In 1818, a small group of African Americans began meeting on Sunday mornings for Christian worship in a small house on Beacon Hill. This weekly gathering gave birth to what eventually became the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church. For two hundred years, this activist-congregation has faithfully served as a center for Black religious and civic activities in Boston.
The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church is a body of Christian disciples equipped and empowered for the work of twenty-first century evangelism, missions, youth development, education, and actively pursuing justice towards fulfilling the will of God.
Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., was appointed in 1994 as Pastor of the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. church. He is a native of Freeport, Long Island, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. Rev. Groover completed his doctoral work (D.Min.) at the New York Theological Seminary. The focus of his demonstration project and dissertation was on the strategic development of faith-based educational initiatives by urban African American congregations.
Rev. Groover is married to the Rev. Barbara Ann Groover who serves as the church's Minister to Women. The Groovers are proud parents of their daughter Gerami Greer Groover-Flores and son Gregory Groover, Jr.