St. Paul A.M.E. is this year’s chosen location for the annual Columbus District Conference. This weekend representatives from seventeen churches throughout Ohio attended the conference. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in Philadelphia in 1787 and it is the oldest established African American church in the county. In fact, St. Paul A.M.E. hosted Ohio’s first conference in October, 1847. Every year representatives from various churches get together to learn from and educate those who attend. Thomas Liggins, Superintendent of Columbus District, says this is also a way for church officials to report the status of events taking place and problems that they are dealing with within the church.