2019

 

*Women in Ministry Pioneer Reverend Gertrude Haynes Trescott Celebrates 90th Birthday

Gertrude Haynes Trescott was born to the late Reverend Harry and Virginia Manigault Haynes on January 10, 1929.  At the age of twelve she accepted Christ as her savior, joined the church and during her youth, served in the following areas: Gleaner, Junior and Senior usher boards, Sunbeam, Junior and Gospel Choirs, ACE League and YPD.  At age thirteen she was elected 1st Vice President of the Kingstree Area YPD.  Over the years she held the following positions in the local church: Director of Children’s church, ACE League, YPD, Christian Education and Membership and Evangelism, WMS PME Director, WMS President, Chairperson of Stewardship and Finance, Class Leader, Associate and Assistant Pastor.

Gertrude graduated from Berkeley Training High School at seventeen  In 1950 she received a BS degree from Allen University; a MS degree from South Carolina State; and has done further studies at University of South Carolina, The Citadel, Charleston Southern University, North Carolina State University, ITC, and Erskine Theological Seminary.  She taught 21 years in elementary education, and then became a school psychologist for 15 years.  She retired after 36 years in education.

Her Christian training and experiences have been varied and many.  She attended many seminars, workshops, retreats and classes.  She attended summer classes of Inter-denominational studies for four years at Winston Salem State College where 18 denominations were involved.  She attended the World Methodist Conference in Singapore and went to a conference in Seoul Korea.  Her marriage to a minister who served in several denominations gave her knowledge of the Reformed Episcopal, Congregational, AME Zion, Baptist and Presbyterian doctrines, as well as the AME doctrine.  She remained faithful to the AME because she knows who she is and whose she is.

Gertrude acknowledged her calling into ministry January 1954 and did her initial sermon in November of the same year.  She was licensed to preach by Presiding Elder J. B. Jennings at St. Stephen AME Church, Hardeeville, SC in January 1956.  Bishop W. M. Bonner bestowed the Local Deacon’s Order upon her in October 1959 at St. Luke AME Church, Charleston, SC.  In 1964 at St. Luke AME, under Bishop Carey A. Grady, she received the Local Elder’s Order.  In January 1984 she supplied at New Hope AME Church, Pinewood, SC. November of the same year, her relationship was changed to Itinerant by Bishop Frederick C. James and she was appointed pastor of the same church, becoming the first female pastor in the Central Conference.  She has since served as pastor at Providence AME Church, St. Matthews, SC, Howard and St. Peters AME Churches, McClellanville, SC (making her the first female pastor in the Mt. Pleasant District), Greater Jerusalem AME, Lane, SC, Mt. Zion AME, Summerville, SC and Bethel AME, Goose Creek, SC.  She retired from the pastoral ministry, October 2000.  July 2018 gives her 64 years in the preaching ministry which includes16 years as a pastor.  Currently, Gertrude continues her preaching ministry, does workshops and leads Bible Study groups. She is a member of Moncks Corner AME church, Moncks Corner, SC.

She has traveled extensively in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, ten countries in Europe, four countries in Africa, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Israel, Egypt, the Caribbean and Bahamas.  She was privileged to preach in several states in the US and Africa. For her 90th birthday she is taking a South American Cruise in February.

Gertrude is a member of the AME Women in Ministry and served as Worship Director for the first Connectional WIM Board.  She served as the first President of the 7th Episcopal District AME Women in Ministry. In June 2011 the Connectional Women In Ministry awarded her the Jerena Lee Pioneer Award.  She served as Engrossing Secretary for the Central Annual Conference and the secretary for the Charleston District Pastors, South Carolina Conference.  She served on the Central, Palmetto and South Carolina Conferences Board of Examiners.  She also served on the 7th Episcopal Board of Examiners that wrote the training manual Becoming a Minister.
 
Gertrude has also affected the civic world over the years.  She has been a member of many organizations. Presently, she is Past Matron of Moncks Corner Chapter of the Order of Eastern Stars, a member of Thurgood Marshall Assembly, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, and Board of Moncks Corner Area Habitat for Humanity. She is the Chaplain of Moncks Corner Precinct Democratic Party and Berkeley County Democratic Women.  She has served as secretary of Berkeley County Democratic Party.
 
With all the varied activities and experiences, according to her, Gertrude’s greatest accomplishments and source of pride are her two daughters -Tanya Harper (Remus); Cathy Owens- deceased; one son – Bartholomew Trescott (Liza), three grandsons, two granddaughters, two grand daughters-in-law and five great grandchildren.  She truly knows that God has been good to her during her 90 years on earth.

90th Birthday well-wishes can be sent to:

Rev. Gertrude H. Trescott
P. O. Box 2187
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
gertrudetrescott@gmail.com

 

*Mrs. Gladys F. Nettles First African American Woman to Win the Office of Ouachita County Circuit Clerk Sworn into Her Second Term

Mrs. Gladys F. Nettles, a native and resident of Camden, Arkansas, first African American woman to win the office of Ouachita County Circuit Clerk in 2017, was sworn in for her second term of office Tuesday, January 1, 2019. 

Gladys is married to the Reverend Gregory C. Nettles, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Camden, Arkansas and the Twelfth Episcopal District Coordinator of the Sons of Allen. Mrs. Nettles also serves as President of the West Arkansas Conference M-SWAWO + PK’s.

She has over 30 years of experience in county government and held a variety of roles including experience as Probate Clerk, Filing Clerk, Voter Registration. She is a graduate of Camden High School, and Bryman School of Nursing, San Diego, California. She is a licensed Notary, and Vice President of Ouachita Enrichment Center Board of Directors. The Enrichment Center provides shelter, employment, and education to children and adults that have developmental and physical challenges.

Her personal motto, "Believe, Receive, Achieve, In Jesus.’"

Congratulatory messages can be sent to: gladysnett2@gmail.com

 

*Birth of Fourth Granddaughter of the Reverend and Mrs. Clive Pillay, Cape Town South Africa

The Reverend and Mrs. Clive Pillay, retired pastor and first lady, Cape Conference of the Fifteenth Episcopal District offers much thanks to God for the birth of their fourth granddaughter, Gianna Lily.    The proud parents of baby Gianna Lily are Henri Pillay (son) and Tracey-Lynn Pillay, (daughter in law). Isaac John and Magdalene Jacobs, are the parents of the happy mother, Tracey-Lynne.  Both mother and baby are healthy and doing well.
 

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
 
Message of congratulations can be emailed to:
Rev. Clive Pillay cjvpza@gmail.com
Isaac Jacobs: isaacjjacobs@gmail.com
Henri Pillay: Henri.Pillay@gmail.com
Tracey Pillay: traceylynnejacobs@gmail.com

 

*Officer Herman O. Kelly, III voted as Most Valuable Player in Metropolitan Police Department League for the Fall and Winter Season

Herman O. Kelly, III, Son of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and First Lady Linda M. Kelly Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana, serves in District 7 Southeast Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. He was was voted as Most Valuable Player in the Metropolitan Police Department for the Fall and Winter season averaging over 22 points per game and over 12 rebounds. Officer Kelly recently was selected to serve on the Narcotics, Special Investigation, Drugs Unit in Washington, DC.  Kelly is former captain of the basketball team at University of Tampa. He was a 2012 graduate in Criminal Justice, and 2017 graduate of Boston University Metropolitan College master’s in criminology.
 
Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: spidermh7@yahoo.com

February 2019

*Celebrating Black Mathematics Educators

Dr. Cleaver is a member of Union AME Church, 12th Episcopal District, the Reverend Chestine Sims Pastor, Bishop Micheal Mitchell, Presiding Prelate.

Dr. Cleaver is the daughter of the late Learrie and Mollie White. 

Dr. Cleaver is the mother is 3 children, Elyse, Timothy and past YPD President, the Reverend Reginald Cleaver, Jr. She is also sister of the Reverend Beverly White. 
Dr. Cleaver serves her church as Superintendent of the Church School, a position her father held at another AME church for over 40 years.

We are proud of her and proud to know she is also using her mathematical gifts in the church launching the FIRST STEM festival during our LEADERSHIP CONGRESS 2016 and continuing. She is also an accomplished musician and has served as church pianist. 


*The Atlanta East District - Six Episcopal District Presents: Rev. Dr. Earle Ifill Retirement Celebration

On March 8, 2019 Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church will host the retirement celebration for Rev. Dr. Earle H. Ifill, Presiding Elder of the Atlanta East District.

This celebration will serve as a perfect opportunity to show Elder Ifill all the gratitude he deserves for the never-ending love, guidance, and support he has poured out not only to the Atlanta East District but to the African Methodist Episcopal Church as a whole. 

The Retirement of Dr. Ifill will be commemorated with a souvenir ad journal.
Persons desiring to participate in this momentous celebration occasion by placing an advertisement in this souvenir journal may contact the following for information on the journal and other festivities being planned.

  1.  https://ifill.rsvpify.com
  2. Call Adrian Ford (678) 772-8786
  3. Email:  ifillretriement@gmail.com

 

*The South District-Chicago Conference Fourth Episcopal District Celebrates the Ministry and Retirement of the Reverend Thomas M. Hughes, Presiding Elder of the Sizzling South District

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33, KJV)

*The Celebration Committee for Reverend Thomas Hughes, Presiding Elder, South District-Chicago Conference extends an invitation to the Ministry and Retirement Celebration of the Reverend Thomas M. Hughes, Presiding Elder of the Sizzling South District of the Chicago Annual Conference.

The celebration will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago, Oak Lawn, Oaklawn, IL, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Donations for the event are $75.00.  Reservations can be made via the Office of the Fourth Episcopal District AME Church, Richard Allen House, 4448 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, Attn: Retirement Celebration.  Reservation deadline, March 6, 2019. A block of rooms has been reserved for persons needing overnight accommodations. For more information please contact Rev. Sharon E. Staples @ 708-712-2079 or Gwen Turner @ 773-882-4936.

*Mr. Thomas & Rev. Ali Gail Holness Roland and big brother Axl Thomas welcomes their new bundle of joy, Miss Asa Gail Holness Roland

Mr. Thomas & Rev Ali Gail Holness Roland and big brother Axl Thomas welcomes their new bundle of joy, Miss Asa Gail Holness Roland. She was born February 6, 2019 at Emory University Hospital Midtown Atlanta weighing 5lbs 3oz, 18 inches.

Her parents are graduates of Morehouse & Spelman College, this is their second SpelHouse baby.  Rev. Ali is also a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity and an Itinerate Elder on staff at Big Bethel AMEC in Atlanta while her husband Thomas is an Administrator with the Kipp School system. She is the granddaughter of Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Pastor, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Washington, DC.

Congratulatory notes can be sent to Mr. Thomas & Ali Holness-Roland: 

124 Stafford St. SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
a.g.holness@gmail.com
202.717.1073

Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness
EGailAndersonHolness@gmail.com

 

*Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior minister of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior minister of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, on being one of a select few HBCU professors, teaching law or humanities, selected to have their published works on Black culture profiled by Academica.com and the Center for Advancing Opportunity, in honor of Black History Month. Rev. Augustine is an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. His article "The Substance of Things Hoped For: Faith, Social Action, and Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965," co-authored with Southern Law Center's chancellor, John Pierre, was published in the Cumberland Law Review and selected for this national recognition. Rev. Augustine's article, and others selected, can be seen here: https://www.academia.edu/black-history-month

Congratulatory comments can be emailed to:

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

46th Pastor, Historic St. James AME Church (1844)

National Chaplain, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

jayaugustine9@gmail.com

T: 225.773.4618

 

*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge Louisiana was nominated to receive the African American Cultural Center Legacy Award

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was nominated to receive the African American Cultural Center Legacy Award at The Annual Jazz Brunch on the Louisiana State University’s Campus. The Legacy Award is given Annually to the faculty member who is committed to the African American community at Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly is an adjunct Instructor in The African and African American Studies Program and The College of Education in Human Sciences Division. He teaches African American Religion, The Black Rhetorical Traditions in The Civil Rights Movement and Introduction to College Studies. Recently, Dr. Kelly received a travel grant to present his research at The National African American Studies Conference at affiliates in Dallas, Texas.


See Legacy Award description

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: hkelly1@lsu.edu

 

March 2019

*FORMER CONNECTIONAL OFFICERS - Dr. John Q. Owens and Dr. Dorothy Owens to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Marriage  

Dr. John Q. and Dr. Dorothy Owens will celebrate Sixty Years of Marriage March 16, 2019. Dr. John Q. was blessed on March 6, 2019 to see his 93rd Birthday.
 
Rev. Dr. John Q. Owens, Director/Consultant Emeritus of Social Action, African Methodist Episcopal Church and World War II Veteran, who has a story to tell!

Dr. Dorothy Owens, Founder, President Emeritus, Connectional Ministers Spouses, Widows and Widowers Organization plus Preachers Kids (Conn-M-SWAWO+P.K.'s).


WHERE THEY ARE NOW?


The Owens Ministerial Journey did not end with retirement in 2008. God sent another Vision.  In 2010 they organized the Metro Area Professional Organization (acronym, MAPO).
 
Its mission is to share and care for those in distress. The homeless and hungry by networking with 10 shelters/centers to determine their needs. The 2018 global support was with Operation Smiles, helping children with cleft lips and roof palates receive surgery. Scholarships are provided for higher education, recognition is given once a year to outstanding members of the community, including excelling teachers and students.
 
2018, MAPO was honored with the presence of Tori Kruse, Ms. Missouri, USA, Karolina Jasko, MS. Illinois, USA and Illinois candidate, J.B. Pritzger for Governor, who was elected.
 
Members of MAPO are from professional and para-professional communities, who volunteer their time during the course of the year to provide planning, help and guidance to achieve a well-rounded life within religious organizations, secular education and social networking. MAPO is a non-profit organization with the 501c3 status.

Most recent involvement: Saturday, March 30,2019, the Owens have coordinated a "GNOSIS (knowledge)" benefit day for Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church, 418 Aldrup Street, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025, the city of Southern Illinois University. The church was founded in 1865 and built in 1871. The benefit day is for the exterior of the church, featuring Dr. James C. Wade, Director of Church Growth and Development of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Rev. Jarin Stith, pastor.  We ask for your prayers to continue to do God's Will, God's Work, God's Way.
 

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to:
mrsdo7@aol.com
 
Or mailed to 2320 Holiday Lane, Maryville, Illinois 62062.
 
John Q. and Dorothy Owens
Phone: 618-288-7401 or 618-799-8020

 

*FORMER WOMEN IN MINISTRY (WIM) CONNECTIONAL OFFICER - Dr. Katurah York Cooper Inducted as a Member of the Board of Advisors of AWOL


The Reverend Dr. Katurah York Cooper, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church (14th Episcopal District) and Founder of H.O.P.E., was honored to be invited to serve on the Board of Advisors of the African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO) - Liberia Chapter.  This invitation was extended to her by the Chair of the Board of Advisors, Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. AWLO is a not-for-profit organization with membership that is open to women of African descent. AWLO brings together female executives, professionals and leaders to further advance the leadership status of women on the continent of Africa. It focuses on the development of next-generation leadership through mentorship and scholarship to young girls across the world. With 23 Chapters and Youth Councils in 12 countries including the USA and the UK, the Liberia Chapter held its Inaugural Program and Induction of the Board of Advisors on Thursday, March 7, 2019, a day before International Women’s Day.  AWLO will hold its 11th Leadership Conference in Kigali, Rwanda April 4-5, 2019. You can learn more about AWLO at https://www.awlo.org.
 
The Rev. Dr. York Cooper has served previously as 3rd Vice President of the Connectional Women in Ministry (WIM) and as Vice President Academic Affairs (Provost) of the AME University in Monrovia, Liberia.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:
Rev. Dr. Katurah York Cooper
katu.cooper2012@gmail.com

 

*Kokomo, Indiana Pastor Receives Historic Position

The Reverend William L. Gary, Pastor of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kokomo, Indiana is the new President of the Howard County, Indiana Ministerial Alliance. This organization has been in existence since 1993 providing a great deal of ministry in the Howard County, Indiana population of 82,363 persons.

Pastor Gary is the first African American President of this highly regarded and effective organization.

 

April 2019

Congratulatory Announcements

 

*Bishop Frederick Calhoun James the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates his Ninety-Seventh Birthday April 7, 2019

Ecumenical theologian, advocate for fair and decent housing, proponent of civil rights, political leader and public servant are only a few of the characteristics of Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James was born on April 7, 1922 in Prosperity, South Carolina, the son of Edward and Rosa Lee James.

 He graduated from Drayton Street High School, Newberry, South Carolina. He graduated from Bettis Junior College with an Associate of Arts Degree and earned his B.A. degree in History/English from Allen University (1943), and his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Religion (1947). He also studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He married Theressa Gregg, December 30, 1944.
 
As a champion for civil rights, he became a community and state social and political action leader. In 1960, he was elected Consultant/Director of Social Action of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In this position, he formed a close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1963, he became President of the Effective Sumter Movement of Sumter, South Carolina, a historic chapter in civil rights. In 1967, as pastor of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Rev. James led the sponsorship of the first 221(d) Rent Supplement Housing Project in South Carolina. In 1969, he initiated the first 221(h) Home Ownership Project in the state. He was South Carolina’s first African American Congressional District member of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Department of Social Services. He was the first African American to serve on the Board  of Directors at NBSC (National Bank of South Carolina), now SYNOVUS, the first African American member of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and the first A. M. E. Bishop elected from a South Carolina A. M. E. Church pulpit. From 1987 to 1992 he was a member of the Columbia Housing Authority and served as vice chair. He also served as Vice President of the S. C. Christian Action Council.  
 
In 1972, he was elected to the AME Bishopric and was assigned as the Presiding Bishop of the AME Church in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, and Mozambique. Headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, he established schools, a publishing house, churches, and other institutions. Bishop James later was assigned bishop in Arkansas and Oklahoma (1976). He formed a lifelong friendship with then Attorney Bill Clinton. In 1984, he was assigned to the 7th Episcopal District, State of South Carolina. In each of these positions, he built housing projects, strengthened schools and led two colleges to full accreditation; Shorter College, N. Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981 and Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina in 1992. In 1992, Bishop James was assigned Ecumenical Bishop and Chaplaincy Endorsement Officer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church International. In 1993, he was given major fiscal and reconciliation duties as Bishop of the Second Episcopal District (Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and he stabilized the District. In 1994, he was selected by President Clinton as an official member of the delegation to attend the inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela, and in 1998 he was again chosen to accompany President and Mrs. Clinton on an official visit to South Africa.
 
Bishop James is a former member of the White House Advisory Board on Historical Black Colleges and Universities, the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Board on Religious Freedom, and National Vice President of the Interfaith Alliance. A life member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and a 33-degree Mason, he was inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame (1991) and the Columbia Housing Authority Wall of Fame (1994). In January of 2003, Bishop James was awarded the state’s highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto, for his significant contributions to South Carolina
 
He retired from active duty in 1996 and he and Dr. Theressa Gregg James, Episcopal Supervisor, retired, returned to live at their home in Columbia, South Carolina.
 
Bishop Frederick Calhoun James’ motto: “Leadership, Life, Lift and Light; the way forward is Faith in the Lord Christ Jesus Forever.”
  

Birthday Greetings can be sent to:
Bishop Frederick Calhoun James
3700 Forest Drive #420
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 787-8201 – Phone
(803) 787-8215 – FAX


Email: BishopFCJ@aol.com

*The Rev. William Charles Legolie, II and Mrs. Leatricia Legolie of the Fifteenth Episcopal District celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary

The Rev William Charles Legolie, II and Mrs Leatricia Legolie celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on March 24, 2019.  Rev WC Legolie and his wife are the pastoral couple of St Matthew AME Church, 503 Richard Allen Street, Eureka Estate in Cape Town, South Africa.


*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. to serve as the Keynote Speaker-Student-Athlete Support Summit at Louisiana State University

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor Of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will serve as the Keynote Speaker at Student-Athlete Support Summit at Louisiana State University on Friday April 5, 2019. He will be addressing counselors and support staff to help athletes succeed in their academic endeavors. Dr. Kelly will present the three P’s, Passion, Purpose, and Power. Attendees will be from around the state of Louisiana. Dr. Kelly serves as adjunct Faculty at Louisiana State University In The African and African American Studies Program and The School Of Education

  

May 2019

*Bishop Frederick Calhoun James the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Oldest Living Bishop in Methodism in the USA  still lives holding “True to his Christian Social Action Legacy”

 

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, age 97    now the oldest living Bishop in Methodism in the USA and the Founder of Social Action in the African Methodist Episcopal Church still lives holding “True to his Christian Social Action Legacy.”

 
From the State Newspaper  4/16/19 Columbia, SC
The funeral for former US Senator and former SC Governor Ernest "Fritz" Hollings was held at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Hollings died at the age of 97.

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James stood from his wheelchair to pay respects to Ernest "Fritz" Hollings while he was lying in state on April 15, 2019. James is 97 years old, the same age as Hollings when he died.

https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article229274364.html
Bishop Frederick Calhoun James prays over the casket of former U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings as his casket lies in repose on the second-floor lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse Monday, April 15, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. 
 
Bishop James perspective of his friend, who died during the early morning of April 6 at age 97.

Though the late Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, who served South Carolina as governor and U.S. senator, was widely known for his sharp wit and intellect, James offered another, more intimate perspective of his friend, who died during the early morning of April 6 at age 97.

“He represents, in my judgment, the best intentions of a South Carolina politician, or anybody else,” James, also 97, told The State on Monday, after paying his respects to Hollings, who lay in repose at the S.C. State House.

With hand outstretched on Hollings’ casket, draped in the American flag, James said, in that moment, he reflected on the tie that bound himself — a theologian and civil rights champion — to one of the country’s larger-than-life Southern Democrats.

Near the end of his term as governor, Hollings called for peace in admitting Harvey Gantt, an African-American student, to then all-white Clemson University in 1963. The move spoke volumes about Hollings’ character, James said.

“It was what was in his heart,” James said. “This man had respect for people, and they didn’t have to be rich, or white or well-respected.”

With his left hand clutching his chest and the other steadying himself with his cane, African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Frederick James stood next to the casket and quietly said a prayer for his friend of more than 50 years.
COLUMBIA, SC

 

As a champion for civil rights, Bishop Frederick Calhoun James became a community and state social and political action leader. In 1960, he was elected Consultant/Director of Social Action of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In this position, he formed a close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1963, he became President of the Effective Sumter Movement of Sumter, South Carolina, a historic chapter in civil rights. In 1967, as pastor of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Rev. James led the sponsorship of the first 221(d) Rent Supplement Housing Project in South Carolina. In 1969, he initiated the first 221(h) Home Ownership Project in the state. He was South Carolina’s first African American Congressional District member of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Department of Social Services. He was the first African American to serve on the Board of Directors at NBSC (National Bank of South Carolina), now SYNOVUS, the first African American member of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and the first A. M. E. Bishop elected from a South Carolina A. M. E. Church pulpit. From 1987 to 1992 he was a member of the Columbia Housing Authority and served as vice chair.
 
He also served as Vice President of the S. C. Christian Action Council. 

Ecumenical theologian, advocate for fair and decent housing, proponent of civil rights, political leader and public servant are only a few of the characteristics of Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 


Communications can be sent to:

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James
3700 Forest Drive #420
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 787-8201 – Phone
(803) 787-8215 – FAX

Email: BishopFCJ@aol.com

 

*Dennis C. Dickerson, Jr. received the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Memphis

Dennis C. Dickerson, Jr. received on May 4, 2019 the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Memphis. Previously, he earned the B.A. from the University of Memphis (2007), the M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) from Vanderbilt University (2010), and the M.A. in Latin from the University of Georgia (2015). His Ed.D. dissertation was COMPUTATIONAL THINKING SELF-EFFICACY IN HIGH SCHOOL LATIN LEARNING. He is a Latin teacher at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis where he also coaches basketball. A native of Williamstown, Massachusetts and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Dickerson is married to Chaplain Captain Dianna Watkins Dickerson, United States Air Force, and they are the parents of Dennis C. Dickerson III.  Dr. Dickerson is director of Christian Education at St. James AME Church in Memphis and is the son of Mrs. Mary A. E. Dickerson and Retired General Officer Dennis C. Dickerson, Sr., Ph.D.
      

Congratulatory expressions can be sent to Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, Jr. at ddickerson@cbhs.org

 

*Presiding Elder David E. Reddick announced as the 2018 Enterprise Man of the Year

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Enterprise Civic in Enterprise, Alabama, Mr. William “Bill” Cooper, Mayor of the city made the announcement; Presiding Elder David E. Reddick has been selected as the 2018 Enterprise Man of the Year. The Reverend David E. Reddick serves as the Presiding Elder of the Dothan-Eufaula District of the Southeast Alabama Annual Conference, Ninth Episcopal District. His wife, Allie B. Reddick, was the 2000 Enterprise Woman of the Year. She was the first African American Woman to receive this honor. The Reverend David E. Reddick is the Senior Presiding Elder for the State of Alabama.  Presiding Elder Reddick will be retiring this year after 27 years of service as a Presiding Elder. His Retirement Celebration will be held August 9-11, 2019 and he will officially retire during the Southeast Alabama Annual Conference in September 2019.
 
Congratulatory comments can be emailed to:

Presiding Elder David E. Reddick
elderd@centurytel.net
Cell Phone:  334-494-0308

 

*Congratulations to TC's Adjunct Instructor, Dr. James Anthony Morris 

At Leadership Texarkana’s 10th Annual Lunch with Leaders program held at Northridge Country Club on April 9, 2019, Dr. James Anthony Morris, adjunct instructor at Texarkana College, was recognized as a nominee for a Wilbur Award for his community leadership. The Wilbur Award is presented annually to individuals, organizations, and student leaders who exemplify the power of one entity or individual to lead the way in positively impacting our community and region as models of effective leadership, working together with others to make the best use of resources for our community’s best future. Named in honor of Wilbur Smith, a noted public servant to the Texarkana community, anyone in the community is eligible to be nominated for, or be honored with, a Wilbur Award.

Dr. James Anthony Morris:
Pastor of The Hamilton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Morris wears many other hats.  Since his arrival in Texarkana, he has immersed himself into the community with public service.  He is a faith-based commission chair for Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, chaplain for Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, member of the TISD Diversity Awareness Council, adjunct instructor at Texarkana College, and president of the Texarkana Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Morris also coordinates the Red Tie Club and Boys to Men Academy at Westlawn Elementary School. Through his church, he feeds the homeless at Randy Sams, provides box fans for the shelters in Texarkana, provides socks to area nursing homes, and blankets to Wee People Daycare Center, as well as sponsoring a Pack-A-Purse Drive for homeless women, among other events in our area.
 
Congratulatory message can be sent to: 
Dr. James Anthony Morris, MBA, MTS, D.Min.
james.morris@texarkanacollege.edu
(214) 240-1236 (mobile)

     

June 2019

*Announcing the African Methodist Episcopal Church graduates of Payne Theological Seminary 126th Commencement Celebration, held Friday, May 10, 2019, 10:00 am, at the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, in Tipp City, OH

Master of Divinity

Denomination

District

Sharon M. Adair-Harden

AME

6th

Ronnie L. Clark

AME

11th

Solomon Joseph Cooper

AME

3rd

Duane Lionel Davis

AME

3rd

Renandoes Girard Dixon

AME

11th

Vanessa D. Dixon-Williams

AME

2nd

Leslye Olivia Dwight

AME

2nd

Tony Rene` Guthrie

Baptist

Rhonda Renee Hart

AME

1st

Larry Donnell Jennings

AME

1st

Timothy Dale Lewis, Sr.

AME

6th

Lewis B. McCarter

Baptist

Percy Tirrell McIntyre

AME

2nd

Rodney Reedy, Sr.

AME

6th

Karl Van Richards 

(Valedictorian and SGA President)

AME

11th

Angela Starling

AME

6th

Douglas Byron Stinson

AME

6th

Lucretia Juliet Stinson

AME

6th

Elsa Bromell Syndab

AME

7th

Aaron Tinch

AME

2nd

Virginia B. Ware

AME

2nd

Freddie Williams, Jr.

AME

4th

                   Doctor of Ministry             

   Denomination 

  District   

Felicia Renee Bagneris

AME

3rd

Roderick Belin

AME

13th

Toni Belin Ingram

AME

6th

Challis Shanon Bradford

AME

10th

Kevin Brooks

AME

4th

Susan Hillary Buckson

AME

6th

Bruce Butcher

AME

3rd

Courtney Delphia Colleton

AME

7th

Tresa L. Carter Coston

AME

1st

John R. Faison, Sr.

Baptist

Barbara Jean Pinckney Fludd

AME

2nd

Harold B. Hayes, Jr.

AME

2nd

Manuel Anthony Howard

AME

1st

Abdue Lamar Knox I

AME

2nd

John Henry McCants, Jr.

AME

3rd

Kimberly Ozella McManus

AME

2nd

Ama Ayana Newton

AME

2nd

Marietta Ramsey

AME

2nd

Rashelle Antinesia Rogers

AME

11th

Curtis Marie Smalls

AME

2nd

Carl O. Wallace

AME

11th

Marques Wheeler

AME

2nd

Kathleen Marie Wright

AME

4th

Dallasteen Joy Yates

AME

11th

*Reverend Virginia B. Ware proudly announces graduating from Payne Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree

Reverend Virginia B. Ware graduated on May 10, 2019 from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce Ohio with a Master of Divinity Degree.  Reverend Ware is the pastor of St. James AME Church in Kelly North Carolina.  She was also ordained an Itinerant Elder on April 27, 2019 at the North Carolina Annual Conference by Bishop James L. Levert.

*Congratulations to Presiding Elder and Mrs. David E. Reddick

 

The Dothan-Eufaula District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to host a Retirement Celebration Weekend for Presiding Elder and Mrs. David E. Reddick

*The Dothan-Eufaula District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to host a Retirement Celebration Weekend for Presiding Elder and Mrs. David E. Reddick

Congratulations and well wishes to this awesome team!  They are truly Kingdom builders for Christ!  Presiding Elder Reddick has served the African Methodist Church for 42 years of Servant Leadership and 27 years as a Presiding Elder.  He is the Senior Presiding Elder for the State of Alabama. He was appointed as a Presiding Elder in 1992 under the leadership of the late Bishop C.E. Thomas. 

Friday, August 9, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

Musical Celebration

Saint Peter AME Church

401 Hollon Street

Headland, Alabama 36345

The Reverend James M. Redding, Pastor   

Saturday, August 10, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

Banquet Celebration

Lakepoint State Park

104 Lakepoint Drive

Eufaula, Alabama   36027

Keynote Speaker - The Reverend Bobby B. Cox, Jr., Pastor, Mount Calvary AME Church, Towson, MD

Tickets are available for this event, please contact

Sherryl Whiting, Co-chairperson, (334) 796-0154

Sunday, August 11, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.

Worship Service Celebration

Park Chapel AME Church

1053 E. Selma Street

Dothan, Alabama 36303

The Reverend Dr. Willie E. Marshall, Pastor

Guest Preacher, Bishop Harry L. Seawright, Presiding Prelate, 9th Episcopal District – AME Church

The Reverend David E. Reddick, is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and currently resides in Enterprise, Alabama; with his wife, Allie.  Their daughter, Chasity lives in Nashville, TN. 

Reverend Reddick is the recipient of several awards and letters of appreciation. He is the recipient of the 2018 Enterprise Man of the Year. The Dothan-Eufaula District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host the Reddick Team retirement celebration on Friday-Sunday, August 9-11, 2019.

Those desiring to show an appreciation for the leadership of Presiding Elder Reddick may secure an advertisement in the Souvenir journal memory book for this occasion. For more information, please contact Sherryl Whiting, Co-chairperson, (334) 796-0154.

Hotel accommodations are available for this event by contacting CBell’s Travel at (334) 475-8237

 

*Congratulations to The Reverend Thurston B. Lamb, Sr.
"A Celebration of Love" Banquet honoring Reverend Thurston B. Lamb, Sr. will be held at Shorter College, Little Rock, Arkansas 

"Well done my good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21
 You are cordially invited to join The Reverend Thurston B. Lamb, Sr. in a momentous celebration on Friday, June 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm.  A "Celebration of Love" banquet honoring Reverend Thurston B. Lamb, Sr. will be held at Shorter College, 604 N. Locust Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Bishop Michael L. Mitchell, Presiding Bishop of the AME Church 12th Episcopal District, will be the keynote speaker.

This celebration will highlight Reverend Lamb's 64 years of ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During his tenure, Reverend Lamb has pastored 15 congregations in Arkansas and Louisiana; was Presiding Elder for 4 years in the formally Jonesboro/Newport District; and was a proud delegate to the AME Church General Conference from 1972-2016 where he served on the General Board, General Conference Commission, and Episcopal Committee.

A Retirement Souvenir Journal is being prepared for the event. Those who desire to participate in this memorable celebration for God' s faithful servant, Reverend Thurston B. Lamb, can secure an advertisement in the Retirement Souvenir Journal or secure  an event banquet ticket by contacting the Lamb Retirement Committee, Reverend Tyrone A.  Broomfield, Committee Chair at @ tbroomfield@phoenixyouth.com or call 870-305-6520 for more information. 
 

*Congratulations to Dr. Alexis Gatson Heaston, one of eight individuals selected to participate in Obesity Health Disparities Program

Congratulations to Dr. Alexis Gatson Heaston, one of eight individuals selected to participate in Obesity Health Disparities: Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (OHD-PRIDE). Funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), an institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), OHD PRIDE is an evidence-based, culturally-and environmentally-relevant research training and mentoring program focusing on obesity prevention and treatment, including community-based interventions for early career faculty and transitioning postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds.
 
OHD PRIDE is a partnership between University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of California at Los Angeles, and Vanderbilt University.
 
Dr. Heaston, a member of Payne Chapel AME Nashville, TN under the leadership of Pastor W.A. Sinkifield, is the Daughter of Presiding Elder, Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson of the North District, Tennessee Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District.
 
Congratulatory responses can be sent to: alexisgatson08@gmail.com
  

JULY 2019

*Retirement  Worship Celebration Service for the Reverend Dr. Alvin Johnson, Jr. -  Celebrating Over Fifty Years of Service 

Rev. Dr. Alvan Johnson, Jr, officially retired at the New England Annual Conference, First Episcopal District.  Dr. Johnson has given fifty years of pastoral service and leadership to the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:
Email - prah3@yahoo.com (Rev. Dr. Alvan Johnson, Jr.)
Cell - (860) 637-2249

*Rev. Dr. Alice Hubbard Crenshaw, Pastor of Solomon Chapel AME Church announce the graduation of her granddaughter Dr. Erica Renee’ Peyton

An accomplished educator, having served students and families in education for over a decade.  Working in education, both teaching and leading has always been a passion and priority for her.  Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo, she received her primary education from St. Louis Public Schools and her secondary education from the Rockwood School District.  Immediately upon graduating from high school, Dr. Peyton moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend Dillard University, a Historically Black University nationally recognized for producing great teachers.  Dr. Peyton’s personal experience coupled with her experience as a teacher in the Recovery School District-New Orleans has shaped how she approaches her career.  Her ultimate goal is to enhance the educational experience of students from underprivileged and multicultural backgrounds through her interactions with families, other educators, and community partners.
 
“As a current school leader, her goal is to move students forward academically and grow the capacity of all educators professionally.  Erica’s passion as an educator has allowed her to connect the outside environment with the educational environment to promote learning in both students and teachers. She’s challenged to be creative and inventive and uses data driven techniques to improve overall test scores and design meaningful opportunities for teachers and students alike.”
 
Dr. Erica Peyton earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Dillard University.  She received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.  Dr. Peyton completed her Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her Doctoral Degree in Leadership in Teaching and Learning from Missouri Baptist University.  Dr. Peyton is the daughter of Josette O. Peyton and Ernest H. Peyton. Dr. Peyton is the mother of Peyton(10) and Kolby(6). She is also the sister of John B. Manning II and Erinn Borders who served the church as YPDers at Tri-Union AME Church in St. Louis, Mo under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Hercules Miles, Jr. General Officer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  She left her teaching profession in New Orleans, LA to become an assistant principal for Normandy Schools Collaborative in 2014 at 29 years old.  She has since worked for the Hazelwood School District and will begin working for the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District July 1, 2019 also as an Assistant Principal. Dr. Peyton is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, New Orleans Alumnae Chapter.
 
We are proud of her as she continues using her teaching and leadership skills to educate others. We thank and praise God for the gifts He continues to bestow into Dr. Erica Renee’ Peyton as she shares those gifts with others.
 
Congratulatory notes can be sent to Dr. Erica Renee’ Peyton at ericapeyton@yahoo.com or 1217 Huntsman St. St. Louis, MO 63137.
  

*The Retirement Celebration of Reverend Calvin and Mrs. Dorise Griffin after 47 Years of Successful Ministry in the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

 
The Pensacola-Panama City District and Good Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, Warrington, Florida announces and invites you to the Retirement Celebration of Reverend Calvin and Mrs. Dorise Griffin after 47 Years of Successful Ministry in the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Celebration will be held at the Life Center of Gregg Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 15 Carson Drive S.E., Ft. Walton Beach, Florida on Saturday, June 29, 2019, One O’clock in the afternoon
 
We ask that all monetary gifts celebrating Reverend and Mrs. Griffin be made payable to them and mailed to: The Pensacola-Panama City District, Post Office Box 6509, Navarre, Florida 32566

 

DECEMBER 

*Bishop John Richard Bryant and Reverend Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant Celebrated their 50TH COVENANT MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY JULY 4, 2019

Congratulations to Bishop John Richard Bryant, the One Hundredth and Sixth Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Reverend Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, Episcopal Supervisor Retired, who Celebrated their 50TH COVENANT MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY: 

 

JULY 4, 2019
6:00 P.M. 

CELEBRATION of 50 Years of COVENANT MARRIAGE 
Bethel A.M.E. Church 
1300 Druid Hill Avenue 
Baltimore, Md. 21217


 

*Reverend and Mrs. Robert D. Boykin Celebrated 70 years of Marriage on June 25, 2019

Rev. and Mrs. Robert D. Boykin celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 25, 2019.  Rev. Robert Boykin served over forty years in the North Carolina Annual Conference prior to his retirement. The couple resides in Wilmington, NC. They are the proud parents of Rev. Ronald A. Boykin, pastor of Seaton Memorial AME Church of Lanham, MD, William O. Boykin, General Board Member of the AME Church and Helena H. Highsmith. 

Congratulatory messages can be sent to: 

Boykin Residence 

1109 S. 7th Street 

Wilmington, NC 28401


*Mrs. Carla Maxwell Ray, First Lady of Wayman AME Church Frederick, Maryland releases new book entitled "The Five Pillars of A First Class Life"

First Lady Carla Maxwell Ray, the wife of Rev. Robert A. Ray, Pastor of Wayman AME Church Frederick, Maryland has released her new book entitled, The Five Pillars of A First Class Life, Smart steps to fiscal freedom and mission driven living.
 
Mrs. Ray stated that this book will serve as a guide to help individuals and families live purposeful, peaceful and financially secure lives. It offers practical tools and anecdotes that offer insight on how to accelerate healthy finances while finding and fulfilling what we are designed to do. The book is available on Amazon.
 
Carla Maxwell Ray’s goal in life is to glorify God by using her gifts for seeing possibilities and empowering others to achieve, advance and fund their vision for their lives, churches and organizations. As a Senior Generosity Strategist with Generis, Carla has two decades of experience generating funds for worthy causes. Carla’s experience includes large, medium and small churches and nonprofits across the country. She held positions in advancement at Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and University of Maryland College Park. The common denominator in all of these experiences is her ability to successfully help raise the funds needed to advance the mission of each church and nonprofit organization.
 
She graduated Valedictorian in her undergraduate class at Lincoln University and also has an MBA from the University of Delaware. Carla and her husband live debt free and coach others in that path. Her passions for innovation, finance and healthy living positively impact her family, the Christian community and all those she encounters.

Congratulatory messages can be email via: pastorrray@gmail.com

Phone: 301-593-5433


*The Swimming Journey of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr, Pastor Teaches Students from the Classroom to the Swimming Pool


 

The Louisiana State University Division of Strategic Communications did a story on Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor and Adjunct Instructor in the School of Education and African American Studies on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. The story highlighted his passion for teaching and summer. The story talks about his journey from a segregated swimming pool in Jacksonville, Florida to a State Senior Olympic champion in three events, 50 butterfly, 50 breaststroke, and the 100 Individual medley. The communications director talked about his bout with medical issues that his doctor said that must be addressed or serious conditions would develop. Dr. Kelly represented the State of Louisiana in the Senior Olympic Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he finished 22nd in the breastroke in the nation, 18th in the butterfly, and 18th in the Individual Medley. Dr. Kelly is now swimming a master’s Swimming team at Louisiana State University.
 

News Article: https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2019/07/30hermankelly.rh.php

Congratulatory news can be emailed to: To: Dr. Herman Kelly, Jr., spidermh7@yahoo.com.

 

September 2019

*Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Randolph Martin and Consultant Charolett Martin, newly Elected First Vice President, Women’s Missionary Society, African Methodist Episcopal Church, to Celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, August 31, 2019 and Five Years of Christian Leadership of the Hot Springs/Arkadelphia District, 12th Episcopal District AME Church


*Dr. & Mrs. Herman O. Kelly, Jr.- Journey Of 35 Years Of Ministry, Partnership, And Service

On September 1, 1984 Herman O. Kelly, Jr. And Linda Marie Simon were joined together in holy matrimony at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Leroy Attles And Dr. Donald Tucker were the officiating Clergy for the ceremony. While attending Boston University School Of Theology as a Seminary Student, Herman Kelly met a tall, beautiful and engaging lady from St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Linda Simon was introduced to Herman Kelly by Former Seminary Colleague JoAnn Browning. One day, Seminary Student, JoAnn Browning asked “ if I wanted to meet a wonderful young lady? “ My response, “ I am not sure, but I will meet her.” The meeting ended up being a Journey Of 35 Years Of Ministry, Partnership, And Service. Linda is a native of Eunice, Louisiana and Herman is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, yet they met in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Journey led the couple to Springfield, Massachusetts, as Dr. Kelly served as administrative assistant at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, They moved to Newport, Rhode Island first appointment, Mt. Zion, then Meridian, Mississippi to serve St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Friendship African Methodist Episcopal Church Clarksdale, Mississippi, While In Clarksdale Mrs. Kelly served as Dean Of Vocational Education At Coahoma Community College Later, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Sister Linda M. Kelly are proud parents of Herman Osby Kelly, III, Washington DC Police Officer, Tiffany Marie Kelly, Data Scientists Brooklyn,New York. Mrs. Linda Marie Kelly is a Project Manager for Fast Start In The Louisiana Economic Development State Of Louisiana. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Serves as Pastor Of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church And Adjunct Faculty Louisiana State University And River Parishes Community College.

Congratulatory Messages can be emailed to: spidermh7@yahoo.com


**CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUTH OF THE CENTRAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE ELEVENTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT:

*Fifteen-year-old Alyssa Watson is a homeschool student attending Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa, Florida. She will graduate in May 2020 with her high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree. This past Summer, Alyssa was accepted into the FBI Youth Academy at Miami Dade College. Throughout the week, she received hands-on training in some of the tasks that agents-in-training must complete including training in realistic VR simulations with air-loaded guns, self-defense, and mock crime scene investigation. Subject matter over the course of the week included, human trafficking, drug trafficking, drug abuse, crimes against children, and cybercrime. Alyssa is currently working with some of the students, teachers, and retired agents at the academy in running community outreach activities that bring awareness to drug abuse and mass shootings. Alyssa also serves as a Student Ambassador in EFSC’s Student Government Association. Alyssa is a member of Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cocoa, FL, where her very proud parents, the Reverends Odell D. and Lateria Watson serve as pastors. (The Reverend Milton Broomfield, Presiding Elder).
 
Congratulatory emails can be sent to:
The Reverends Odell D. & Lateria Watson
Email: watsonodell@aol.com 


Ms. Nakima Rector was chosen to represent Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) in London, England to study abroad with the Board International Curriculum Program.  Her study of focus is creative writing, media and communications.
 
Also, at Florida State University, Nakima is the Alumni Affairs Chair for the Black Student Union Executive Board and Secretary for the Black Student Union Cabinet. She is a member of the BSU cabinet administration for 2019-2020 and the PR & Marketing Chair for the Black Student Union Executive Board
 
Nakima is also the Marketing Director for FSU’s Homecoming Council and Assistant Programming Director for the FSU Homecoming Council and a Seminole Torchbearer Member. She is entering her senior year, and she has maintained a 3.5 GPA during her tenure at FSU.
 
Nakima is a member of Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Oakland, FL, where her grandparents, the Reverends Joseph L. and Lamarda F. Brooks, serve as pastors. (The Reverend Valarie J. Walker, Presiding Elder)
 
Congratulatory emails can be sent to:

The Reverends Joseph L. and Lamarda F. Brooks
Email: joemar7@aol.com

 



Eight-year-old Gibran Rawlings the Lord and loves Karate. After just 2 years of participation, he has earned his red/brown belt in Karate. He is a member of TEAM INTENSITY which is the top club at his school. Since last year, he’s competed in approximately 6 tournaments throughout the State of Florida; and has earned six 1st place individual medals, three 2nd place individual medals, two 3rd place medals, and one 2nd place team sync medal in the collective areas of extreme open forms, single Bo-Staff, double Bo-Staff, and Sparring. Gibran competed at the 2019 US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championship where he earned 1st place with his team in their team demo and 3rd place with one of his teammates in their team sync demo. Because his team were grand champions, they were featured at the night of victory at this international event. Gibran’s goal is to achieve his black belt in Karate while continuing to excel academically. Gibran is a member of Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church (East Campus), Orlando, FL, where the Reverend Terence R. Gray, I, serves as the Senior Pastor. The Reverend Jeff A. Beason serves as the East Campus Pastor. (The Reverend Henry L. Postell, II, Presiding Elder). Gibran is the son of Dr. Pameil Rawlings, PharmD, a Licentiate at the East Campus.
 
Congratulatory emails can be sent to:

Dr. Pameil Shaw Rawlings, PharmD
Email: pameilshaw@yahoo.com

 


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*Fourteen-year-old Jacob Cuthbert, III was selectd by the National Boy Scouts of America to be in the inaugural class of the National Historian Summit at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM from June 9-14, 2019. After completing the week-long program, Jacob now holds the designation of “Scouting Historian”. He is the first Scout in his Boy Scouts Council (Central Florida Council – BSA) and the first Black Scout in America to hold such a designation. Jacob is a Life ranked Scout and serves as the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) for his Boy Scout Troop – Troop 263 (Lake Mary, FL). He also serves as editor of his Troop’s newsletter, News 263. Jacob is also very active in his local YPD. He will be entering 8th grade at Sanford Middle School, Sanford, FL in the fall. Jacob is a member of Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL, where the Reverend Terence R. Gray, I, serves as the Senior Pastor. (The Reverend Henry L. Postell, II, Presiding Elder). Jacob is the son of the Reverend Dr. Missiouri McPhee, Minister of Worship at Saint Mark, Orlando; Dean of the Board of Examiners & Assistant Conference Secretary (Central Annual Conference); Secretary of the Board of Christian Education (11th Episcopal District); and Connectional Secretary for the Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES).

Congratulatory emails can be sent to:
The Reverend Dr. Missiouri McPhee
Email: turnerite@aol.com


*Presiding Elder and Mrs. Alexander Gatson,  North Nashville District, Tennessee Conference Celebrates 40th Wedding Anniversary 

Congratulations to Rev. Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson; Presiding Elder and First Lady of the North District, Tennessee Conference who will celebrate 40 years of marriage on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

They were joined in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, September 1, 1979, at Sightseeing Rd Chapel in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Reverend and Mrs. Gatson have traveled together both domestically and internationally with the United States Army. In addition, they have served in ministry in the 9th, 10th, and currently serve in the 13th Episcopal District.

Together, they share and enjoy their daughter, Dr. Alexis Gatson Heaston (Marlon) and one granddaughter, Alexandria Heaston. We Praise and Thank God for His continued blessings on their marriage.

 

Congratulatory messages can be sent to:
Rev. Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson
Algatson57@gmail.com

OCTOBER 2019

*Reverend and Mrs. Charles Singleton Celebrates 62nd Wedding Anniversary - Retired Yet Marching Strong

Rev. Singleton is a Superannuated Pastor from the 7th Episcopal District and Sister Singleton is a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society. 

Reverend & Mrs. Charles (Jeanette P.) Singleton of Awendaw, South Carolina say, another “THANK YOU JESUS”!  We give God the Glory for a meeting that took place in 2nd and 3rd Grades that has experienced a beautiful ONENESS for the past 62 years – SEPTEMBER 7, 1957 – SEPTEMBER 7, 2019. With three beautiful and devoted children: Charnette, Charles II, Charlton (Maryjo), and five grandchildren, the Singletons also continue to reach out to children, families, friends, and parishioners who have become a part of them during their time in the world of work.  Yes! They are enjoying retirement and still march with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Omegas, the Deltas, the Masons and the Eastern Stars…. Please wish them continuous love and happiness as they celebrate 62 GREAT YEARS of marriage.

Congratulatory responses can be conveyed via, 
Email: Jeanettepsing@att.net
(843) 991-8586  (cell) (843) 884-2567  (home)  


*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana dedicates swimming journey to his parents and mentor

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana competed in the State Senior Olympics in Swimming at Alexandria High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. Dr. Kelly is the State Champion in 4 Swimming events, 200 Breaststroke, 50 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly, and 100 Individual Medley. Dr. Kelly swims with the Masters Swimming Program at Louisiana State University/Tiger Aquatics Swim Team. He is preparing to Qualify for Senior National Olympics in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He works out MWF 5:00 am. Dr. Kelly has dedicated this journey to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman O. Kelly, Sr., who encouraged his sister and Pastor Kelly to learn to swim in Jacksonville, Florida at a segregated pool. He also dedicated this journey to his mentor and former swimming coach Dr. James Haines of Morehouse College. Dr. Kelly also teaches African American youth to swim. Additionally, he also teaches as adjunct in Religion and River Parishes Community College and Louisiana State University in Education and African American Studies. 
 
Congratulatory contact: spidermh7@yahoo.com


*2019 HOPEFUL - Alzheimer's and Caregivers' Symposium
By Mrs. Roslyn Thibodeaux Goodall, Daughter of Mrs. Melanie J. Thibodeaux and the late Rev. Dr. G. H. J. Thibodeaux, Former General Officer AME Church

Since 2012, Mrs. Roslyn Thibodeaux Goodall (10th Episcopal District), daughter of Mrs. Melanie J. Thibodeaux and the late Rev. Dr. G. H. J. Thibodeaux (8th Episcopal District) has produced a free Alzheimer's & Caregivers' Symposium, in the name of her home church, St. Matthew A.M.E., Shreveport. Rev. Dr. Glenell Lee-Pruitt is the Pastor. HOPEFUL, the 8th annual educational conference occurred on September 14, with over 200 attendees. Dr. Mark Pippenger, a behavioral neurologist at Novant Health in Charlotte, NC, was the guest speaker. An Alzheimer's researcher discussed the relationship between Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's and an attorney discussed how to protect the assets of someone suffering from the illness. Two caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's received the "Mrs. Melanie J. Thibodeaux Caregiver Award". KTBS news anchor, Ms. Brenda Teele, was the emcee. On Friday, there was a literary event that featured four authors of books on Alzheimer’s and Caregiving from DC, Kansas, and Texas. There were 20 resource tables. Sponsors of HOPEFUL, such as AARP, United Healthcare, AKAs, and the Center for Brain Health made it possible for complimentary breakfast and lunch to be provided. The Symposium was approved for 4 CEUs by the NASW. Click on the link, below, to see one of the interviews. 

Contact
alzsym@hotmail.com for more information.
https://www.ktbs.com/news/web-extra/web-extra-hopeful-alzheimer-s-caregivers-symposium/article_7e2bbd24-d63f-11e9-b3c0-8fd236ca6870.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share 
 

Responses can be emailed to:
Roslyn Thibodeaux Goodall
214.228.9068

Email: https://clancy_3@hotmail.com

November 2019

*Retired Episcopal Supervisor Mildred Primm Celebrates 100th Birthday

Supervisor Mildred Primm will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday, October 21, 2019. Help wish her a happy birthday and pray God’s blessings as she begins a new year.  We look forward to welcoming Bishop Clement W. Fugh as we celebrate on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

 
Expressions may be sent to:
Campbell Chapel AME Church
1500 E. 22nd Ave., Denver, CO 80205

Email: campbellchapelamechurch.denver@gmail.com
Rev. Jennifer S. Leath, Ph.D., Pastor


*Wedding of Washington Conference - Second Episcopal District Itinerant Elder

The former Rev. Lauren Jones wed Baltimore-native and GIS Specialist, Marvine Harris, III, on October 11, 2019 at 5 PM at the beautiful Royalton Blue Waters resort in Trelawny, Jamaica surrounded by 35 of their closest family and friends. The now Rev. Lauren Harris is an itinerant elder and serves in the Washington Annual Conference of the 2nd Episcopal District on the ministerial staff at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland under the esteemed leadership of the Rev. Mark Whitlock. 

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: 

(revlaurelj@gmail.com) Rev. Lauren Harris
 


It is with overflowing joy and thanksgiving to Almighty God, that we happily announce the birth of  Trenton Andrew Wilson, on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 1:58pm, weighing 8lbs, 8oz.  He is the son of The Rev. Fedrick A. & Tenessa Wilson, Pastor and First Lady of Live Oak AME Church in Vance, South Carolina; and grandson of The Rev. Moses J. Wilson (Retired Itinerant Elder) and Hester Nesmith Wilson. 


Congratulatory expressions can be sent to Tenessa.Wilson@gmail.com and fedrick.wilson@yahoo.com.  
   

December  2019

**DR. THERESSA GREGG JAMES, EPISCOPAL SUPERVISOR RETIRED, CELEBRATED 97TH BIRTHDAY, WEDNESDAY,  NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Dr. T.G. James with Bishop Frederick Calhoun James-

Dr. Theressa Gregg James, the very gracious Episcopal Supervisor Retired, celebrated her 96th Birthday, Tuesday, November 13, 2019.  Dr. James is the wife of Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. James was born in Marion, South Carolina, is a graduate of their (she and Bishop James’) “Beloved” Allen University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Cum Laude Graduate, and Columbia University in New York, NY. She enjoyed a career in teaching while serving as First Lady and being actively involved in the life of the churches where the then, Rev. F.C. James was assigned, particularly with the Women’s Missionary Society and Young Peoples Division.  Dr. James’ dedication in Missions earned her a doctorate in Humanities from the University of Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa in 1988.

Dr. James actively and faithfully served as Episcopal Supervisor beside Bishop James in the Fifteenth/Eighteenth, Twelfth, Seventh, Ecumenical Officer and the Second Episcopal Districts. They were and remain “a model Christian Couple.”

Belated Birthday wishes can be emailed to: 

BishopFCJ@aol.com or BISHOPFREDCJAMES@aol.com

Birthday wishes 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

And to: 2421 Lang Street (Home Address), Columbia, SC 29204, 803-256-8756

 


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