Congratulatory Announcements  

      August 2021  


 *The North Little Rock/Fort Smith District of the 12th Episcopal District, presents An Evening of Elegance for Presiding Elder Mary V. Williams and Brother EDWARD WILLIAMS, District Consultant

The North Little Rock/Fort Smith District of the 12th Episcopal District, AME Church is celebrating the retirement of Presiding Elder Mary V. Williams and Brother EDWARD WILLIAMS, District consultant with “An Evening of Elegance.”  A virtual celebration will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 5:00 pm where we will highlight Presiding Elder Williams’ 25 years of dedicated service in the ministry.  During her tenure, she made history in 2014 when she was appointed as the first female AMEC Presiding Elder in Arkansas.
The Anniversary Committee, PE Mary Williams Retirement Committee, Reverend Tyrone Broomfield, Chair, is compiling a Retirement Souvenir Journal of congratulatory messages. 

Tickets for the event are available online, visit:
Advertisement retirement submission guidelines and other species can be obtained from the Office of the Twelfth Episcopal District, Email -,, Mrs. Anita Brannon, 12th District Administrator.



*Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott Named Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer


Mary Baldwin University announced today that Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott has been named chief diversity officer (CDO), an inaugural executive staff position. 

As CDO, Cornett-Scott will build upon her 25 years of experience in diversity strategies, inclusive programming, and student-centered mentorship at Mary Baldwin to provide strategic vision to develop and implement proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at MBU and most effectively foster a community of awareness, belonging, and respect.

Cornett-Scott will expand DEI efforts and resources across the enterprise in her new role at the executive level, reporting directly to President Pamela R. Fox.

Fox announced the CDO role as part of the university’s ongoing work to infuse DEI principles into all aspects of its operations — including policies, programs, services, and activities — and most effectively empower students to become inclusive leaders in their personal and professional lives.

“Rev. Cornett-Scott has been essential to building the diverse and inclusive community at Mary Baldwin over the course of her extraordinary 25-year tenure,” said Fox. “A strong and proven leader of inclusive excellence, she will bring both experience and inspiration to the inaugural position of chief diversity officer, as well as a keen sense of compassion for our students and their individual lived experiences.”

Cornett-Scott will work with the entire campus community as well as the broader regional community, and will leverage her decades-long experience bolstering and collaborating with Mary Baldwin’s diverse student body, which now comprises more than 50% representation of people of color and is represented by diversity in gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic class.

Collaborating with university stakeholders, she will assess the need for training initiatives on cultural competency, racial sensitivity, gender equity, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of DEI values.

"I am thrilled to have forged much of my life’s work at Mary Baldwin University creating programming that prepares students to serve in a diverse world," Cornett-Scott said. "I am looking forward to working closely with the executive staff, the Coalition for Racial and Social Justice, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the broader Staunton community to grapple with complex issues and to lead an intentional effort to sustain an environment that fosters greater inclusive excellence."

Since she joined Mary Baldwin in 1996 as director of African American affairs, Cornett-Scott has impacted the lives of hundreds of students through her work as an advisor and her leadership in MBU’s Office of Inclusive Excellence, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the upcoming academic year.

Also a member of the philosophy and religion department, Cornett-Scott taught the courses  African American Religion and Community and Practice, both of which support the African American studies minor, as well as Faith, Life, and Service and Community Service.

In 2000, Rev. Cornett-Scott planted Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in downtown Staunton, where she continues to serve as pastor. She has also served as the dean for the AME Virginia Annual Conference Board of Examiners for many years, and last year was appointed as the dean of the Second Episcopal District Board of Examiners.

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*Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness Elected Vice Chair of Ward One Democrats Executive Board for the District of Columbia

Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness currently serves as the Committeewoman for Ward One with the DC Democratic State Party. Dr. Holness is Lawyer, Author and Senior Pastor of Adams Inspirational African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Ft. Washington, Maryland, and she has served as the Director, Faith Based Outreach for the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. She has degrees from Clark Atlanta University (B.A.); Howard University School of Law (J.D.); Howard University School of Divinity (D. Min); St. Mary’s Ecumenical Seminary & University (M.T.S.). She is the immediate past President of the DC Democratic Women’s Club, appointed by DC Mayor to serve on the Mayor’s Interfaith Council and the D. C. Commission for Women. On the historic night of November 4, 2008, she was elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Single Member District ANC 1B11 and re-elected three terms. She was also elected Chair of ANC 1B. Dr. Holness is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. nominated to the be a Peoples Health Champion for special achievements after 65 Years old

Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was nominated to the be a Peoples Health Champion for special achievements after 65 Years old. He will be recognized at a New Saints Football Game and his journey will be presented in Video to the audience. Dr. Kelly is a member Southern Masters Swimming Program at Crawfish Aquatic Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and presently he is Seven-time State Champion in Louisiana in his age group. He training for the Louisiana State Olympics and has already qualified for the National Senior Olympics in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He former member of the legendary Morehouse Tigersharks Swimming team, and upon graduation received The Forbes Prize for athlete with highest academic grade point average. Dr. Kelly organized the James Haines Swimming Ministry in honor of his Coach and mentor from Morehouse College. He also a graduate of Springfield College, where he was graduate assistant and taught an Olympic Wrestler to swim. Dr. Kelly was a King and Bethune scholar at Boston University School of Theology. He also graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry. He is adjunct Instructor at Louisiana State University in African American Studies Department and School of Education. He is married to the former Linda M. Kelly of Eunice, Louisiana and the father of Herman III DC Metropolitan Police and Tiffany Marie CEO of Curastory and data scientist.

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and  Mrs. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestones reached.