Learn More About University AME Zion Church in Palo Alto, CA

In-person & Online Worship Service Every Sunday at 9:30AM

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Welcome to University AME Zion Church. University AME Zion Church was founded in 1918 to provide a refuge for African American migrant workers to gather, build relationships, and create an atmosphere for authentic worship. For 100 years University AME Zion has grown from its humble, historic beginnings into a vibrant place of community reaching people from all walks of life in the Silicon Valley. Today University AME Zion Church warmly welcomes with open arms a diverse mix of cultures from varying socioeconomic and generational backgrounds.  Families, singles, seniors, students, and more are finding their place at University.  We are an active faith community providing love to the lost and compassion to the hurting, while supporting all people in their worship, witness, and work for God. 

about our pastor


Kaloma Smith is a committed pastor driven to see the church transform the community. Born in Jamaica and reared in Mt. Vernon, New York, Pastor Smith developed a genuine heart for people while serving in several ministerial positions.  At Greater Centennial Church in Mt. Vernon, he led the young adult, family life, men, and communications ministries.  He also served as Westchester District Chairperson for Young Adults in Christian Ministry, was instrumental in church growth at Foster AME Zion Church, and built vital facilities for Dixon AME Zion Church. 

While actively involved in ministry, Pastor Smith enjoyed award winning success as the Senior Managing Director of Home Theatre of Long Island.  At the apex of a promising corporate career anchored by bold, innovative leadership and marked with a track record of excellence, his spiritual father, Bishop W. Darin Moore, handpicked him to lead the nearly one hundred year old University African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Palo Alto, California.  Ordained in the summer of 2013, Pastor Smith embarked on a journey to use his God given gifts to build a healthy, energized church community.

Pastor Smith’s welcoming, non-traditional approach is connecting people of all backgrounds to authentically experience the rich and sophisticated message of God.  He currently lives in Palo Alto, CA with his wife, Larin Smith.

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Community. Community. Community. This church does it better than most. A welcoming group of people, exciting and frequent special events, worthwhile small groups, and a pastor who truly cares. I am thankful for this church and for all the people I have met here. Most of all I am thankful for the experiences this church has made possible for me. God Bless University AME Zion!
Ellery Dake, M.Ed.
If you're looking for a church community, look no further. The congregation is warm and inviting. The pastor sincerely preaches the word of God, and the choir fills the space with praise and worship.
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Address: 3549 MIDDLEFIELD RD, PALO ALTO CA, 94306