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).


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:
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
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


*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.