April 2020

Congratulatory Announcements

***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: 



**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.