Awards will be presented in 5 categories to commemorate the Church’s 150th Anniversary


Shorter Chapel AME Church is seeking nominations from the community for the Shorter 150th Awards. These awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have contributed to the betterment of Williamson County in honor of Shorter Chapel’s 150th Anniversary. A detailed explanation of award criteria is included below.

Award categories are:

  • Outstanding Youth Award
  • Best Community Organization Award
  • Economic Justice Award
  • Exemplary Ministry Through Music Award
  • Shorter Chapel Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations can be made online at The deadline is April 21 and awards will be presented on August 10 at the Shorter Chapel Awards Gala (must be present to win) at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

Shorter Chapel AME Church, located at 255 Natchez St, Franklin, TN 37064, is turning 150 years old this year. The church is one of the oldest African American churches in the state of Tennessee and is listed on the Tennessee and National Historic Registries. Since 1868, Shorter Chapel has served the Franklin, Tennessee Christian community. For more information visit

Award Categories and Criteria

Exemplary Ministry Through Music Award

The Exemplary Ministry Through Music Award is given to an individual, group, or church choir in Franklin, Tennessee or the surrounding area that has demonstrated Christian leadership through the gift of music. Nominees must have contributed significantly to their community by sharing the gift of Christian music both inside and outside of formal church settings.

Outstanding Youth Award

The Outstanding Youth Award is given to a youth between the ages of 12 to 18 who has demonstrated a commitment to Christian leadership. Nominees must have a history of volunteerism, leadership, and community service in Williamson County.

Best Community Organization Award

The Best Community Organization Award is given to a Christ-centered non-profit organization that has a proven track record of providing assistance to those in need in Williamson County. Nominees must have a track record of providing aid to disadvantaged populations.

Economic Justice Award

The Economic Justice Award is given to a business, organization or individual with a proven track record of working to create economic opportunity and empowerment for disenfranchised communities. This can include work in support of fair wages, job training, and financial fitness. Nominees must work with disadvantaged populations in Williamson County.

Shorter Chapel Lifetime Achievement Award

The Shorter Chapel Lifetime Achievement Award is given an individual who has made significant contributions to promoting the goals of Shorter Chapel and the A.M.E. Church over a period of 20 plus years. Nominees must have an established history of distinguished service to both the Christian community and the community at-large. Nominees must have demonstrated over an extended period of time volunteerism,   spiritual growth and development, church leadership, outstanding Christian character, and a lifetime of achievements anchored, rooted, and grounded in faith and love and the principles of Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church.