September - December 2020


*Bishop and Mrs. Julius H. McAllister the Eighth Episcopal District Episcopal Team Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Bishop McAllister stated, “Today, we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. To God be the glory!

Even in the midst of this global pandemic, we had a wonderful, enjoyable and lovely time together. We did it our way: no fanfare, no dining out, and no company. I did the cooking, we watched a television movie, answered several phone calls from family and friends, we reminisced about how we first met, our first date, the births of our children, the people God used to touch our lives and ministry in so many special ways, then, we made a brief visit to the mall to one of her favorite stores and headed back home (episcopal residence). Oh, what exhilarating love, joy and happiness that can be experienced in just doing the simple, ordinary things of life. 

We thank God for blessing us with three wonderful children, five beautiful grandchildren, a wonderful daughter-in-love and a son-in-love.

Congratulatory Messages may be sent to:

The Eighth Episcopal District AME Church

Office of the Bishop

5450 Executive Place
Jackson, MS 39206
(601) 366-8240
(601) 366-8175 (FAX)


Or to:



*Celebrating Sixty-One Years in Ministry of The Reverend Dr. William W. Easley, Jr, Presiding Elder Louisville District AME Church, Parliamentarian, Connectional Presiding Elder's Council


The Virtual Retirement Celebration Worship Service for the Reverend Dr. William W. Easley, Jr, Presiding Elder, Louisville District was held Sunday, September 13, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST) The Right Reverend Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath, Presiding Prelate, Thirteenth Episcopal District was the  Preacher.


       He received his formal education from:

  • Montgomery High School, Lexington, TN
  • Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
  • As a student at TSU he was a participant in the Lunch Counter Sit-Ins in Nashville
  • The Urban Training Center for Christian Mission, a program of the Univ. of Chicago
  • Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH
  • The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • Austin-Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
  • A Richard Allen Fellow
  • A Ford Foundation Fellow
  • Awarded the Lubrizol Foundation Award for Academic Excellence at Payne Seminary
  • Selected to serve as a Student Observer to the Consultation On Church Union while a student at Payne Seminary
  • Selected to serve as Liaison Representative for the National Council of Churches (NCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign in Washington, D.C. while a student at Payne Seminary
  • Also studied at The University of Georgia’s Institute for Government
  • Recipient of 3 Honorary Doctoral Degrees 

Called to Preach at age 12.  Licensed to Preach at age 13.  Ordained an Itinerant Deacon in 1961 (Ward Chapel, Memphis, TN).  Ordained an Itinerant Elder in 1963 (St. John, Nashville,TN).

  • Pastor of Salters Chapel, Henderson, TN (Built new church at age 14), Long Chapel, Jackson, TN  Green Chapel, Hartsville, TN  St. Peters, Nashville, TN (purchased the property for new church building)
  • Served on Ministerial Staff at Wayman A.M.E. Church, Dayton, OH while a student at Payne Seminary 
  • After Seminary, pastored Greater Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Clarksville, TN, Asbury Chapel A.M.E. Church, Louisville, KY, St. Joseph’s A.M.E. Church, Durham, NC (Installed new Reuter Pipe Organ, Membership increased from 619 to almost 2000), Campbell A.M.E. Church, Washington, D.C. (purchased new Allen Organ, installed new Stain Glass Window in Sanctuary, purchased new building and parking lot)
  • Returning to the 13th District, serving as pastor of Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church, Nashville, TN, New Tyler A.M.E. Church, Memphis, TN, Bethel A.M.E. Church, Chattanooga, TN, Taylor Chapel Community A.M.E. Church, Bowling Green, KY, Historic Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church, Franklin, TN, Presiding Elder of the Louisville District, Kentucky Annual Conference.
  • Privileged as a Pastor to have mentored many sons and daughters in Christian Ministry.

       Denominational Service and Involvement

  • Lesson Writer for the Primary, Junior and Senior Sunday School Quarterlies for the Division of Christian Education (1969-1971)
  • Member of the Revision of the A.M.E. Book of Discipline and the Compilation of the Discipline Committee (1984, 1988, and 2004)
  • Alternate Delegate to the 1972 A.M.E. General Conference, Delegate to the 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004,  2012 and 2016  AME General Conference 
  • Chairman of the 13th Episcopal District Delegation for the 1976 General Conference. (Youngest Elected Delegation Chairman)
  • Member of the A.M.E. Theological Working Papers II (1980)
  • Delegate to the 15th, 16th and 17th World Methodist Assemblies held in Nairobi, Kenya, Singapore, Malaysia, and Rio de Janerio, Brazil
  • Member of the A.M.E. Church’s Strategic Planning Initiative (2003-2004)
  • Elected Parliamentarian of the A.M.E. Church Connectional Presiding Elder's Council
  • Chairman, Board of Ministerial Training for the Western North Carolina and the Tennessee Annual Conferences
  • Chairman of the 4th Year Studies for the Board of Ministerial Training for the Washington Annual Conference
  • Treasurer for the Second Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church (1994-2000)

         Civic Service and Involvement

  • Secretary of the Louisville NAACP Branch during the busing for school integration crisis in Louisville, KY
  • Member of the Kentucky Department of Justice’s AD HOC Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Women and Minorities in State Government
  • Member of the North Carolina Educational Policy Seminars
  • Chairman of the Education Sub-Committee of the Durham Committee On the Affairs of Black People
  • CO-ANCHOR of “INTERCHANGE” for Durham Cablevision Channel 8
  • President of Durham Congregations In Action (sponsoring Meals On Wheels, Elder Neighbor, Medi-Port, Host Homes, Community Soup Kitchen
  • Charter Member of the James E. Shepherd SERTOMA Club of Durham, NC
  • Member, the National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators for the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
  • Member, the Advisory Board of the Duke University Comprehensive Sickle Cell Research and Treatment Program
  • White House Participant for the Religious Consultation on the SALT II Arms Limitation Treaty between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. during the Administration of President Jimmy Carter
  • Member of the National Council of Churches IMPACT Briefing Sessions in conjunction with the extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill and the Fair Housing Bill in the Congress of the United States.
  • Invited Participant at the White House Rose Garden Reception for the newly elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela during the Administration of President William J. Clinton
  • Participant with the Presidential Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad appointed by President Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State
  • Participant at the White House Briefings on the Africa Trade Bill during the Administration of President George W. Bush
  • Participant and Supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 during the Administration of President Barack H. Obama
  • Guest Lecturer and Teacher at the University of Louisville, Bowie State University and Duke University
  • Guest Preacher at Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina on many occasions.  Duke Chapel selected four (4) of Dr. Easley’s Sermons delivered in Duke Chapel to Record and Archive for posterity.

He is married to Connectional Officer, Ora L. Seats Easley, International Administrator of the Clergy Family Information of the A.M.E. Church and they have one adult son, William W. Easley, III, and daughter-in-love, Sonja Elaine Tyler Easley who reside in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and are members of Reid Temple AME Church.

Dr. Easley gives Thanks to an Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent and Gracious God for his 61 Year Journey serving African Methodism. 

Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to:
Or mailed to:
Rev. Dr. William W. Easley, Jr.
5981 Hitching Post Lane
Nashville, TN 37211-8570
615-837-9736 (Home Phone)
615-478-7681 (Cell)


*The 90th Birthday Celebration of Mrs. Helena Hall Boykin, Retired Pastors Wife and WMS Life Member 


The 90th Birthday of Mrs. Helena Hall Boykin was celebrated on September 11, 2020.  Mrs. Boykin is the church school superintendent at Mt. Olive AME Church, Wilmington, North Carolina, Life member of the Women's Missionary Society, and a faithful Christian worker. She is the wife of Rev. Robert D. Boykin (Retired pastor, North Carolina Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District) and the mother of Rev. Ronald Boykin (Pastor, Seaton Memorial AME Church, Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District), William O. Boykin (AME Church General Board member) and Helena Highsmith. Mrs. Helena was celebrated virtually with a host of relatives and friends from across the connection. 

Birthday greetings can be sent to: 

Mrs. Helena Hall Boykin 
1109 S. 7th St
Wilmington, NC 28401 



Congratulatory Announcements November 2020




Dr. Theressa Gregg James, the very gracious and efficient Episcopal Supervisor Retired, celebrates her 98th Birthday, Friday, November 13, 2020. Dr. James is the wife of Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Birth Place and Education

  • Dr. James was born in Marion, South Carolina to the Late Mr. and Mrs. Grant Gregg
  • St. John AME Church, Marion, South Carolina was the family’s home church
  • Early education received at Marion County Training School  
  • Undergraduate work, Kittrell College, Kittrell, NC (Freshman and Sophomore Years)
  • Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina, (she and Bishop James’ “Beloved” Allen University), Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in History, Cum Laude Graduate
  •  Master’s Degree, Columbia University in New York, NY, major, Childhood  Education-Older Children  
  • Awarded Doctorate of Humanities Degree, Monrovia College, Monrovia, Liberia West Africa, 1988 for her dedication in Missions

Dr. James is a retired educator and enjoyed a career in the following:

  • Marion County Training School, Marion, South Carolina - Teaching
  • Waverly Elementary School, Columbia, South Carolina -Teaching
  • Liberty Street Elementary School, Sumter, South Carolina – Assistant Principal

While serving as First Lady, Dr. James was actively involved in the life of the churches where the then, Rev. F.C. James was assigned as pastor, particularly with the Women’s Missionary Society and Young Peoples Division. 

  • She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Life Member and Legacy Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women

Dr. James is also an author, “An Historical Review of Missions In South Africa.”

Her church work included the Women’s Missionary Society, Church Women United, World Federation of Methodist Women, the Bishop’s Spouses Council, Governing Board of The National Council of Churches of America and Church World Service Committee
Dr. James actively and faithfully served as Episcopal Supervisor beside Bishop James in the 15th (South Africa and South West Africa), 18the (Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Mozambique), 12th( Oklahoma and Arkansas), 7th Episcopal District (South Carolina), the Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Office of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the 2nd (Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, respectively.

They were and remain “a model Christian Couple.”

Join us in showering Dr. Theressa Gregg James with Birthday greetings and well wishes.


Mail  cards to:

Dr. Theressa Gregg James, Supervisor Retired
2421 Lang Street (Home Address)
Columbia, SC 29204
Messages can also be emailed to: or

Birthday greetings can also be sent to:

Office of Bishop Frederick C. James
3700 Forest Drive #420
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 787-8201, (803) 787-8215 – FAX

*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Completed Scholar’s Program Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
completed the Service-Learning Scholars Program at Louisiana State University with the Center of Community Engagement and Leadership. The program consisted of 5 sessions of two hours and syllabus and curriculum design. Dr. Kelly’s project for the Spring Semester will be The Legacy of The African American presence on Louisiana State University’s Campus. Dr. Kelly is adjunct Instructor in Human Sciences and Education and African and African American Studies.

Definition of Community Engaged Research: • Research in any field that partners university scholarly resources with those in the public and private sectors to enrich knowledge, address and help solve critical societal issues, and contribute to the public good1 • Publicly engaged academic work is scholarly or creative activity integral to a faculty member’s academic area. It encompasses different forms of making knowledge “about, for, and with” diverse publics and communities. Through a coherent, purposeful sequence of activities, it contributes to the public good and yields artifacts of public and intellectual value. It includes: Ø Scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners Ø Intellectual work that produces a public good Ø Artistic, critical, and historical work that contributes to public debates Ø Efforts to expand the place of public scholarship in higher education, including the development of new programs and research on the successes of such efforts.

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Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: (Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor)

 Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams, General Officer Retired, celebrates her 102nd Birthday on December 15, 2020

Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams will celebrate her 102nd Birthday, December 15, 2020. Among her many accomplishments, she is the first woman to be elected a General Officer in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, as editor of The AME Church Review, an established literary journal.

Dr. Williams loves reading, writing, and receiving mail.  Let us shower her with birthday cards and keep her busy celebrating her special day!

Birthday well-wishes can be sent to:

Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams

125 Wynfield Way, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 346-8927 — Phone/FAX

Email to:


Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams was born on December 15, 1918, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Rev. Frederick Douglass Coleman, Sr. an AME minister and Mother Jamye Harris Coleman, a religious writer, and missionary. Williams grew up in Kentucky and earned her B.A. with honors in English from Wilberforce University in 1938. The following year, she received an M.A. in English from Fisk University. Over the next twenty years, Williams taught at four A.M.E. institutions of higher education: Edward Waters College, Shorter College, Morris Brown College, and Wilberforce University. In 1959, she completed her Ph.D. in speech communication at the Ohio State University and that fall joined the faculty of Tennessee State University. She became a full professor of communications and in 1973 took over as head of the department, serving in that capacity until her retirement in 1987.

At the same time that her academic career took off, Williams began to ascend the leadership ranks of the A.M.E. Church. She served as a delegate to the A.M.E. General Conference in 1964 and became a board member of the National Council of Churches in 1968. From 1976 to 1984, she was an alternate member of the A.M.E. Church's Judicial Council, serving as president of the 13th District Lay Organization from 1977 until 1985. At the 1984 General Conference, Williams was named editor of The AME Church Review, the oldest African American literary journal. She held that post for eight years. Williams also has paved the way for others in the A.M.E., helping Vashti McKenzie win election as the first female A.M.E. bishop.

During her forty-five years in Nashville, Williams was active in her community, serving on several interdenominational organizations, community groups, and civic committees. She worked as a member of the NAACP's Executive Committee and in 1999 received the organization's Presidential Award. Williams married her husband, McDonald Williams, in 1943. A distinguished educator in his own right, he died in 2019 at age 101. They have one daughter Donna, one grandson Douglass (Pam) Selby, and two great-granddaughters Jamye and Payton Selby. Williams resides in Atlanta.  


The grace and favor of God directed the path of Attorney Derek E. Bruce, Managerial Shareholder, Orlando Office, GunsterLaw during a year that we never could imagine, however, we know who is in control.

During the virtual 122nd Session of the Central Annual Conference of the Eleventh Episcopal District, the Sons of Allen Night of Witness, Derek E. Bruce, Esq. was the recipient of the Bishop’s Award presented by Bishop A. J. Richardson, Jr., Presiding Prelate. Congratulations and Best Wishes because we feel blessed in all you do!

This award was given for stellar leadership in giving back to the community in mentoring young lawyers, entrepreneurial business and professional service and an inspiring member of the Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, Orlando Florida, Dr. Mark E. Crutcher, Senior Pastor. Derek was 8 years of age when his father, the late Dr. Y. Benjamin Bruce, Sr., was assigned to Mt. Olive and became a General Officer in African Methodism from this pulpit. The legacy of his father still resonates in leadership, however, in a different career trajectory.

Additionally, Congratulations to Attorney Bruce whose name appears on the 2020-21 List of Best Lawyers in America for the third consecutive year in Government Relations and Lobbying.

Best Lawyers is the only purely peer review guide to the legal profession for those who have excelled in their practice area. For almost 40 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe. 

With nearly twenty years of practice, Derek Bruce has developed experience in numerous areas of the law, ranging from the representation of clients in complex business litigation and property tax disputes, to the negotiation of large real estate transactions and the resolution of sensitive land use issues. Today, Derek primarily represents clients before state and local governments throughout the state of Florida on land use, procurement and regulatory issues.

Before joining GunsterLaw, Attorney Bruce led the statewide governmental affairs team for one of Florida’s most recognizable entities and Central Florida’s largest employer. In that capacity, Derek developed relationships with some of the state’s most influential decision makers in government. He is dedicated to accomplishing his clients’ goals by working effectively with government officials and their staffs. His experience in dealing with elected officials on all level helps him to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of how governments operate.


Attorney Bruce has received many honors of recognition; among them are:
The Best Lawyers in America - Government Relations Practice, 2018-2021
A V Rated by Martindale-Hubble
Orlando Business Journal, “40 Under 40”
The National Black Lawyers - Top 100
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2020 Bishop’s Award Presentation


On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, and  Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestone reached.