St. Paul A.M.E. Church ~ Rockville Centre
453 Pershing Blvd
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Reverend Tristan J. Salley, Senior Pastor
Reverend Tristan J. Salley was born and raised in Hartford, CT. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, CT, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Upon his graduation from the University of Hartford, Reverend Salley began working in higher education at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT, where he served in the dual capacity of Summer Bridge Coordinator and Mentor Coordinator for the Men of Vision and Education “MOVE” Program, a grant funded program that assisted minority young men with the opportunity to bridge barriers and achieve their educational goals.
As a lifelong AME, Reverend Salley has served the church on all levels, most notably as the First Vice President of the First District Young People’s and Children’s Division (YPD) from 2006-2013, and as a member of the General Board of the AME Church from 2008-2012. Reverend Salley attributes his love of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the support and encouragement of those who saw something in him and pushed him to grow.
In July of 2012, Reverend Salley returned to the academic arena at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, OH, where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree in May of 2015.
In April of 2015 the Right Reverend Gregory G.M. Ingram ordained Reverend Salley as an Itinerate Deacon at the 164th Session of the New England Annual Conference and the following year, 2016, Bishop Ingram ordained Reverend Salley as an Itinerate Elder in the AME Church at the 20th Session of the Western New York Annual Conference.
On June 13th of 2015, Reverend Salley received his first pastoral appointment, when Bishop Ingram assigned him to serve as the 16th and "youngest" pastor of the Delaine-Waring African Methodist Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York. During his three year tenure as pastor, Delaine-Waring Church grow spiritually and financially as Reverend Salley was a champion for administrative autonomy and organizational infrastructure and policies.
Having been a champion of administrative autonomy and organizational infrastructure, Bishop Ingram appointed him to his second pastoral charge, the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rockville Centre, New York.
Outside of the church, Reverend Salley has been a member of numerous non-profit organizations and has served in many leadership capacities, most recently as the Financial Secretary of the African Methodist Ministerial Alliance of Western New York.
Reverend Salley is the proud son of Mrs. Glenda Brisard and his favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5 and 6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”