History and Background
The Richard Allen Youth Council was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, during the 150th
celebration of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Sesquicential Festival of Negro Methodism was celebrated by the African Methodist
Episcopal Church, June 22-27, 1937. It marked 150 years of progress by the AME Church
since Richard Allen and his followers withdrew from St. George M.E. Church in
Philadelphia, PA, in 1787. It was the beginning of a movement for self-help,
self-movement, and self-direction in the religious life of people of African descent in
This agency came from the vision of Dr. S. S. Morris, Sr., who committed to the idea of
bringing existing youth organizations together in the format of a council. It was not the
intent of the RAYC to replace any youth agency or organization. Each organization would
keep its own identity.
The primary goal of the RAYC was to coordinate and unify the total program which the
local church offered its youth.
The RAYAC today
Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC) was born at the 45th Quadrennial Session of the
AME Church, and is an outgrowth of the Richard Allen Youth Council (RAYC). The RAYAC no
longer serves as an overseeing body of other youth organizations, it is now a group for
young adults between the ages of 26-39. The goal of the RAYAC is to retain young adults to
the Lord, the church, and to lead young adults to use their gifts and talents in the
service of the Lord.