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 is joined in service with his wife, First Lady Jennifer Booker-Williamson, as of February 13, 2021.

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." 

On February 13, 2021, Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Williamson married Jennifer Booker and she joins COR as First Lady!

Mrs. Jennifer Booker-Williamson, immigrated to Las Vegas, Nevada from Suffolk, England in 1992.  There, she studied accounting at UNLV and worked as an Office Administrator for several prestigious law firms. Under her leadership, organizations engaged in various efficiency efforts including cost-saving techniques, consolidation of file space, and document security. Most recently, Jennifer returned to accounting as a tax consultant.

Jennifer was a member of First AME Church for over 28 years, serving as Church Treasurer, President of the Lillie M. Walker Women's Missionary, Steward Board member, and Angel Tree Prison Outreach Ministry. Outside of the church, Jennifer was active with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc, Las Vegas Chapter. Her advocacy includes serving children in the underserved population.

She appreciates healthy eating and wellness, exercising daily and spending time with family and friends.

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.