To proclaim the Kingdom of God through the liberating and reconciling Word of God.
We believe that we have been called to minister through biblical teaching, the preaching of a liberating and reconciling Gospel, bible based stewardship, and life transforming worship and praise.
We believe we must serve Jesus beyond the walls of the church and like Christ, must go into the world and proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, to minister to the spiritual, social, political, and economic needs of God’s people through our witness and outreach.
Bermuda is Rev. Tweed’s ancestral homeland, and with is assignment to St. Paul in January 2013, he has brought with him a record of accomplishments as a clergyman and scholar gained both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. From June of 2009, until December 2012, he served with distinction as a Presiding Elder of the Manhattan District of the First District of the A.M.E. church, with responsibility for 15 churches.
In 1985, Rev. Tweed co-founded Mt. Zion A.M.E. church under the leadership of his father, Rev. Dr. Kingsley Tweed and within one year the church grew from 2 to around 300 members. This led to the re-establishment of the London Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church. Rev. Tweed was ordained an Iterant Deacon by Bishop Vernon R. Byrd.
In 1989 he graduated from Middlesex University earning an B.A with honours majoring in Philosophy with a double minor in Religion and Social Theory. Later that same year he went to the United States on a full scholarship to Turner Theological Seminary, a constituent of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While attending T.T.S., he served on the Ministerial staff of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church. In 1992, he graduated from Turner with honours and is continuing his studies as a Ph.D. candidate in Systematic Theology at Boston University.
In 1992, Rev. Tweed was appointed to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Providence, Rhode Island, during his time in Providence he also worked for the Urban League of Rhode Island as a Senior Community Organizer in the Advocacy and Public Policy Unit. In Providence, Rev. Tweed developed a reputation as a forceful advocate and was successful in getting the Legislature to establish a State Wide Commission charged with investigating racism and abuse in the Rhode Island Prison system.
In July of 1993, he was appointed to Allen Chapel A.M.E. church in Hartford, Connecticut where he served for 4 years. While serving in Hartford, Rev. Tweed was a vocal and viable force in the community. The membership at Allen showed a remarkable increase and the church became financially secure. In June 1997, during the first District Founder’s Day Celebration, Rev. Tweed was appointed to Macedonia A.M.E. Church, Flushing, New York.
While serving at Macedonia, Rev. Tweed continued to be active in the community. He was on the Board of Directors of the NAACP; on Community Board No. 7 in Flushing, and was appointed community liaison between the Flushing community and the Flushing Police Department. As he feels that the church should play a significant role in the community, Rev. Tweed started a Food Bank and established the Macedonia Community Development Corporation, which was designed to address projects aimed at meeting the needs of the distressed and oppressed within the Flushing community. Among the many accomplishments at Macedonia Rev. Tweed secured a sole source land disposition agreement and put together a landmark affordable housing project, the first in Flushing in more than 40 years.
In January 2013 Rev. Tweed was appointed the 33rd Pastor of St. Paul. Under his superb, energetic leadership, the congregation has grown. Continuing with his vision of the church’s role in the community, St. Paul in partnership with the BIU, and the PLP established a weekly Feeding Programme which services over 15,000 people a year. Rev. Tweed is also one of the principal founders of the People’s Campaign for Equality, Jobs and Justice, which is an advocacy group that has led the island on Social Justice and Human Rights Issues.
Under the direction of the Minister of Music Raymond George, St. Paul A.M.E. hosts some of Bermuda's finest musicians who minister through their instruments. The music of St. Paul covers all genres of music from classical to gospel to contemporary christian and more.
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St. Paul proudly stands on the shoulders of historic trailblazers whose dream of a temple dedicated to the glory of God and consecrated to community outreach continues to be realized through powerful witness of God’s saving grace. St. Paul is the Cathedral of Bermuda’s A.M.E. Church. It dates back to 1870, and formally affiliated with the A.M.E. Church in 1885.
Throughout its history, St. Paul has forged strong relationships with important institutions in the Bermudian community. St. Paul’s Christian witness has always undergirded and informed its social convictions championing such causes as free education, desegregation of public places and the development of laws ensuring equal opportunity for all people. St. Paul founded The Bermuda Collegiate Institute in 1892 and was instrumental in the formation of The Berkeley Institute in 1897. It was also involved in the formation of the Bermuda Worker’s Association which was a precursor to the Bermuda Industrial Union. The role of St. Paul in the political evolution of Bermuda is evident in that many of the founding and early leaders of the Progressive Labour Party were members of St. Paul.
Each pastor who has served St. Paul has helped to advance the ministry and witness of the church. Among those who distinguished themselves in service in the later part of the 20th century are; Rev. Vernon R. Byrd (later consecrated 105th Bishop of the A.M.E. Church), Rev. Dr. Wilbur Lowe Jr. (the First Bermudian appointed pastor of St. Paul), Rev. Sylvester Beaman under whose leadership the congregation grew and under whom Stone Hall was purchased. Additional land adjacent to the parsonage was purchased under Rev. Conway Simmons and the church’s debt was eliminated. Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton lead the congregation in the renovation of the sanctuary and completed the building of a brand new parsonage. In addition, a brand new Rogers-Casavant organ was custom built to ensure that St. Paul maintains the great tradition of church organ music for which it is known.
The Church has a strong history of championing social justice and among its members have been many of those men and women who led this struggle in Bermuda. For over fifty years St. Paul has broadcast its Sunday morning worship service to listeners all over the island via live radio broadcast, and for the past two years, via the internet where we enjoy a worldwide audience.
Today, St. Paul is experiencing a spiritual awakening through the inspired and dynamic leadership of Rev. Nicholas Genevieve Tweed, St. Paul’s 33rd pastor. The congregation has grown and the radio broadcast reaches an estimated 12,000 persons. In addition, St. Paul in partnership with the BIU, and the PLP established a feeding programme which services over 15,000 people. Rev. Tweed is also one of the principal founders of the People’s Campaign for Equality, Jobs and Justice, which is an advocacy group that has led the island on Social Justice and Human Rights Issues. Through sound biblical instruction, Rev. Tweed reminds us of the vision of our founders, inspired by Christ’s admonition that in the Church, “there’s room for everyone.”
The original church building circa 1890