January - December 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


*The Sixth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church Congratulates The Rt. Reverend Reginald T. Jackson


Congratulations to our Bishop, The Rt. Reverend Congratulations to our Bishop, The Rt. Reverend Reginald T. Jackson, who has been selected as an At-Large Delegate to the Democratic National Convention to be held in August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Reginald T. Jackson, who has been selected as an At-Large Delegate to the Democratic National Convention to be held in August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Congratulatory Outreach:
(770) 220-1770
(770) 220-9996 (FAX)
Email: Reginald.Jackson132@verizon.net


*Congratulations to 2020 Doctoral Degree Recipient - Rev. Dr. Michael W Eagle, Sr. Pepperdine University

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Michael W Eagle, Sr., upon successfully earning his 2020 doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University of Malibu, California. Dr Michael W Eagle proudly completed Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology program with a GPA of 3.61. Additionally, Dr Eagle was selected to Pepperdine’s new PeppPray program as minister on call for assisting students, staff, and alumni and as a Pepperdine University Guidepost Author.

Dr Eagle’s doctoral dissertation was entitled, Homicidal Loss and Disenfranchised Grief, Mothers of Murdered Descendants: An exploratory Qualitative Study. Research centered on the emotional experiences of four affected mothers and their coping mechanisms years after tragedy.

Pastor Eagle successfully argued for the Ist Sunday in May declared as “Mothers Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Violence in the Streets Day” in the City and County of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles City Council, the Mayor’s Office and Office of the City Controller. Additionally, Dr Eagle made a successful presentation to the Mayor and City Council members of the City of Long Beach, California to acknowledge affected mothers as well.

Rev. Dr. Michael W Eagle, Sr., is the proud pastor of the 109-year-old Grant AME Church of Long Beach, California. Dr Eagle ministers under the 5th District leadership of Presiding Prelate, the Rt. Rev Clement W Fugh and serves in the LA/SD/LV District of the Southern California Conference.

Dr Eagle earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion with an emphasis on Ministry and Leadership from Vanguard University and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University.

Pastor Eagle’s former spouse is deceased; they raised a son Michael II (Tiffany) and daughter Marche’ (LeSean) and have been blessed with grandsons Asa and Lescano.

Contact information for Rev. Dr. Michael W Eagle, Sr.

Grant AME Church, 1129 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
Grantamelb@aol.com, 562 437-1567 Office, 310 748-0235 Cell

*Congratulations to 2020 Baccalaureate Degree Recipient Marques Allen Bruce - Colgate University, Grandson of the Late General Officer Dr. Yale Benjamin Bruce, Sr. Former Director Department of Worship and Evangelism  (1985-1992) and Mrs. Gloria Sykes Bruce

Marques Allen Bruce received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree with a minor in Writing and Rhetoric from Colgate University, Sunday, May 17, 2020 during the virtual conferring of degrees. President Brian Casey, so warmly and reflectively stated that "This is my class."  He became president in 2016 when this class of graduates commenced their higher education journey.

He noted that this class was "His first that he met on move-in day and the first to hear him deliver an address in the Chapel. For four years; on good days that were good, harder, complicated and stressful, they climbed the Hill together."
Marques graduated in the top 10% of his graduating class from Edgewater High School, Orlando, FL. He played football and was awarded the USA Army Defensive Player of the week in 2015. He excelled academically with membership in the National Honor Society. 

He was one of eighty-five (85) Top Scholars of Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in 2016.

This honor is awarded to graduating Seniors who have been accepted in prestigious and Ivy League institutions of higher learning such as Colgate University, Yale University, West Point, Harvard, etc.
The fall of 2016, Marques was accepted at Colgate University on a full academic/football scholarship. He became a member of the Raiders football team and made significant contributions for the team success. The Colgate University Raiders football team won the Patriot League in 2017 and in 2019, he was placed on the Patriot League Honor Roll.
Marques is the oldest son of Clifton and Aileen Bruce and the brother to David Keith who has finished his first year of college. He is the oldest grandson of the late Dr. Yale Benjamin Bruce, Sr., Former Director, Department of Worship and Evangelism, 1985-1992 and the Presiding Elder of the North Orlando District, Central Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District,  2000 – 2006. Gloria Sykes Bruce, School Library Media Specialist, Retired, is his doting grandmother.
Below is a link to the brief video, produced by his father, Clifton, depicting Marques from baptism by his grandfather, Dr Y. B. Bruce to his graduating as a Scholar Athlete from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York.

(See video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xICfXKZICHM&t=10s

Your comments of congratulations are appreciated and can be emailed to: Marques’ parents at 
Vols3808@yahoo.com or brucesgs@bellsouth.net, Mrs. Gloria S. Bruce (grandmother).      

*Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine's publication selected as the lead article in the spring 2020 issue of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal (volume 19.2).

Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church (Durham, NC) and national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., on his most recent publication, "A Theology of Welcome: Faith-Based Considerations of Immigrants as Strangers in a Foreign Land," featured as the lead article in the spring 2020 issue of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal (volume 19.2). In addition to being a former law professor at Southern University, Dr. Augustine also taught Christian Ethics at Jarvis Christian College. His interdisciplinary article, rooted in immigration law and ethics, takes the Trump Administration to task on its discriminatory treatment of Mexican nationals at the U.S./Mexico border, as well in its immigration policies, while also calling on faith adherents to engage in civil disobedience when they deem such governmental action to be unjust. Dr. Augustine earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University and Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. He also earned his law degree from Tulane University and doctorate from Duke University.

The article may be read here: https://cpilj.law.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2515/2020/06/A-Theology-of-Welcome-Faith-Based-Considerations-of-Immigrants-as-Strangers-in-a-Foreign-Land-by-Jonathan-C.-Augustine.pdf 

Comments may be sent to: 

The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, DMin
31st Pastor, St. Joseph AME Church
National Chaplain, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 


*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Selected as an LSU Racial Equality Expert Available to Speak to Media

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was selected by the Strategic Communications Department of Louisiana State to speak as a Racial Equality Expert. He was selected and added to a list of experts to speak to the media regarding race, community engagement, and the civil rights movement.  Dr. Kelly teaches in the African and African American Studies Program and Human Sciences and Education Department. He also serves as Finance Chair for The African and African American Studies Program. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of Morehouse College BA., Springfield College M.Ed, Boston University School of Theology M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary D.Min. He is also the Editor of The Black Rhetorical Traditions in The Civil Rights Movement.

See Article:

Contact: spidermh7@yahoo.com

*Reverend and Mrs. Lionel Jackson are honored to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Kaitlyn Marie Jackson to Deaunte Rashad Gay on July 3rd

The Reverend Lionel Jackson and Sister Keatrina Marie Jackson of Pineville, Louisiana are both honored to announce the marriage of their daughter Kaitlyn Marie Jackson to Deaunte Rashad Gay on July 3, 2020.   Reverend Jackson is the senior pastor of Gaines Chapel AME Church in the city of Natchitoches, La, Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Eight Episcopal District is his bishop.  Reverend Lionel Jackson is a retired chaplain from The Department of Veterans Affairs, with 24 years of Federal Service.  He was ordained an Itinerant Elder in 1994, and has pastored several churches, all within the Eight Episcopal District. Rev Jackson is a Candidate for the Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Regent University School of Divinity. Sister Keatrina Jackson is a retired Registered Pharmacist from the Department of Veteran Affairs, with 34 years of federal service. Rev Jackson will be officiating the ceremony.

Kaitlyn is the youngest child of Rev. Lionel and Keatrina Jackson. She graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La on December 14, 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Education and Human Development where, she majored in Early Childhood Education Grade PK-3. She obtained an overall GPA of 3.58 while at Northwestern State. She is a current member of Bethel AME Church in Alexandria, La where she previously served as President of the YPD. She has previously served as First Vice-President of YPD in the Central North Louisiana Conference. She was hired as a Kindergarten teacher at L.P. Vaugh Elementary School in Natchitoches, La., while serving as a student teacher prior to her graduation in 2018.  Because of her exceptional work in the classroom, she was retained by L.P. Vaugh as a kindergarten teacher for the following school year of 2019-2020. She was well loved and appreciated by both her students and faculty. She enjoys the arts and reading.

Deaunte Rashad Gay her fiancé, is the son of Ms. Monique Glasper. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University’s School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information.  Deaunte is currently employed as a Marketing Operations Analyst for The H.E.B. Corporation in San Antonio, Texas. He enjoys video games and sports.

The ceremony will be held July 3, 2020 at 12:00 Noon in the Chapel at Bayou Haven, a private event’s center in Alexandria, Louisiana. All praises are due to our God and His dear Son Jesus Christ our Savior for His rich blessings upon our family, friends, and those who have been beacons for us on our Christian journey.


Well wishes can be emailed to: temperance.0810@gmail.com   (Rev. and Mrs. Lionel Jackson).

*Congratulations  to Chaplain Jermaine Mulley Full-time Chaplain for the Joint Force Headquarters Virgin Islands National Guard

Chaplain Jermaine Mulley accepted the assignment on 8 JUNE 2020 to the duty of full-time Chaplain for the Joint Force Headquarters Virgin Islands National Guard. He was Direct Commissioned as First Lieutenant, Chaplain 786th CSSB (St. Thomas) on 19 JUNE 2019. Rev. Mulley also serves as the pastor of St. Luke AME Church, St. Croix in the Sixteenth Episcopal District. He is married to Cliaunjel Mulley with an almost 5-month-old baby girl named Genesis Mulley. 
Contact: jermainemulley@gmail.com

*Congratulations to the Reverend W. Antoni Sinkfield, PhD for Successfully Defending his Doctoral Dissertation

The Nashville District of the Tennessee Conference of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, joins with Payne Chapel AME Church and St. James AME Church family in congratulating Reverend W. Antoni Sinkfield, PhD., Pastor, for successfully defending his dissertation entitled: “The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness: An Analysis of Black Preaching within the African Methodist Episcopal Church as a Rhetorical and Stylistic Tool for Leading Social Mobilization and Transformation.”

Congratulations, Rev. Dr. W. A. Sinkfield!!

 Words of commendation and well wishes can be emailed to: payne_1@comcast.net, Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield, PhD.

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. 





 *Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, Retired, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates his Ninety-Eighth Birthday, Tuesday,  April 7, 2020

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.

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, 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.

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 emailed to:

Email: BishopFCJ@aol.com (Office Email)
BISHOPFREDCJAMES@aol.com (Office Email)

*General Officer's Family Congratulatory Announcement-Chaplain Captain Dianna Nicole Watkins-Dickerson earned Ph.D Degree

Chaplain Captain Dianna Nicole Watkins-Dickerson earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication and Film at University of Memphis after successfully defending her dissertation on April 6, 2020. She wrote a seminal study titled “’Daring to be Herself’: Womanist Rhetorical Theory and Black Women’s Presidential Campaign Announcement Speeches.” Dr. Watkins-Dickerson, who earned the B.A. from Spelman College and the M.Div. from Vanderbilt University, is a chaplain in the United States Air Force and a member of the ministerial staff at St. James AME Church in Memphis, Tennessee. She is married to Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, Jr., Ed.D., a Latin teacher at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, and they are the parents of Dennis C. Dickerson III. She is the daughter of Ms. Jerrie Watkins and the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Mary A. E. Dickerson and Retired General Officer Dennis C. Dickerson, Sr., Ph.D.

Communications may be emailed to diannanicolewatkins@yahoo.com


*Faith in a Time of Fear | Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana was interviewed regarding local and connectional Church response to the Coronavirus.  He is an adjunct Instructor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and The Chair of The Board of Examiners, Eighth Episcopal District

Link below:

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

*Connectional Officer's Family Announcement - Bethany Strong, MD, recently passed Board Certification Exams in General Surgery and Preventative Medicine

BETHANY STRONG, MD, is a Surgical Critical Care Fellow at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Strong attended Spelman College for her undergraduate degree in Biology and minor Biochemistry graduating as summa cum laude and Valedictorian. She completed her MD at Harvard Medical School in 2012 where she was active in the Student National Medical Association and student government. 

She completed her General Surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. During her research time, Dr. Strong completed a Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. There she focused on injury and violence prevention through work at the Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore City Chief Medical Examiner Office and advocacy on Capitol Hill. Dr. Strong is a board-certified Preventive Medicine and General Surgeon physician working as an advocate for social change.

Bethany Strong, MD, is the daughter of the Reverend Leodis and Mrs. (Allena A.) Strong, President of the Connectional Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Servant Pastor of Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma, Alabama.  Dr. and Mrs. Strong are overjoyed with this recent milestone in their daughter's life.

Congratulatory well-wishes can be emailed to: leodis-strong@att.net

**Birth of First Grandchild of Rev. Gloria Lasco of the Tennessee Annual Conference

Congratulation to Hadiya Gilchrist, Zoie Regin Gilchrist was born on April 21, 2020. Hadiya is the daughter of Reverend Gloria Lasco, pastor of Saint James AME Church, Pryorsburg, KY. North District, Tennessee Annual Conference. This is Pastor Lasco first grandchild.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:  Gloria.lasco@hotmail.com


*Pastor receives the Africana Service Award from the African and African American Studies Program at Louisiana State University for the academic year 2019-2020

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana received the Africana Service Award from the African and African American Studies Program at Louisiana State University for the academic year 2019-2020. The award is given to a faculty member who performs far beyond their assigned duties. Dr. Kelly serves as instructor in Introduction to African American Studies and The History of The Civil Rights Movement He also serves as Financial Chair of the African and African American Studies Program and helps with recruitment of students to the program as a minor or major. The Director names a person each academic year to receive special recognition. In addition to teaching in the African and African American Studies Program he also teaches in the College of Human Sciences and Education Dr. Kelly formerly received the African American Cultural Center Legacy Award and also the African American Cultural Center Community Award.

*RETIRED GENERAL OFFICER PUBLISHES THE AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: A HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                 

The Reverend Dennis C. Dickerson, Ph.D., a Retired General Officer in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, has published a landmark volume, THE AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: A HISTORY (New York, Cambridge University, 2020). Cambridge University Press which solicited this manuscript from Dr. Dickerson, is the globe’s premier academic publisher. In 602 pages Dr. Dickerson examines and documents the long history of the AME Church and its intersection with major social movements over more than two centuries. Beginning as a religious movement in the late 18th century and through the early 21st century, African Methodism developed as a freedom advocate for blacks in the Atlantic World. Governance of this proud black ecclesia coexisted with an emancipationist ethos to fight slavery, segregation, and colonialism. The book also recounts how this black institution reckoned with the inexorable demands produced by the abolitionist movement, the Civil War, two world wars, the civil rights movement, African decolonization, women’s empowerment, and the denomination’s rising global prominence.

Dr. Dickerson can be contacted at dennis.c.dickerson@vanderbilt.edu

The link to the book is: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/african-methodist-episcopal-church/42CC3EB9F58B52D0A04B352045551032#.

*Connectional Officer Selected to serve on the Los Angeles County's Economic Resiliency Task Force in the Faith Sector

Congratulations to Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont Walker, Director-Consultant of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Social Action Commission who was selected to serve on the Los Angeles County's Economic Resiliency Task Force in the Faith sector

Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director-Consultant of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Social Action Commission, was humbled and honored to be selected to serve on the Los Angeles County's Economic Resiliency Task Force in the Faith Sector.


For over 40 years, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker has been a professional in the public and private sectors. Mrs. Dupont-Walker's strong commitment and calling to "faith-centered and empowering" development has made her a prophetic voice locally and nationally. Early in life she was impacted by the models of an entrepreneurial and visionary father and maternal grandfather who taught her self-determination and self-reliance in the context of strong faith and commitment to community service. Her maternal role models included a clever "sistah" Grandmom and Mother-dear who demonstrated and expected excellence. Mrs. Dupont-Walker pioneered in desegregating a major university, and has trail blazed on behalf of women and people of color in many arenas. She is the founding president of Ward Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and for 25 years has led it in developing over 280 units of affordable housing, one major shopping mall, encouraging indigenous leadership, creating neighborhood networks, facilitating job creation, conducting asset mapping, and spearheading an intergenerational community building effort.

She selflessly devotes skills and resources, utilizing networking as a strategy for creating strong diversified linkages from a faith-centered perspective, engaging in policy formation, facilitating economic and social empowerment, mentoring new leadership, advocating for cutting edge solutions, and encouraging institutional change that enhances the quality of life for all people. She is married to Buford “Sonny” Walker and in their blended family they have raised and nurtured 8 children and 24 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  


Congratulatory responses can be emailed to:

JDUPONTW@aol.com; or jdupontwalker@gmail.com, Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker.


*Congratulations to The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine Senior Pastor of St. Joseph AME Church, Durham, NC

Doctoral Degree Recipient
On the recommendation of the dean and faculty of Duke Divinity, The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine was conferred the Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke University, Durham, NC.  His doctoral dissertation was "Moving the Church Toward Reconciliation: From Sacred Texts to Secular Acts of Diversity and Inclusion."

The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine serves as the senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church in Durham, NC, and as national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. His ministry is filled with a history of leadership and service in addressing some of the 21st century’s most pressing social issues, bringing the church into the community and the community into the church. Immediately prior to assignment at St. Joe’s, Dr. Augustine was senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans (1844), the birthplace of African Methodism in the Deep South and oldest predominately Black, Protestant church in the city. He was also an adjunct law professor at Southern University.  

Pastor Jay Augustine earned an economics degree from Howard University, along with an active duty commission as a U.S. Army infantry officer. Following four-years of decorated, active-duty military service, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and served as a law clerk to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice (then-Associate) Bernette Joshua Johnson. He later earned his Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, as a Beane Fellow and National Rainbow-PUSH Foundation Coalition Scholar, before completing a fellowship at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine is married to St. Joseph’s First Lady, Sister Michelle Burks Augustine, his partner in life and ministry. They have two children.


Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: 

*Congratulations to the Reverend Nachia Woods English who received her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 

Congratulations to The Reverend Nachia Woods English, Supernumerary minister on staff at Ralph Avenue AME Church, Louisville, KY, who received her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

The Reverend Woods-English, on her virtual hooding photo dedicates her degree to her late mother, Sister Cynthia Miller, whose funeral services were held the same day, Saturday, May 16th.

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: n0wood03@gmail.com, or revnmenglish@gmail.comReverend Nachia Woods English.

*Congratulations to 2020 Baccalaureate Degree Recipient Anah Jeriah Sinkfield -Spelman College - Cum Laude

Anah Jeriah Sinkfield successfully completed one of the most unforgettable experiences of her early life by graduating Cum Laude from the illustrious and prestigious Spelman College on May 23, 2020. Anah is the daughter of the Reverend W. Antoni Sinkfield and First Lady Kristy J. Sinkfield, the servant leaders of Payne Chapel and St. James AME Churches in Nashville, TN. She serves under the Episcopal Leadership of Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath, Presiding Prelate of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, Dr. Susan Leath, Episcopal Supervisor, and the Rev. Troy Merritt, Jr., Presiding Elder and Mrs. Brenda Merritt of the Nashville District of the Tennessee Annual Conference.

*Congratulations may be emailed to the joyful parents, the Reverend W. Antoni and Mrs. Kristy Sinkfield at pastorwas@bellsouth.net.
Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield, Senior Pastor
Payne Chapel AME Church
212 Neill Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
St. James AME Church
1501 Straightway Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206

*Congratulations to 2020 Baccalaureate Degree Recipient Roberta Shontell Benton-Auburn University 

Roberta Shontell Benton received her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Education from Auburn University on December 15th 2019. She is  the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Jonathan Benton, Pastor and First Lady of St Mark AME Church, Opelika Alabama;  Bishop Harry L. Seawright, Presiding Bishop, Ninth Episcopal District, The Reverend Sherita Moon Seawright, Episcopal Supervisor, and Dr. Letia Watford, Presiding Elder, Tuskegee District.

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to the proud parents, Reverend and Mrs. Jonathan Benton@ revjoebenton@gmail.com.

*Congratulations to Charlie Andraco Benton 2020 Baccalaureate Degree Recipient-West Virginia University

Charlie Andraco Benton received his Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from West Virginia University on May 15th 2020 via virtual commencement.

He is  the son of Reverend and Mrs. Jonathan Benton, Pastor and First Lady of St Mark AME Church, Opelika Alabama;  Bishop Harry L. Seawright, Presiding Bishop, Ninth Episcopal District, The Reverend Sherita Moon Seawright, Episcopal Supervisor, and Dr. Letia Watford, Presiding Elder, Tuskegee District.

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to the proud parents,  Reverend and Mrs. Jonathan Benton@ revjoebenton@gmail.com. 


*Congratulations to Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, Senior Pastor of St. Joseph AME Church, Durham North Carolina

Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Johnathan C. Augustine, Senior Pastor of St. Joseph AME Church (Durham, NC), on being appointed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force. Governor Cooper established the Harris Task Force, by executive order, to address obvious racial and ethnic disparities in North Carolina that have become more pronounced and apparent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Augustine will serve as a member of the task force's Environmental Justice Committee. Governor Cooper's announcement can be seen here:  https://governor.nc.gov/news/governor-cooper-names-members-andrea-harris-social-economic-environmental-and-health-equity The Task Force's first meeting will be August 5th. 

Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to:

jayaugustine9@gmail.com, Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine

stjosephamec@stjamec.org, St. Joseph AME Church

*Congratulations to Reverend Dr. Katurah York Cooper, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church, Liberia West Africa

A major blessing has come to Rev. Dr. Katurah York Cooper, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Liberia, West Africa, Fourteenth Episcopal District, Founder of Helping Our People Excel (HOPE Inc.) who serves as the national co-leader of Global Leadership Summit, Liberia. Her work in leadership development is being recognized. Dr. York-Cooper will be sharing her "Grander Vision" story at this year's summit and her book is being featured among the GLS 2020 Faculty (Speakers) Resources.

This year's faculty include President George W. Bush, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Craig Groeschel, Motivational Speaker Nona Jones, and others. The Summit is Virtual, and registration is available. It will be August 6-7, 2020. You can follow this link for more information. She is grateful for this opportunity to share her story across a diverse audience of over 130,000 US attendees and across viewers in 135 countries! Praise the Lord!

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

 *The Reveryan McAllister and Ms. Kamaria Byrd were married on August 8, 2020 

Rev. Bryan McAllister and Ms. Kamaria Byrd were married on August 8, 2020. Rev. McAllister is the pastor of Heard Chapel AME Church in Roselle, New Jersey and the son of the late Reverend Charles McAllister and the Rev. Dr. Patricia McAllister, pastor of Mount Zion AME Church in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Byrd is the daughter of Rev. Vernon R. Byrd, Jr., pastor of Matthew AME Church in Philadelphia, and Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras Byrd. She is the granddaughter of deceased Bishop Vernon Randolph Byrd, Sr., and Retired Episcopal Supervisor Theora L. Byrd.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: 
Rev. Bryan and Kamaria Byrd McAllister

And to:

Revs. Vernon R. Byrd, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras Byrd

*Payne Chapel AME Church and St. James AME Church, Nashville Tennessee, Congratulates First Lady  Kristy Sinkfield

Let us extend major congratulatory kudos to the awesome and erudite First Lady of Payne Chapel AME Church  and St. James AME Church,  Nashville, Tennessee, Sister Kristy Sinkfield--who was awarded The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Five Pillar Leader Award (the highest honor granted by the medical center) for her overwhelming and significant leadership prowess and ground-breaking accomplishments!  Sister Kristy Sinkfield is the wife of the Reverend Dr. W. Antoni Sinkfield.

All words of congratulations can be emailed to Kristy Sinkfield at kristysinkfield@gmail.com.

*63rd Wedding Anniversary



Reverend & Mrs. Charles (Jeanette P.) Singleton are celebrating another year of ONE-NESS.  September 7, 1957 – September 7, 2020 marks 63 BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, AND JOYOUS YEARS OF MARRIAGE.   The Childhood Sweethearts (2nd & 3rd Grades) are still on the move.  Reverend Singleton, Superannuated Pastor of the AME Church, and Sister Singleton, a Life Member of the AME Connectional Women’s Missionary Society, are in Good Health and are still actively involved in many activities through their church, community, school, and most especially their family.  The four scorers thank you, everybody, as you continuously reach out and show your love for them.   We ask everyone to always show those you love how much you care. CHILDREN, please take care of your parents as our children – Daughter Charnette, Son Charles II (Gwendolyn), Son Charlton (Maryjo), and Grandchildren take care of Mom and Daddy Singleton.  With Faith, Hope, and Love, we say….” ANOTHER YEAR...THANK YOU JESUS”!

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:


The Reverend Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant 
Episcopal Supervisor Retired
CELEBRATES her new Publication

Publication available on AMAZON

Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant Bio.....

"Rev. C" is a Spiritual Director, Missionary and Women’s Empowerment Leader with a Global Vision. She has responded to the Jeremiah Mandate for “the healing of the nations."

Her visionary Leadership has heightened the awareness and response of the African and Diasporic church to Health, Ecological wellness, development, cultural and peace issues. "Rev. C" is founder of the A.M.E. Church in the Ivory Coast and co-founder with her husband, Senior Bishop John Richard Bryant, of the A.M.E. Church in India.

"Rev. C’s" devotion to the uplift of women covers a field that includes New England, Maryland, Texas, the U.S. West Coast, the Caribbean and South America, West, Central and Southern Africa, Western Europe, Asia, Australia, Bermuda and Canada.

She has been an advocate and teacher of Prevailing Prayer. A “worldly” mystic who seeks to incarnate the Beatitudes. "Rev. C’s" heart has been broken for the poor and suffering. She is an author, an intercessor and a lover of children worldwide. She is founder of primary schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dallas, Texas, Grand Bassa, Liberia and an orphanage in Mohotlong Lesotho. An Early Childhood Development Center in Seattle Washington has been named in her honor. She was also awarded THE LEADERSHIP IN SERVICE AWARD by President BARAK OBAMA.

With undeniable faith in the Healing Power of God, "Rev. C" has mobilized health professionals (over 200) to serve in Haiti, the Ivory Coast, Zambia, India, Rwanda and the Kingdom of Lesotho. She has also equipped and mentored Youth for Missions in Alaska, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic and Health Missions to India and Rwanda.

Her entire house hold gives service to the uplift of the Kingdom of God. Her husband of over 50 years, Rt. Rev. John R. Bryant was the Senior Bishop of the A.M.E. Church. Their son, Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant the founder and pastor of Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church, Baltimore, Maryland is currently serving as the Pastor of New Birth in Lithonia, Georgia and a member of St. Phillips A.M.E. Church Pastored by Dr. William Watley.  In January Rev. Dr. Jamal will be leading a cohort at Payne Seminary on GROWING THE LOCAL CHURCH. Dr. Thema Bryant Davis Ph.D., the youngest child, is Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University. She is CoHost of a Radio Talk Show in Los Angeles. She has served as United Nations Representative for The American Psychological Association, President of Association of Women Psychologists and Mental Health Consultant for CNN, Dr. Phil, OWN and OXYGEN. She is on the Ministerial Staff of FAME Los Angeles, Pastored by Dr. Edgar Boyd.  Episcopal Supervisor Bryant is a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church Baltimore where the Bryant Team served for 13 Years, Dr. Patrick and Rev. Sheri Clayborn are the Pastoral Leaders.  Bishop Bryant maintains his membership at Empowerment Temple pastored by Dr. GJ. Barnes and supports both Ministries.
Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant' new Publication, TOGETHER: A Biblical Meditation and Guide to Enrich Covenant Marriage..
The link to Amazon 
is below:


Congratulatory well-wishes can be emailed to:
(Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, Episcopal Supervisor Retired)

*Birth of Lexington Ace Wilson-Wood Child of Columnist for the AME Church Christian Recorder

Lexington Ace Wilson-Woods was born on October 8, 2020 at 9:32 am to Lauren Wilson and Will Woods.  Lexington is 6 pounds, 10 ounces, 19 inches long. Lauren serves as a columnist for the Christian Recorder and her father the Reverend Melvin Wilson is the pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Orange, New Jersey.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:

Lauren Wilson: Law.wilson.a@gmail.com
Rev. Melvin Wilson: pastorwilson@stmatthewame.org

Wedding of Ms. Annjeanette Tyson, Former Connectional YPD Officer and Daughter of Late Connectional Officer and Mr. Jeferni Cameron

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, Ms. Annjeanette Tyson and Mr. Jeferni Cameron were married at Christian Chapel Temple of Faith CME Church in Dallas, Texas. Both are licentiates in the North Texas Annual Conference and serve on the staff of Greater Garth AME Church, Dallas. Additionally, Ms. Tyson is the former Connectional First Vice President of the YPD. 
The bride's father, the late Presiding Elder Albert D. Tyson III served as Presiding Elder of the North District of the Chicago Annual Conference and President of the Connectional Presiding Elders Council. Her mother Mrs. Robin Holmes Tyson serves as the 4th District Ambassador to India. Her aunt the Reverend Margaret V. L. Tyson is the pastor of Allen Chapel, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Quinn Chapel, Ironton, Ohio.
The wedding was officiated by Bishop David R. Daniels, Presiding Prelate of the 15th District, and Rev. Dr. Challis Bradford, pastor of Greater Garth, Dallas.
Congratulations can be emailed to:
Robin Holmes Tyson: ssame1lady@gmail.com
Annjeanette Tyson Cameron


Wedding of The Reverend Chaplain (First Lieutenant) Melissa W. George, USAF and Presiding Elder William R. T. Hale

The Reverend Chaplain (First Lieutenant) Melissa W. George, USAF and Presiding Elder William R. T. Hale were married on October 10, 2020, in Richmond, Kentucky in a ceremony officiated by Reverend Stephanie Raglin and Reverend Joshua Hale. Reverend William R. T. Hale is the Presiding Elder of the Commonwealth District of the Kentucky Annual Conference and pastor of St. Paul, Versailles, Kentucky. Reverend George is an active duty chaplain in the United States Air Force and her church is Embry Chapel, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: 

pastorwilliamhale@gmail.com (Presiding Elder William R. T. Hale)

Kentucky Pastor-The Reverend Stephanie M. Raglin Welcomed as a New Trustee of Asbury Theological Seminary 

The Reverend Stephanie M. Raglin, the proud pastor of Embry Chapel A.M.E. Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky has been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

Reverend Raglin holds a M.A. Degree in Christian Leadership (2010) and M.Div. (2017) from Asbury Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. She currently serves as president of the Thirteenth Episcopal District Women in Ministry (WIM) and she is a member of the Kentucky Conference Board of Examiners.

Reverend Raglin is the Director of Programs for the Hope Center Recovery Program for Women in Lexington, Kentucky and the Hope Center for Men and Women in the Division of Corrections of the Fayette County Detention Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  She also holds membership with the Bluegrass Re-Entry Council, Women Leading Kentucky Organization and Women’s Coalition on Substance Abuse. She was recently named to the National Association of Professional Women.
Reverend Raglin is happily married to Mark A. Raglin and is the mother of three, Melanie and twins, Maya and Mykal. Her favorite motto is “Enjoy The Journey”. Her favorite scripture is Psalms 51.10 “Create in me a clean heart “O” God and renew a right spirit in me.” To God Be the Glory!
Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to:
sraglin@outlook.com, Reverend Stephanie M. Raglin

See Asbury Theological Seminary Official Announcement




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: 

BishopFCJ@aol.com or BISHOPFREDCJAMES@aol.com

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.

See article: https://www.lsu.edu/academicaffairs/ccell/files/ce_research_scholars_application_2020.pdf

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: spidermh7@yahoo.com (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: JMACAME@aol.com


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
Emails: dbruce@gunster.com  or  brucegs@bellsouth.net

2020 Bishop’s Award Presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe2FUwO3Xng

*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)

Email: eighthdistamec@aol.com

Or to: bishopjulius129@aol.com


*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: WEasleyjr@aol.com.
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 Director/Consultant Social Action Commission, Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestone reached.