September 2019


*Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Randolph Martin and Consultant Charolett Martin, newly Elected First Vice President, Women’s Missionary Society, African Methodist Episcopal Church, to Celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, August 31, 2019 and Five Years of Christian Leadership of the Hot Springs/Arkadelphia District, 12th Episcopal District AME Church



*Dr. & Mrs. Herman O. Kelly, Jr.Journey Of 35 Years Of Ministry, Partnership, And Service

On September 1, 1984 Herman O. Kelly, Jr. And Linda Marie Simon were joined together in holy matrimony at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Leroy Attles And Dr. Donald Tucker were the officiating Clergy for the ceremony. While attending Boston University School Of Theology as a Seminary Student, Herman Kelly met a tall, beautiful and engaging lady from St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Linda Simon was introduced to Herman Kelly by Former Seminary Colleague JoAnn Browning. One day, Seminary Student, JoAnn Browning asked “ if I wanted to meet a wonderful young lady? “ My response, “ I am not sure, but I will meet her.” The meeting ended up being a Journey Of 35 Years Of Ministry, Partnership, And Service. Linda is a native of Eunice, Louisiana and Herman is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, yet they met in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Journey led the couple to Springfield, Massachusetts, as Dr. Kelly served as administrative assistant at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, They moved to Newport, Rhode Island first appointment, Mt. Zion, then Meridian, Mississippi to serve St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Friendship African Methodist Episcopal Church Clarksdale, Mississippi, While In Clarksdale Mrs. Kelly served as Dean Of Vocational Education At Coahoma Community College Later, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Sister Linda M. Kelly are proud parents of Herman Osby Kelly, III, Washington DC Police Officer, Tiffany Marie Kelly, Data Scientists Brooklyn,New York. Mrs. Linda Marie Kelly is a Project Manager for Fast Start In The Louisiana Economic Development State Of Louisiana. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Serves as Pastor Of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church And Adjunct Faculty Louisiana State University And River Parishes Community College.

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*Fifteen-year-old Alyssa Watson is a homeschool student attending Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa, Florida. She will graduate in May 2020 with her high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree. This past Summer, Alyssa was accepted into the FBI Youth Academy at Miami Dade College. Throughout the week, she received hands-on training in some of the tasks that agents-in-training must complete including training in realistic VR simulations with air-loaded guns, self-defense, and mock crime scene investigation. Subject matter over the course of the week included, human trafficking, drug trafficking, drug abuse, crimes against children, and cybercrime. Alyssa is currently working with some of the students, teachers, and retired agents at the academy in running community outreach activities that bring awareness to drug abuse and mass shootings. Alyssa also serves as a Student Ambassador in EFSC’s Student Government Association. Alyssa is a member of Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cocoa, FL, where her very proud parents, the Reverends Odell D. and Lateria Watson serve as pastors. (The Reverend Milton Broomfield, Presiding Elder).

Congratulatory emails can be sent to:
The Reverends Odell D. & Lateria Watson




Ms. Nakima Rector was chosen to represent Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) in London, England to study abroad with the Board International Curriculum Program.  Her study of focus is creative writing, media and communications.
Also, at Florida State University, Nakima is the Alumni Affairs Chair for the Black Student Union Executive Board and Secretary for the Black Student Union Cabinet. She is a member of the BSU cabinet administration for 2019-2020 and the PR & Marketing Chair for the Black Student Union Executive Board
Nakima is also the Marketing Director for FSU’s Homecoming Council and Assistant Programming Director for the FSU Homecoming Council and a Seminole Torchbearer Member. She is entering her senior year, and she has maintained a 3.5 GPA during her tenure at FSU.
Nakima is a member of Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Oakland, FL, where her grandparents, the Reverends Joseph L. and Lamarda F. Brooks, serve as pastors. (The Reverend Valarie J. Walker, Presiding Elder)

Congratulatory emails can be sent to:
The Reverends Joseph L. and Lamarda F. Brooks


Eight-year-old Gibran Rawlings the Lord and loves Karate. After just 2 years of participation, he has earned his red/brown belt in Karate. He is a member of TEAM INTENSITY which is the top club at his school. Since last year, he’s competed in approximately 6 tournaments throughout the State of Florida; and has earned six 1st place individual medals, three 2nd place individual medals, two 3rd place medals, and one 2nd place team sync medal in the collective areas of extreme open forms, single Bo-Staff, double Bo-Staff, and Sparring. Gibran competed at the 2019 US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championship where he earned 1st place with his team in their team demo and 3rd place with one of his teammates in their team sync demo. Because his team were grand champions, they were featured at the night of victory at this international event. Gibran’s goal is to achieve his black belt in Karate while continuing to excel academically. Gibran is a member of Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church (East Campus), Orlando, FL, where the Reverend Terence R. Gray, I, serves as the Senior Pastor. The Reverend Jeff A. Beason serves as the East Campus Pastor. (The Reverend Henry L. Postell, II, Presiding Elder). Gibran is the son of Dr. Pameil Rawlings, PharmD, a Licentiate at the East Campus.

Congratulatory emails can be sent to:
Dr. Pameil Shaw Rawlings, PharmD




*Fourteen-year-old Jacob Cuthbert, III was selectd by the National Boy Scouts of America to be in the inaugural class of the National Historian Summit at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM from June 9-14, 2019. After completing the week-long program, Jacob now holds the designation of “Scouting Historian”. He is the first Scout in his Boy Scouts Council (Central Florida Council – BSA) and the first Black Scout in America to hold such a designation. Jacob is a Life ranked Scout and serves as the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) for his Boy Scout Troop – Troop 263 (Lake Mary, FL). He also serves as editor of his Troop’s newsletter, News 263. Jacob is also very active in his local YPD. He will be entering 8th grade at Sanford Middle School, Sanford, FL in the fall. Jacob is a member of Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, Orlando, FL, where the Reverend Terence R. Gray, I, serves as the Senior Pastor. (The Reverend Henry L. Postell, II, Presiding Elder). Jacob is the son of the Reverend Dr. Missiouri McPhee, Minister of Worship at Saint Mark, Orlando; Dean of the Board of Examiners & Assistant Conference Secretary (Central Annual Conference); Secretary of the Board of Christian Education (11th Episcopal District); and Connectional Secretary for the Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES).

Congratulatory emails can be sent to:
The Reverend Dr. Missiouri McPhee



*Presiding Elder and Mrs. Alexander Gatson,  North Nashville District, Tennessee Conference Celebrates 40th Wedding Anniversary 

Congratulations to Rev. Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson; Presiding Elder and First Lady of the North District, Tennessee Conference who will celebrate 40 years of marriage on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

They were joined in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, September 1, 1979, at Sightseeing Rd Chapel in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Reverend and Mrs. Gatson have traveled together both domestically and internationally with the United States Army. In addition, they have served in ministry in the 9th, 10th, and currently serve in the 13th Episcopal District.

Together, they share and enjoy their daughter, Dr. Alexis Gatson Heaston (Marlon) and one granddaughter, Alexandria Heaston. We Praise and Thank God for His continued blessings on their marriage.


Congratulatory messages can be sent to:
Rev. Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson