Jarena lee (1783-1864) in 1819, lee became the first african-american woman authorized to preach in the african methodist episcopal church she was also the first african-american woman to have an autobiography published in the us. The preacher was in trouble it’s hard to take the life out of the story of jonah, but somehow he had struggling preachers are not unusual we’ve all had a sunday or several but in early 19 th-century methodism, including the ame branch of methodism, (of which this preacher was a part), the official preachers had a back-up—exhorters—and jarena lee was just such a person. Jarena lee (february 11, 1783 – ) was a 19th-century african-american woman who left behind an eloquent account of her religious experience. The composition of the image was meant to convey that lee was not only a religious woman, but a literate one as well the caption below reads: mrs jarena lee preacher of the a,m,e, church. 1 the council of bishops makes statement regarding the ordination of jarena lee: today, april 8, 2016, bishop john richard bryant, senior bishop of the ame church announced that the council of bishops met on wednesday april 6, 2016 and decided to ordain jarena lee posthumously during the 50th quadrennial session of the general conference.
Religious experience and journal of mrs jarena lee, giving an account of her call to preach the gospel mrs jarena lee, preacher of the ame church, aged 60 years in the 11th day of the 2nd month 1844, philadelphia 1844 revised and corrected from the original manuscript, written by herself philadelphia, printed and published for the author. Jarena lee, was born to a free black family in 1783 her family were free but they were also very poor as lee began to age, she found a love for the god and listening to the gospel she soon felt she had a calling on her life to spread the word of god, and to inspire other people most churches and. Jarena lee become a preacher but they also reinforced women’s belief that they were morally superior, and needed to put that morality to good use many applied their energies to reform movements favoring temperance, abolition, and women’s rights one study found about a hundred female.
Blackpastorg minister jarena lee was the first authorized female preacher in the african methodist episcopal (ame) church lee, whose family or maiden name is unknown, was born to a poor but free black family on february 11, 1783, in cape may, new jerseyin 1790 at the age of seven, lee was sent to work as a live-in servant for a white. Jarena lee then waited another eight years since applying to become an official preacher at that time, she attended a service where a man was preaching from the book of jonah, but she perceived. The birth of jarena lee in 1783 is marked on this date she was a black preacher and abolitionist from cape may, new jersey, she was the child of free black parents and worked as a servant in the home of a white family, 60 miles from her home. One sunday in 1817, jarena lee attended a service at mother bethel african methodist episcopal (ame) church in philadelphia a former servant, lee had become a christian nearly a decade before — a conversion experience which also awoke her desire to preach. Profile of jarena lee the first women licensed to preach in the ame church (a special tribute) we stand on her shoulders born on february 11, 1783, the reverend jarena lee paved the way for women preachers of all denominations.
Jarena lee was the first black woman to officially challenge the restrictions placed on women preacher she approached richard allen (founder of the ame), but he refused to allow her, or any woman, to preach or function in any other official ministerial capacity. Jerena lee was the first female african-american preacher and evangelist in the united states born in new jersey in 1783 to free but poor black parents, she traveled in her lifetime over 2300 miles and preached nearly 200 sermons to gatherings of men and women, blacks and whites. Lee's life and work offer us a glimpse into the world of an extraordinary christian woman, illuminating what life was like for an itinerant methodist preacher and the difficulties of being the. Bio: jarena lee was a 19th-century african-american woman who left behind an eloquent account of her religious experience the publishing of her autobiography made lee the first african american woman to have an autobiography published in the united states.
Jarena lee was the first woman ordained to preach in the african methodist episcopal (ame) church in 1835, lee published her autobiography, the life and religious experiences of jarena leethe book was published in 3 editions and distributed at camp meetings, christian societies, and on the street. Jarena lee was born on this day 1783 in new jersey a prayer for jarena lee: heavenly father, we give you thanks for the life and preaching ministry of jarena lee. What if we focused on hearing the voices of young african american leaders in the ame, amez, cme, and umc the way that crowds from all communities in the 19th century focused on ame preacher jarena lee and sojourner truth.
Jarena lee’s history is recorded and well known by her publication that she wrote title, “the life and religious experience of jarena lee” this pamphlet really highlighted some parts of her life but was overall a witness to her conversion story. Lee spent thirty years as an itinerant preacher and was the first black woman to be licensed to preach through the african methodist episcopal (ame) church despite the fact that the ame issued a definitive ruling that women were not permitted to preach in 1852, lee spent the bulk of her adult life preaching. Jarena lee, an african american preacher, was born (free) in 1873 and worked as a servant girl in the home of a white family 60 miles from where she lived. Jarena lee becomes a female preacher among the african methodists frederick douglass discusses christianity and slavery isaac lane preaches among the freedmen.