Welcome Brothers & Sisters


Shine in the love of God's grace, every day.

At Durham A.M.E. Zion Church, it's our mission to help you explore your relationship with God and improve those meaningful relationships in your family life. Join us each Sunday and experience the warmth of faith and the strength of our community.

About Us

We are a Church like no Other.


Because we are a People like no Other.


Because we serve a God like no Other!


Our Ministries

Welcome to Durham A.M.E. Zion Church!
We are so delighted you are here.  Please take time to browse our website and become a brick and mortar or internet member or member.
Our Weekly Ministries:
Sunday Worship
Sunday School
Milk to Meat Bible Study
Mid-Weekly Prayer
Friday Night Youth Night
Dance Ministries (Praise and Mime – Adults and Young People)
Choir and Praise & Worship
Our Seasonal Ministries:
Men’s Ministry
Women’s Ministry
Membership Outreach
Spiritual Enrichment Retreat

Scholarship Committee ​
We want to reach the community for Jesus Christ by touching one life at a time.
Church Motto 
We are a church like no other because;
We are people like no other;
Who serves a God like no other.

Come and be uplifted at Durham A.M.E. Zion Church where our mission is straightforward and our vision is clear!
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law happy is he. Proverbs 29:18

Continue to be Blessed because you are Blessed!


Our Pastor

The Reverend Leonard A. Edwards

Rev. Leonard A. Edwards was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the oldest of four children. He has a West Indian background which taught him how to respect others, love of family and shared sacrifice. He has been very blessed to have parents that instilled confidence and vision.

He was educated in Mount Vernon public school system where he graduated with a New York State Regents Diploma in mathematics. He was voted the number one Vocational Student in Architectural Drafting and Design.  Upon graduation from high school he attended S.U.N.Y. at Morrisville Technical College and received an Associate Degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Technology (Design & Drafting). He continued his education at the College of New Rochelle graduating with a Bachelors of Art in the School of New Resources. Rev. Edwards continued his education by earning a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. He is currently enrolled in the Pastoral Community Counseling Doctorate Program at Argosy University. Rev. Edwards has been working in the architectural engineering field for over twenty-five years.

Rev. Edwards is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He received his first pastoral appointment to St. Mary A.M.E. Zion Church, in Coram, NY in 1993.  From June 1997 to present he has been the pastor of the Durham A.M.E. Zion Church in Bay Shore New York.  During his years in pastoral ministry he has seen and heard from so many different people seeking Godly help for themselves and others.  He has received numerous awards, certificates and gifts by sharing with others God’s love.

He has standing beside him, his wonderful wife, Kathleen Edwards. Out of this union they have been blessed with three children, Kenia, Kristin and David and Kristopher, their grandson.


Our Praise Dance & Mime Ministries

 He Knows My Name


Continue to be blessed, because you are blessed.

We welcome you to come worship with us on Sunday Morning at 11:00am. 

Durham AME Zion Church

1893 Heckscher Avenue, Bay Shore, New York 11706, United States

(631) 231-8726