January 2020

Congratulatory Announcements


**Bishop Frederick C. James (Retired) &  Episcopal Supervisor T.G. James to Commemorate  75th Wedding Anniversary December 30, 2019

Retired Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal and Dr. Theressa Gregg James, Episcopal Supervisor Retired, will commemorate their Seventy-Fifth Wedding Anniversary, December 30, 2019. They were married on December 30, 1944.

Happy 75th Wedding Anniversary!!!

Wedding Anniversary congratulatory messages can be emailed to: 

BishopFCJ@aol.com or BISHOPFREDCJAMES@aol.com
Or mailed to:
Bishop and Mrs. F.C. James
2421 Lang Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-256-8756

Or mailed to: 

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



**Retired Senior Episcopal Leaders, Bishop Philip Robert Cousin and Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin commemorate 65th Wedding Anniversary


Please join us as we celebrate Retired Senior Episcopal Leaders, Bishop Philip Robert Cousin and Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin as they commemorate their 65th Wedding Anniversary! They were married December 27, 1954. They will celebrate surrounded by family.

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary Bishop and Supervisor Cousin!

For expressions of love:

Bishop Philip Robert Cousin

Dr. M. Joan Cousin

1322 Rosemary Drive
Bolingbrook, Illinois


 Attorney Derek E. Bruce, Managerial Shareholder, Orlando Office, Gunster Law was selected by Best Lawyers in America 2020 in his practice area of Government Affairs/Lobbyist.

 Attorney Derek E. Bruce, Managerial Shareholder, Orlando Office, Gunster Law was selected by Best Lawyers in America 2020 in his practice area of Government Affairs/Lobbyist. He was one of seventy-seven attorneys, ranging in a variety of practice areas at the Gunster Law Firm for Business, to be honored.

The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983. Since then, the same tried and tested peer review process has been used consistently for more than thirty years in the selection process. 

The core mission of Best Lawyers in America is to highlight the top legal talent in America. 2018 was Attorney Bruce’s inaugural year to be honored as a Best Lawyer in America.

With nearly twenty years of practice, he 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, he primarily represents clients before state and local governments throughout the state of Florida on land use, procurement/regulatory issues and hospitality and leisure.

Before joining Gunster, Derek led the statewide governmental affairs team for one of Florida’s most recognizable entities and Central Florida’s largest employer. In that capacity, he developed relationships with some of the state’s most influential decision makers in government. Derek 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 levels, helps him to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of how governments operate. 

At the local level, Attorney Bruce previously served on the Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission. While serving in these capacities, Derek became familiar with Central Florida’s development rules by not only applying the requirements of Orange County’s code on a daily basis to cases that came before his boards, but also by familiarizing himself with regulations in neighboring jurisdictions and municipalities in order to understand how those regulations interact to advance a regional approach to development. Having litigated multiple cases to favorable verdicts early in his career, Derek has the experience and skill necessary to take his clients’ cases before administrative or judicial tribunals if necessary.

 For example, he was named special counsel to the City of Eustis in 2014 to defend the City against a far reaching challenge to growth-friendly changes to its land use code and, as a result of Derek’s aggressive litigation approach, the challenge ended up being dismissed in its entirety.

A Florida native, Derek has lived in Orlando since the age of seven and is passionate about the community he calls “home.” He has served on the boards of numerous statewide and local community organizations, including Leadership Florida, the Central Florida Foundation, the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, American Kidney Foundation and the Randy Roberts Foundation, to name only a few. He also has had the privilege of serving as president of the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, chair of Business Force and chairman of the Orange County Redistricting Advisory Committee. Most recently he served on the Transition Team for the first African American to be elected Mayor of Orange County.

A devoted Gator fan, Derek holds graduate degrees from the University of Florida in broadcast journalism, law and business administration. He currently sits on the University of Florida’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Upon joining Gunster in 2013 as one of the founding shareholders of its Orlando office, Derek’s leadership capabilities were quickly recognized. He was asked to serve as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee in 2014 and has remained in that capacity since.

Attorney Bruce is the youngest son of the late Dr. Yale Benjamin Bruce, Sr. who served the Connectional Church as Director, Department of Worship and Evangelism, 1985-1992 and Gloria Sykes Bruce, now residing part-time in the Second Episcopal District and a member of Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Columbia, MD.

His siblings are Clifton Bruce, Architect, MLM Architects, Orlando.

Yolanda Bruce Nash, Attorney, Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. and resides in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Words of support or congratulations can be expressed via email.

 dbruce@gunster.com              brucegs@bellsouth.net

Orlando Office - 407.406.5234  Tallahassee Office - 850.521.1980


Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine for having his groundbreaking research on the AME Church, "And When Does the Black Church Get Political?

Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church (Durham, NC) for having his groundbreaking research on the AME Church, "And When Does the Black Church Get Political? Responding in the Era of Trump and Making the Black Church Great Again, published in the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal.


A former law professor, Pastor Augustine is a graduate of Howard University, Tulane University Law School, and United Theological Seminary. He is completing his dissertation and expects to earn his doctorate from Duke University in May 2020.

The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, MDiv.

31st Pastor, St. Joseph AME Church

National Chaplain, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 







On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, Director/Consultant Social Action Commission, Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker and International Administrator of the Clergy Family Information Center, Mrs. Ora L. Easley, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestone reached.