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.
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.

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



*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


*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
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.
(214) 240-1236 (mobile)