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Gibson Grove AME Zion Church was founded by ex-slaves who felt the need to have a house of worship near their small community in Montgomery County, Maryland. The church was started by Mrs. Sara Gibson one of its founding members.


Gibson Grove Church Founded


Church building relocated and constructed at present site

2003 - Present Day

First Agape AMEZ congregation migrates to Gibson Grove church

Mrs. Gibson was a spiritual woman and felt the need to have a place to worship that was near her home. Up to that time, she and others in the area, worshipped in a log cabin on River Road so she gave a part of her land to construct a church building.

1923 church members

As Pastor of First Agape AME Zion Congregation since 1997, Reverend Bankhead was assigned by the African Methodist Episcopal Church as caretaker of the Gibson Grove AME Zion Church in 2003. Under his leadership the congregations of both churches were merged and had completed extensive repairs and renovations, operating at the site until a devastating fire burned down a significant portion of the building structure on Ash Wednesday 2004. Reconstruction efforts are still ongoing.