Congratulatory Announcements 

July 2022


*Bishop Phillip and Supervisor Cousin were both awarded the AmeriCorps President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House 

Bishop Phillip and Episcopal Supervisor Dr. M. Joan Cousin were each awarded the AmeriCorps President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award. This special recognition from the White House is given to persons with over 4,000 or more hours of community service verified by a sponsoring organization. Bishop and Supervisor Cousin have a distinguished record of working with faith-based and community organizations during their active ministry and their retirement.

Congratulatory messages can be sent to:

Bishop Phillip and Episcopal Supervisor Dr. M. Joan Cousin:



*Episcopal Supervisor Retired Dr. M. Joan Cousin Celebrates Her 90th Birthday

Dr. M. Joan Cousin has dedicated her time and talent to a crusade against HIV and AIDS. She has successfully established centers impacting this critical health area around the world. She was cited by President Bush for AIDS Education and the Center for Disease Control and the Congressional Records of the United States for her consistent commitment to HIV/AIDS education.

As the spouse of African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Philip R. Cousin, she has remained methodical in programmatic efforts to empower lives.

Her desire for women to tell their life experiences for future generations inspired the book, How I Got Over, edited by Dr. Bettye J. Allen and Dr. Trevy A. McDonald, is a collection of stories that are testimonies of faith, hope, courage, and love.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Board Member of the Balm in Gilead, National Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and Life Member of the NAACP.

She is the 2012 Recipient of the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award and of the 2022 AmeriCorps President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award received from the Whitehouse for over 4,000 or more hours of community service.

She and her husband are the proud parents of five sons who are pastors in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philip, Jr., Steven, David, Michael, and Joseph. They have 2 granddaughters, twelve grandsons and a host of great grands.

Happy Birthday wishes can be forwarded to:



*The Reverend Carolyn C. Cavaness has been selected as one of City & State's PA Forty Under 40

Rev. Carolyn C. Cavaness, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ardmore, Pennsylvania is honored to have been selected on @cityandstatepa's PA Forty Under 40 List.

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Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to:


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