The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) is a denomination with a history which spans more than two hundred years. Recognized for inspirational worship, impactful ministries, social justice, educational excellence, and economic and community development, it is one of more than two hundred and thirty-five denominations which comprise the World Council of Churches headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Inclusive of twelve episcopal districts, AME Zion is considered the Freedom Church, with the mission to build ministries which change lives, alter conditions, and create sustainable communities.
The Western Episcopal District (W.E.D.) of the AME Zion Church is one of twelve episcopal districts. The W.E.D. District consists of 5 multi-cultural and racially diverse Annual Conferences, eight Presiding Elder Districts, and fifty-two churches. The Annual Conferences are on the west coast of the United States and stretches from San Diego in southern California to Fairbanks, Alaska in the north and in between encompassing the states of Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.