Shorter Chapel was organized just before 1868. In 1873, the Trustees of Shorter Chapel started negotiations with the Trustees of the White Methodist Church (First Methodist Church) to purchase a plot of land on Church Street in Franklin, Tennessee. On May 12, 1873, the Trustees of the two congregations met and signed the deed giving Shorter Chapel the property which included a parsonage. Research revealed that the bricks were made by slaves and that the church had been used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
In 1923, the members decided it was time to relocate. Land was purchased in the heart of the Black Community, now known as The Historic Natchez Community. To preserve the historical status of the church, the original bricks of the church were carried either by hand or by wheelbarrow to the present site. Because of its history, Shorter Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is listed on the Tennessee and National Historical Registries.
Shorter Chapel is a "Tie to the Past and a Link to the Future".
Meet Our Pastor
The Reverend Kenneth H. Hill, Ph.D., has been appointed as pastor of the Historic Shorter Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Franklin, Tenn.
Rev. Hill comes to Franklin as a retired Executive Director of Christian Education of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; he was assigned to Shorter Chapel after serving as Presiding Elder of the Louisville-Paducah District, in the West Kentucky Annual Conference; 13th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Church. His teachings span across universities and seminaries throughout the country.
He is the author of several books including his most recent: "Religious Education in the African American Tradition", Chalice Press.
Rev. Hill completed his Masters of Theology from Harvard Divinity School, and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree at the University of Michigan. He brings to the ministry an educator's mind and a pastor's heart. These qualities serve him well as he labors with a view to lead the Church into the future.
Rev. Hill is married to Dr. Roberta Hill. They have five children and four grandchildren.