African Methodist Episcopal Church
Established in 1811
Rev. Dr. Richard O. McEachern - Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Richard O. McEachern is an Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Having pastored First Hempstead AME Church in Hempstead, Long Island and Bethel Tabernacle AME Church in Brooklyn, New York, he now serves as the Pastor of Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church and looks forward to leading the congregation into the new millennium of spirituality and church growth.
Rev. McEachern currently serves as President of Macedonia Plaza Community Development Corporation where he is responsible for leading the corporation in the development of a 143 units of affordable housing, a $45 million project that was completed in December 2014.
Rev. McEachern also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Macedonia Community Development Corporation, which distributes food to over 400 community residents each week through its Food Pantry Program and serves hot meals to over 100 people on Sundays through its Soup Kitchen Ministry.
Prior to becoming a full-time pastor, Rev. McEachern worked for Turner Construction Company, one of the largest construction companies in the country, for 23 years. He has held various management positions with the company such as Cost Engineer, Project Engineer and Project Superintendent. In September 1994, he held the position of Director of Community Affairs and was responsible for the overall management of Turner’s Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program, Youth Force 2020, and School of Construction Management Program.
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Rev. McEachern earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He received a Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree in Urban Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Rev. McEachern has been actively involved in many community and civic associations and fraternal organizations. He is a member of Community Planning Board 7, the Board of Trustees of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Board of Examiners for the New York Annual Conference, the Ministerial Alliance of New York City and Vicinity, the NAACP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. McEachern is married to Rev. Ellen Canty McEachern. They are the proud parents of two wonderful children Nia and Richard II.