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who we are

Discover the story, beliefs, and people behind phillips chapel.

where we've been

our history

Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church began in 1936 with Grants Chapel AME’s Reverend A.H. Hamilton opening his heart to his friend Reverend M. Thompson. Rev. With the goal of organizing a CME church in Albuquerque in an effort to establish a purposeful and hospitable presence in the community, six people gathered and were called to evangelize to spread the word and grow the church.


Over the years, the church grew and in 1937 the membership purchased homes in the neighborhood to establish presence and longevity. After three years, the property was sold and we purchased the present site which consisted of two small buildings which we used as a worship and parsonage. Several attempts were made to buy other buildings but it was decided to build instead and in 1960 the house of worship you see today was erected.


our history

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, familiarly known as the CME Church, was organized December 16, 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee by 41 former slave members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Composed primarily of African Americans, the CME Church is a branch of Wesleyan Methodism founded and organized by John Wesley in England in 1844 and established in America as the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784. The CME Church has more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations.

Phillips Chapel CME proudly belongs to Ninth Episcopal District which is comprised of CME churches in five Regions: Alaska-Pacific, Arizona-New Mexico, Northern California, Oklahoma, and Southern California.



The mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as the representative, loving presence of God and as witnesses to God’s salvation and grace.



The vision of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be a transforming church for Jesus the Christ within a changing world.



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"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of t​he Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. The third day He arose from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen."






William W. Dorn Jr., born in Albuquerque, NM over 60 years ago; has been a pastor since 1987 at Phillips CME Chapel Church in Albuquerque. He is the presiding elder of the Arizona-New Mexico District.  He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BBA from the Anderson School of Business.  

Pastor Dorn retired in 2013 from Goodrich Corporation as Director of Human Resources and since then, has been vigilant on honoring his commitment to serve God’s purpose.  In addition, to growing his congregation, pastor Dorn believes that the sole purpose of the church is to reach beyond the walls of the building, beyond denominationalism, beyond race and color; and spread the gospel of good news to those that are actively seeking God; and those that question the relevancy of Church.

Pastor Dorn has been married for 36 years to Vodra Dorn; he's the father of two sons: Quentin, a graduate of UNM and 2nd Lieutenant in the Army reserve; and Desmond, a graduate of the UNM School of  Architecture, currently working as an assistant brewer (Oh well… so much for an architectural degree!!!).

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Phillips Chapel CME is a Gospel-Centered church in the south broadway neighborhood of Albuquerque, NM.

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

1401 Edith Blvd. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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