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Our history


Our congregation began as First Agape A.M.E. Zion Church of Silver Spring, MD. Years later, First Agape at Gibson Grove found its way to the Gibson Grove site, at 7700 Seven Locks Road in Bethesda, MD, which we now call our church home.

First Agape inherited a historic site - The Gibson Grove church building, named after Sarah Gibson, a former slave from Virginia who migrated to the area shortly after the Civil War. The building is more than 104 years old and held the second oldest congregation in the Cabin John community. Read More Here

Our Commitment

In February of 2004, the church burned due to a leak in the oil heating system.

At this time, First Agape is in the planning phase to begin the rebuilding of the historic church building! Please see a rendition below:


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Your donation


We are deeply grateful for your interest in supporting the restoration of our church building and the mission of First Agape AME Zion Church. Thank you! To make your donation today, click on the donate button below and complete the secure online giving form. God Bless you!

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