Congratulatory Announcements

June 2021

*46th Year Pastoral Celebration in honor of Presiding Elder Thomas L. Bess, Sr., Member of the Judicial Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Atlanta East District, Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference will be hosting a 46th Year Pastoral Celebration in honor of Presiding Elder Thomas L. Bess, Sr.  on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Antioch AME Church, 765 South Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA. It will be an evening of celebration and fellowship through worship which will include special presentations of gifts from ministries, family and friends, greetings, and salutations from invited guests.

CDC guidelines will be followed, and mask worn at this event.  Live stream options will also be available.

A souvenir booklet will be published to commemorate this momentous occasion. Click the link below for the souvenir booklet information.

https://www.atlantaeastdistrict-ame.org/celebrating-46-years-in-ministry

For more information, please feel free to contact Rev. Vandy C. Simmons, Host Pastor @ 404-680-3626, or Rev. Garland Higgings at 860-916-7298.

Presiding Elder Dr. Thomas L. Bess, Sr. Bio

THE REVEREND DR. THOMAS L. BESS, SR. has been in the pastoral ministry for more than 46 years. He began his pastorate at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Macon, GA in 1982. In 1988, he was appointed as Senior Pastor of St. Phillip's Monumental Church in Savannah, GA. In 1991, he was appointed as Senior Pastor at Flipper Temple A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, GA. In 1997, he received an appointment to St. Paul A.M.E. Church where he served until May 2013 when he was assigned to the Awesome Allen Temple. In addition to his service as pastor, Dr. Bess also served as an Adjunct Professor of A.M.E. Polity at Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center from 1994 to 2013.  He also served as a Chief Chaplain at Coastal State Prison in Savannah, GA, as well as, Clinical Chaplain at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA. Dr. Bess was appointed Dean of the Board of Examiners and Treasurer for the Sixth Episcopal District which he served honorably.

As a staunch supporter of education, Dr. Bess obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Valley State University; his Master of Divinity from Turner Theological Seminary (ITC); his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary; and matriculated for a year at John Marshall Law School. Dr. Bess is author of The Funeral and co-author of “When Black Folks Die.”

His greatest gift of service is his ability to shepherd others in their calling to the pastoral ministry. He has many sons and daughters in ministry who have been appointed as Senior Pastors throughout the A.M.E. denomination. He has been a vital resource to many pastors across denominational lines. 


His professional organization memberships include a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Board of Trustee member of Turner Theological Seminary, and Board of Trustee member of the Interdenominational Theological Center. Dr. Thomas L. Bess is also a member of the Judicial Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as the Chaplain.

Dr. Bess has been happily married to Dr. Gretchen Bess for over 40 years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Stephen and Thomas, Jr. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their granddaughter Mia. 


In all his accomplishments and accolades, Dr. Bess continues to hold fast to Isaiah 40:31, "...those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength...They shall mount up with wings like eagles...They shall run and not be weary...They shall walk and not faint."

Congratulatory expressions can be sent to:

Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Bess, Sr., Presiding Elder

P.O. Box 1205, 3435 Roosevelt Hwy

Red Oak, GA 30272

Email: BlessBess46@gmail.com

www.Atlantaeastdistrict-ame.org


 

*Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Celebration - The Reverend and Mrs. Ronald A. Boykin

Congratulations to Reverend Ronald A. Boykin and Mrs. Helen A. Boykin who will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The couple were wed in Washington, DC and have celebrated five decades of joy in ministry.  The Reverend Ronald A. Boykin is the distinguished pastor of the historic Seaton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lanham, Maryland and Sister Helen A. Boykin is the charming and gracious First Lady.

A special drive-by parade celebration in honor of this Golden Anniversary will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 2:00 pm at Seaton Memorial A.M.E. Church.

There will be time during the parade for everyone to briefly greet the celebrating couple while remaining socially distant. 

Congratulatory messages can be sent to: 

Rev. and Mrs. Ronald Boykin 

14521 Penderlea Court 

Gainesville, VA 20155 

RevBoykin@aol.com

 


 

*The Reverend Bruce Points, Sr. Pastor of Zion A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Proudly Announces the Graduation of Their Granddaughter, Darien Branche


The Reverend Bruce D. Points, Sr and Mrs. Cassandra Points proudly announce the graduation of their granddaughter Darien Branche from Howard University in Washington D.C. on May 7, 2021.  She received a bachelors degree in Bioethics, cum laude.  Rev. Points is the pastor of Zion A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, PA. 

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:

 prp804zion@gmail.com

pastorpoints@aol.com

 


 

*Two Tennessee Conference PK'S  selected to participate in The Higher Education Leadership Foundation Institute.

Congratulations to Dr. Alexis Gatson Heaston, who has been selected to participate in The Higher Education Leadership Foundation Institute.

The Higher Education Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce the Lambda and Mu cohorts for the 2021 Inspire Institute that will take place June 3-6th, 2021 on the campus of @wileycollege1873.  These 44 Scholars, Practitioners, and Administrators make up the 11th and 12th cohort and were selected for participation in this 4-day leadership institute.

For more information click the link in the bio or visit www.heleaders.org.

Dr. Heaston, a member of Payne Chapel AME Nashville, TN under the leadership of Dr. W.A. Sinkifield, is the Daughter of Presiding Elder, Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson of the North District, Tennessee Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District.

Congratulatory responses can be sent to: alexisgatson08@gmail.com


Congratulations to Dr. Jeffery Wayne Norfleet II. who has been selected to participate in The Higher Education Leadership Foundation Institute.

The Higher Education Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce the Lambda and Mu cohorts for the 2021 Inspire Institute that will take place June 3-6th, 2021 on the campus of @wileycollege1873.  These 44 Scholars, Practitioners, and Administrators make up the 11th and 12th cohort and were selected for participation in this 4-day leadership institute.

For more information click the link in the bio or visit www.heleaders.org.

 Dr. Norfleet is a General Board Member and the 1st Vice President of the Tennessee Conference Lay Organization. Jeffery is a member of Saint Paul AME Church Oakwood, Tennessee where his father Reverend Jeffery W. Norfleet, Sr serves as pastor and his mother Mrs. Cathy Norfleet is the first lady.

Congratulatory responses can be sent to: Jeffery.Norfleet@gmail.com

 


 

Introducing The Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by IndyClass of 2021, Tiffany Marie Kelly

Tiffany Marie Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Linda Marie Kelly, Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana was selected to participate in the Techstars Sports Acclerator Class of 2021 Indy Class. Her company Curastory based out of Brooklyn, New York allows creators to shoot and edit high quality video, monetize shows, and distribute to all of their video channels, 100 percent free.
 
This mentorship with startups is a 13-week mentorship-driven accelerator program, culminating with a Demo Day on September 2nd, where they will showcase their progress in front of an expected audience of over 500 investors from around the world. Techstars only accept 3 percent of applicants each year.
 
Tiffany Kelly is an honor graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida in 2016, where she received the highest award, The Wayne Huizenga Award for the best technology and scholarship presentation thesis for a graduating senior in 2016. The award is named after Mr. Huizenga, who was the former owner of the Miami Dolphins. She is a former Analytics Associate at ESPN where she was the first minority women of color hired on the team. 

Congratulatory messages can be sent to:  spidermh7@yahoo.com

 


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