“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…”

–1 Peter 2:9

About Us

Founded in 1808, Abyssinian Baptist Church is one of the oldest African-American Baptist churches in the United States.

Housed in a landmark Gothic/Tudor building in Harlem, Abyssinian history is rich in worship, spiritual leadership, social activism and community service.

Through more than 50 ministries, Abyssinian diligently seeks to fulfill its mission:

“Win more souls for Christ through evangelism, pastoral care, Christian education, social service delivery, and community development.”

In this way, Abyssinian serves the greater Harlem community and New York City and its vicinity, as well as a global constituency—all for the glory of God.


Our weekly worship service, Sundays at 10 a.m. as well as a host of other events offer members, visitors and friends an opportunity to both praise God and enjoy fellowship. Learn More

Abyssinian Church is a caretaker and center of African American culture. Abyssinian’s programs are often infused with music that spans a range of genres: spirituals, high anthems, traditional and contemporary gospel, praise, jazz, blues, R&B and hip hop, all offered as a celebration of the highest values of our culture and our music.

Worship Services
Sunday Worship Services: 10:00AM (Virtual and In Person).

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Abyssinian continues to move forward in the larger service of humanity, fostering a membership that will spread the Gospel message and be disciples of Jesus in their homes, communities, and church, in fulfillment of our mission to change the world by changing hearts and lives to love the Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III has served as Pastor of the globally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City for more than 30 years. He has three children with his wife Patricia, and six grandchildren.

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