Community of Hope AME Church
Temple Hills, Maryland

Community of Hope AME Church describes itself as follows: It was “conceived from the vision of Rev. Tony Lee and born by permission of the A.M.E. Church (2006). The name of the church reflects its soul. Community is that identifiable place where we live and raise our families. Hope is a key ingredient necessary for faith and survival.” The church uses extensive online media including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, an online radio channel, LifeStream TV channel, video games, and blogs.

Church founder and senior pastor, Tony Lee, is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He has received national media attention on BET’s Cousin Jeff’s Chronicles, CNN and CSPAN. He has also been featured in various print media, including Upscale magazine and The Washington Post. Follow Tony Lee’s blog here.

Community of Hope is part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

This case study was conducted by Research Fellow Monica A. Coleman and published in December, 2011.

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