Evans Metropolitan Church

301 North Cool Spring
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-5137
(910) 483-2862

(Founded in 1796)

The history of Methodism in Fayetteville is in direct parallel with Evans Metropolitan Church. Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church was founded in 1796 by the Rev. Henry Evans, the Father of Methodism in eastern North Carolina. Henry Evans, a black ordained preacher and a shoemaker by trade was a native Virginian. His remains lie entombed beneath the chancel of this church built on the original site in 1893.

The name of the church has changed over the years from the African Meeting House, where both African Americans and Caucasians worshiped together to Evans Chapel and finally Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion.

Many changes have taken place over the years but the mission of the church has remained the same, that is, to be a beacon landmark that provides a place of worship, haven and an inspiration to all who come within the influence of its Christian services.

The church edifice is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. The woodwork of the interior, 16 panel v-joint ceiling and wainscoting, a balcony with turned posts and brackets all illustrate the superb craftsmanship of the artisans who erected the church. The exterior structure reflects the same captivating craftsmanship. The front of the building is characterized by a two-story gable front, two towers, pointed windows and at the center of the gable a projected leaning Holy Cross said to be indicative of Henry Evans’ early struggle to found a church.

Evans Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church is the oldest church in Fayetteville. On July 7, 1983, Evans Metropolitan Church was listed into the National Register of Historic Places because of its historical and architectural significance.