connectional Presiding Elder's Council

7.    Formed the Conference Trustee Fund

8.    Provided financial help for Church improvements and repair

9.    Participated in the Task Force on Gang Violence

10. Supporter of Bishop Sarah Davis's run for Bishop

Presiding Elder Merrell Johnson retired after 45 years of service to the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 2006. The service was held at Emmanuel A.M.E Church, San Antonio, Texas.

Presiding Elder Merrell Johnson is married to the former Ruby McCullough and to this union were born four daughters: Marilyn Johnson, Gwendolyn Nannette Johnson, Kim Shaunette Johnson Steward, and Vanessa Rene’ Johnson. He has six grand children, six great grand children and one great great grandchild.


Greater Fort Worth District Staff

Rev. Johnny Ray Mitchell - Presiding Elder

Rev. DeLois Evans Mitchell - First Lady


10th Episcopal District Staff

Rt. Rev. Vashti Murphy-McKenzie - Presiding Prelate

Bro. Stan McKenzie - Episcopal Supervisor



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