December 2018


*Drs. McDonald and Retired General Officer Jamye Coleman Williams will be celebrating 75 years of marriage on December 28, 2018.

Married in 1943, Jamye Coleman and McDonald Williams have dedicated their lives to teaching, civic activism, and the church. Dr. Jamye Coleman William’s teaching career spans almost fifty years, the last fourteen of which she served as the head of the Department of Communication at Tennessee State University. In 1984, she assumed the editorship of the AME Church Review, the oldest black journal in America, becoming the first woman to be elected as a major officer in the 197-year history of the AME Church.

Dr. McDonald Williams taught English at various colleges and universities for forty-six years and is credited for the development and expansion of the University Honors Program at Tennessee State University, which he directed for twenty-two years. He also helped to steward the St. John AME Church and the AME Church’s Commission on Higher Education.

In tandem, the Williams’ co-edited the 1970 publication, The Negro Speaks: The Rhetoric of Contemporary Black Leaders. Working together throughout their careers, the Williams’ have been co-recipients of numerous accolades and awards, including the 2002 Joe Kraft Humanitarianism Award by the Community Foundation.

McDonald Williams, born in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania on November 13, 1917

Jamye Coleman, born in Louisville,

Kentucky on December 15, 1918

2017 article from the Tennessee Tribune profiled them as

"Couple of the Year".

Congratulatory messages can be sent to:

125 Wynfield Way, SW

Atlanta, GA 30331

(404) 346-8927 — Phone/FAX


*Rev. Dr. James Anthony Morris, won the prestigious Professional Award at the Greater Texarkana Branch of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Awards and Freedom Fund Banquet


Congratulations to Rev. Dr. James Anthony Morris, adjunct professor at Texarkana College, who won the prestigious Professional Award at the Greater Texarkana Branch of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Awards and Freedom Fund Banquet held on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Rev. Dr. Morris is the proud but humble pastor of the Hamilton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Texarkana, Texas. He also serves as the secretary of the North Texas Annual Conference board of examiners and the annual conference statistician under the Episcopal Leadership of Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Supervisor Stan McKenzie.

(Pictured: Mr. Robert Jones, Texarkana Chapter NAACP President and Rev. Dr. James Anthony Morris)

Photo: Courtesy of Texarkana College

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to,  Dr. James Anthony Morris, MBA, MTS, D.Min.


*Rev. Ritney Castine is profiled in Louisiana Newspaper

The Advocate is Louisiana's largest daily newspaper. Based in Baton Rouge, it serves the southern portion of the state, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette.  On December 14th, Rev. Castine’s profile was featured in the bi-monthly “Faith Matters” column. 

It can be viewed via the following link:

Rev. Ritney Castine is Pastor of Trinity AME Church in Gonzales, Louisiana, Eighth Episcopal District. 

Congratulatory messages can be sent to


*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Preaching at Joint Ecumenical Service, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor Of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will be preaching at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on the Louisiana State University’s Campus. Father Andrew Rollins is the Chaplain. The Joint worship Service will take place on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10:30 am. This will be the second time the Bethel Family will be hosted by The St. Alban’s Episcopal Family. The congregation and the Mass Choir will travel with Dr. Kelly. This ecumenical relationship began after Father Rollins and his family attended Bethel after the attack on Mother Emanuel in South Carolina. At the request of his wife Julie, they wanted to worship at an African Methodist Episcopal Church to indicate their solidarity with the Methodist Episcopal Church Family. The relationship continued as Dr. Kelly has lectured several times at his C. S. Lewis luncheons for students on Wednesday afternoons. The Youth at each respective congregations have done Ministry together. He has also taught a joint bible study at Bethel.

The Rev. Dr. Herman O. Kelly also teaches courses at LSU in education and African American studies and has taught religious studies courses in the past. He holds a master’s in divinity from Boston University School of Theology and a doctorate in congregational studies from Memphis Theological Seminary.