Our Pastor

Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Williamson, affectionately known as ‘Pastor Ralph,’ serves as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer (COR) A.M.E. Church, and President and CEO of COR Community Development Corporation (CDC) which is COR's nonprofit economic development organization that serves the disenfranchised and underprivileged.

Pastor Ralph believes the church is called to build a Covenant Community loving one another as God has loved us (Romans 12: 4 - 18). He believes that love is a verb that is best seen and felt through active care for church and community members through ministries.

His preparation for ministry is steeped in prayer, biblical scholarship, and administrative training. A thoughtful speaker and writer, Pastor Ralph is also an author. He writes devotionals for the three seasons of the Christian calendar--Advent, Lent, and Pentecost. He also has written several books.

Pastor Ralph is passionate about sharing God’s word, helping people grow spiritually, and leading individuals to find their love for Christ. He is the 6th pastor for COR, coming to us in 2019 after serving faithfully for 16 years at First A.M.E. Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He loves Ephesians 3:20 which reads "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." 

God's Work. Our hands.

COR History. Serving God and His People.

On Sunday, February 3, 1991, Rev. Linda Parker, Mother Gwen Oden, and 25 other believers founded Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.


From 1992 through 1998, COR held worship services in various churches in Costa Mesa and Irvine, as well as local schools.


In 2000, COR returned to the campus of UCI for worship services until 2006 when COR purchased a church on Maxwell Street in Irvine where worship and ministry continued until COR outgrew that location and moved to 45 Tesla in 2014.

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    Mother Gwen Oden

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    Sheila E celebrates

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    at COR on Maxwell Street

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    Keith Murray and Bishop Kirkland

    burn the mortgage on

    the Maxwell Street location.

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    Dedication of the

    Tesla Worship Center!

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    Rededication of the renovated

    Tesla Worship Center!

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    Pastor Ralph participating in 

    Irvine's National Prayer Day!

COR has been pastored by:


Rev. Douglas Patterson

Rev. Parcel Hector

Rev. Crystalline Weaver

Rev. Edgar Jones

Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. 

Presiding Elder Roosevelt Lindsey 


Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church is the largest A.M.E. Church in Orange County.


Since 1991, men, women, and children have connected with COR to belong to an ethnically diverse group of congregants seeking to shape their behavior in line with their belief in Jesus, Christ as their Lord and Savior.