May 2020 

Congratulatory Announcements

 

*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.

https://www.dailybulletin.com/2020/05/07/coronavirus-whos-on-l-a-countys-reopening-task-force-the-initial-names-are-in/?fbclid=IwAR1Hk3moSHGZRHDuJSPBO6hlWOAc4CsWDCcqZ9BKVXMV2qVTE-DY-4h8bMQ

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: 
stjosephsamec@stjamec.org, St. Joseph AME Church, Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. AMaster of Divinity Degree Recipient 

 


*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
https://www.paynechapelamec.com
 
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.

 

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