September - October 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 



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.