They growth of Christianity among African American. In 1793 the first separate black
denomination, was African Methodist Episcopal church. This church was more appealing to ordinary black people, because it encouraged enthusiastic, expressive style. This church allowed uneducated preachers and there were itinerant. Jarena Lee was the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Women during her time were denied the right to preach in public. Jarena Lee challenged that tradition and became a minister, preaching in homes to different audiences black, white, male and female. Jarena Lee was an uneducated black woman who wanted to preach the gospel. Jarena Lee argues that “If it were not, the unlearned fishermen could not have preached the gospel at all, as they had no learning”(136). Lee’s argument is for the right of women to preach she argued the savior died for the women as well as for the men. But if Christ is a savior of all, then it is the humanity, the wholeness of Christ, which is significant. Jarena Lee fought the rights for women to preach, which we now have a right too in same churches.
She said it was a call from God that she should go out there and preacher and she asked her pastor Richard Allen, if she would be allowed to preacher. “As if lightening had darted through me, I sprang to my feet, and cried, ‘The Lord has sanctified my soul!’”(133). Jarena Lee decided to dedicate her life to evangelizing her first mission, it was challenging as women were not allowed to preach during those days. Jarena Lee felt that if man could preach the word of God so could she especially after God said to her “Go preach the gospel, I will put words in your mouth, and turn your enemies to become your friends”(134) and she did it. Jarena Lee became a traveling Minister and traveled thousands of miles on foot preaching the word of God.
Jarena Lee suppressed her calling to preach several times. Jarena Lee finally heed her call...