Rev. Gregory says he was once arrested for picketing against racism outside the South African Embassy.
During the interview, Rev. Gregory says he has the following credentials: he has a Bachelor's degree from Morehouse College; he has a Master's in Religious Education from Yale Divinity School; and he possesses a Doctorate in Christian Studies from Union Theological Seminary.
The first shot of the opening credits in this episode (and all the show's episodes) shows Sherman Hemsley driving into the church parking lot. We see a sign that reads: 'Reserved, Deacon Frye, Don't Even THINK About Parking Here!'
The setting for 'Amen' is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The show's theme song was written by famed gospel musician Andrae Crouch.
The theme song for 'Amen' is "Shine On Me" sung by Vanessa Bell Armstrong.
In real life, Sherman Hemsley was only 9 years older than Anna Maria Horsford, who played his daughter Thelma on this series.
The Hetebrink sisters act as if they're about the same age. In real life, Barbara Montgomery was 12 years older than Roz Ryan.
Franklyn Seales appears on the hit sitcom 'Silver Spoons.'
Jester Hairston who portrays Rolly Forbes during the show's entire run was 85 years old when the first episode of 'Amen' was broadcast. He was 89 when the show left the airwaves four and a half years later. He lived to the ripe old age of 98.
Sherman Hemsley had not appeared in a starring role on television for a year since the demise of 'The Jeffersons' on CBS in 1985. This series was produced by Johnny Carson's production company for NBC.
Actor John Hancock appears again in season five in another role.
Deacon: (gesturing towards Reverend's ample girth) God gave each of us a temple. You have torn yours down and put up a Pizza Hut!
Deacon: Reverend, it's been six months since I hired you as pastor of this church and attendance is down twelve percent, our collections are down thirty three percent and your waist is up two hundred and fifty percent!
Jester Hairston's name now appears on the opening credits.
It is mentioned that First Methodist is a competing church and has four services each week, compared to the one service provided at First Community.
Nell Carter is known for her role on the popular NBC sitcom 'Gimme A Break!' which was still in production at this time.
This is the first episode in which we see the Hetebrink sisters performing their new secretarial duties. No mention is made about Michelle, the church's previous secretary, who appeared in the pilot episode.
Some of the reverend's duties at the church mentioned in this episode include refereeing a youth basketball game, performing a christening and delivering weekly sermons.
When the deacon is on the phone with the 911 operator, he ends the call and says the paramedics are on the way. But he never mentioned his address or where he was calling from when he was reporting an emergency.