Founded in 1828, First Israel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has served the Albany community for over 175 years. Israel AME Church served as a station on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War (Harriet Tubman slept in the basement). The Albany Chapter of the NAACP was also founded at the Church. In 1989 the Church became a part of an urban church cluster ministering to the inner city.
In 2013, First Congregational Church began a dialogue with our friends at the First Israel AME Church to provide pulpit supply while we searched for a perminent minister. This relationship eventually developed into a "mission partnership." Although we have our own minister in the pulpit today, we continue to work with the AME church on a number of joint initiatives to establish, develop, and expand community projects within our city.