The Reverend Calvin Griffin, Sr. and Sis. Dorise G. Griffin, will celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary, July 23, 2011. Rev. Calvin Griffin, Sr. and Sis. Dorise G. Griffin were married on July 23, 1966 in Panama City, Florida. They are blessed with two children and three grandchildren. Rev. Griffin is the pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Blountstown, Florida. Rev. Mary W. Robinson is the Presiding Elder. The Right Rev. McKinley Young, is the Presiding Bishop of the Eleventh Episcopal District.

 
The Rev. Dorothy Millicent Morris of Georgetown, Guyana, South America celebrated her 99th birthday on July 21, 2011. She is the first female Presiding Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot appointed her Presiding Elder in 1973. Rev. Morris is still able to attend her local church, St. Peter's A.M.E Church occasionally. Anyone moved to lift her spirits by sending a greeting or a gift, may send it to her at: 152 E1/2 Duncan Street, Georgetown, Guyana. Telephone: 011 592 226 6625.
 
Proudly announcing the arrival of Little Damon Blakely, Jr., newborn son of Rev. & Mrs. Damon Blakeley, Sr., first family of St. James AME Church-Fort Worth, Texas. Little Damon's sisters are beaming over their new brother.He arrived July 19th at 8:16 A.M. weighing seven pounds and nine ounces. He is 19 inches long. He is very healthy and a replica of his father. Sis. Blakeley is resting well.
 
Presiding Elder J.E. Taylor will celebrate his 70th birthday, July 29, 2011. He presides over the West Savannah District, Georgia Annual Conference of the Sixth Episcopal District. His spouse is Sister Shirley V. Taylor, President of the Sixth Episcopal District Ministers' Spouses, Widows/Widowers Organization, Plus PKs. The Right Rev. William P. DeVeaux is the Presiding Bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District and Dr. Pam Deveaux is the Episcopal Supervisor.
 
Jahbrielle Henning-Rayford, the daughter of Helaine A. Henning and Howard James Rayford, graduated from Crenshaw Gifted Magnet High School in June. She is the granddaughter of Bishop C. Garnett Henning and Supervisor Ernestine Lee Henning. She was the editor of the Yearbook, a member of the Student Government, participated in Toast Master International and a member of Amazing Grace Conservatory, studying in theatrical arts under Wendy Raquel Robinson. She is attending Howard University majoring in Radio, Television and film with a concentration in Television Production.
 
A pre-appreciation service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011, for Rev. J. W. Tisdale. This man of God is being honored for his unwavering spirit and commitment to preaching, teaching and ministering the Gospel to all of humankind. The event will be held at St. Phillip AME Church located at 8 Phillip Road, Monticello, Florida from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
 
Jeremy Austin Saffore, son of Rev. Linda Brown-Saffore (Associate Minister, Lee Chapel AME Church, Nashville, TN), and Horace Saffore, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Saturday, August 13, 2011, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
 
Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, Historiographer/Executive Director, Department of Research and Scholarship AME Church and Mrs. Mary Eubanks Dickerson, proudly announces the marriage of their daughter, Christina Marie to Steven Anthony Cousin, Jr. on Saturday, the Third of September, Two Thousand and Eleven at Four o’clock in the afternoon at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church, Nashville, Tennessee.

The Reverend Dr. George Moore, Sr. (retired pastor, Saint Philip A.M.E. Church) & Mrs. Nettie Moore, proudly announces the marriage of their daughter L'Tanya Monnyeen Moore to Kerwin Craig Copeland on Saturday, the Tenth of September, Two Thousand and Eleven, Twelve o'clock Noon at Saint Philip A.M.E. Church, Atlanta, Georgia.
  
 The Revs. Faith Mundi Simfukwe & Paul Muwemba Mugala, Sr., Pastor of the newly established Shalom Tabernacle AME Church in Lusaka, Zambia, proudly announces the marriage of their oldest & twin daughter, Elizabeth Chiwanza Mugala to Flavious DaCosta on Saturday, the Sixth of August, Two Thousand and Eleven at Four o'clock in the afternoon at the AME Church National Cathedral, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Washington D.C.
 
We congratulate Trenton R. Cokley and Howard University's Afro Blue for being selected as contestants for season three of the NBC "voice only" competition, The "Sing Off". The show premiers on Monday, September 19, 2011, NBC, 8 PM (eastern time). The "Sing-Off" features 16 of the country's best a cappella groups performing popular songs. They will be competing for a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000. Trenton is a 2011 graduate of Howard University and has been singing with the Jazz/Pop a capella ensemble since 2009. He is the youngest son of Rev. Timothy and Mrs. Cynthia M. Cokley of Columbia, South Carolina. Rev. Cokley is the pastor of Allen Chapel AMEC, Lancaster District, Sumter, South Carolina, Seventh Episcopal District. "
 
The Revs. Margaretta Smith and Darryl Narcisse pastor's of The Historic Saint Paul AME Church in Independence, Missouri, joyfully announce the 55th Wedding Anniversary of their parents Captain (Ret.) Morris Jacob and Mrs. Freddye Mae Smith. Mrs. Freddye Smith is the former Conference WMS President of the (former) Northwest Missouri Annual Conference.
 
Congratulations to Attorney Derek E. Bruce who was elected Chair, Redistricting Committee for Orange County, FL. The committee was charged with reapportionment; change the way voting districts are delineated by addressing under representation and over representation. Historically, the process comes as the result of the Baker v. Carr case argued April, 1991 and was decided March 26, 1962. It was a landmark United States Supreme Court case. Attorney Bruce is Principal, Edge Public Affairs, Orlando, FL. His parents are the late Presiding Elder Y. B. Bruce and Ms. Gloria S. Bruce, Commissioner, Central Conference Debutante-Master Commission of the Eleventh Episcopal District.
 
 Congratulations to the Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter, Senior Pastor of Saint James AME Church Newark, New Jersey and First Lady Kyla Trinette Slaughter on the birth of their 3rd child and first son, Ronald Levant Slaughter II. He was born October 13, 2011 at 11:19am weighing 7.7lbs and 19 inches long. He becomes the first baby born to a pastoral family at Saint James Church in over 75 plus years. The Slaughters truly appreciate all of your prayers and well wishes.
 
Congratulations to Dr. Daryl Ingram, Executive Director, Department of Christian Education and Mrs. Patricia Ingram, Senior Administrator, Department of Christian Education. They are the proud grandparents of Mason Dewayne Thigpen; Morgan Kelley Thigpen's little brother (Parents, Dewayne and DeNee Thigpen). Born on 10/14/11, he weighed 5 1/2 lbs and 19-1/8 inches long.
 
 Mrs. Jacqueline Dupont Walker is the Vice-President of the Churches Uniting In Christ (CUIC), which works to heal divisions of racism in church and society Bishop John White, Ecumenical & Urban Affairs Officer and Endorsing Agent for the African Methodist Episcopal Church announces that Sister Jacqueline DuPont Walker, a lay member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is the vice-president of CUIC. Mrs. Jacqueline Dupont Walker is the Consultant / Director of the Social Action Commission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Churches Uniting In Christ (CUIC) strives to heal divisions of racism in church and society. Member communions in CUIC are the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church, the International Council of Community Churches, the Moravian Church (Northern Province), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has also participated in CUIC as a "partner in mission and ministry."
 
  Reverend Rosalyn K. Brookins, (supervisor ret., receives appointment as pastor of Walker Temple AME Church in Los Angeles, California. Reverend Brookins is the first Episcopal Supervisor to be assigned as Pastor of any congregation. Bishop H.H. Brookins is now a retired Bishop, as well as the first gentleman of Walker Temple AME Church in Los Angeles. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church made the historic appointment at the 5th Episcopal District Planning Meeting. "What a mighty God we serve!"  
 
Valerie Sheares Ashby, Ph.D., the daughter of Shirley J. Sheares, immediate past WMS Connectional Chair of Life Members and the late Reverend James Sheares, former presiding elder and pastor in the Western North Carolina Conference, 2nd Episcopal District, was named Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Michael T. Crimmins, Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in making the announcement stated "I am pleased to announce that Valerie Ashby has agreed to assume the role of Chair of the Department of Chemistry effective July 1, 2012. 

The Family of Mrs. Florence C. Hall will celebrate her 90 years of Life and the Legendary Return of her one woman Show "An Evening With Florence" on Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 2PM at Bethel AME Church in Kansas City Missouri. Family and Friends will gather to fete this highly celebrated actress, mother, businesswoman and former first lady, for her 90th Birthday on 11/12/11 @ 2PM. Bethel AME Church is located at 2329 Flora Avenue Kansas City Missouri. Mrs. Hall will return to the stage on Saturday November 12, 2011 at 2pm for dramatic recitations and monologues.
 
The Rev. Edward Johnson, Jr., Pastor of Flat Rock A.M.E. Church, Fayetteville, Georgia, has been elected the 1st African American Councilman of Fayetteville, Georgia. Flat Rock A.M.E. Church founded in 1854 is the oldest African American Church in Fayette County. 
 
 Congratulations to Oprah Scholar Reginald Cleaver Jr., Morehouse College Class of '09, Immediate Past President of the Connectional Young People’s Division (WMS) In 1989, when Oprah Winfrey started a scholarship fund at Morehouse College, the all-male, historically black school in Atlanta, her goal was to help a few young men earn their degree. Little did she know she was setting off a chain reaction of giving that continues today. As an Oprah Scholar, Cleaver traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to help with AIDS education efforts. He plans to obtain a doctorate in ministry, with an emphasis on community outreach in impoverished neighborhoods. "Because Oprah invested in me," he explains, "I became an advocate for other young men." Fund-Raising Efforts: As president of the Young People's Division of the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 2007 to 2011, he led fund-raisers that yielded more than $50,000 for earthquake relief in Haiti and more than $25,000 for scholarships around the world.
 
The Reverend Charlin Lesch Legolie married Ms. Chrystal Hess at the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Touws River, South Africa, Fifteenth Episcopal District. Reverend Charlin Legolie is the son of the Reverend William C. Legolie, II and grandson of the Late Reverend Wesley Andrew David Legolie and great-grandson of the Late Reverend, Presiding Elder William Charles Legolie. The Right Reverend E. Earl McCloud, Jr., Presiding Prelate of the Fifteenth Episcopal District preached at the wedding ceremony and the Reverend William C. Legolie, II and the Reverend Leslie Scott administered the vows. The Rev. Charlin L. Legolie is the newly appointed pastor of St John African Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
The Rev. Wm. Jermaine & Mrs. Crystal Cuby Richardson and their daughter, Kennedy, announce the birth of their newest family member, Zoe Isabella Ade' Richardson. She entered the world on Wednesday, 30 November 2011, weighing in at 6 lbs 9 oz and measuring 18 inches. Mother and daughter are doing well; dad and big sis are yet holding on. Rev. Richardson is a recent graduate of Turner Theological Seminary at the ITC, and is the pastor of St. Paul AME Church of Taylorville, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Reverend Robert Edward Keesee, class of '65, Presiding Elder, North Nashville District, Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District and the Reverend George L. Byrd, class of '51, Retired Minister, East Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District were honored as Distinguished Alumni of the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. The event was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 in the chapel of the American Baptist College. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Vice President of Academic Affairs, presided at the service and Reverend Robert E. Keesee was the preacher.
 
Reverend Willie V. and Mrs. Mondella Woods, pastor and first lady of New Tyler AME Church, Memphis, Tennessee will be blessed to celebrate 40 years of marriage on Sunday, December 4, 2011. They will celebrate during a family dinner at the Woods' home in Cordova, Tennessee.
  
Former Presiding Elder Barrington S. Lawrence and his wife Winifee P.A. Charles-Lawrence of the 16th Episcopal District, Jamaica Conference will celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary on December 20, 2011. Mrs. Winifee P.A. Charles-Lawrence is the Immediate Past President of the16th Episcopal District Women's Missionary Society (WMS).
 
 The Connectional Lay Organization Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Starr Battle graduated Saturday, December 10th with a Master of Arts degree in history from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. Her thesis was 'Lest we forget: The history of Kittrell College, 1886-1976'. She is the daughter of the Rev. Milton and Doris Battle of Clover Garden AME Church in Burlington, North Carolina (2nd Episcopal District).
   
Bro. Ainsley M. Byfield and Presiding Elder Anne Henning Byfield, North District, Indiana Annual Conference of the 4th Episcopal District, will celebrate their 35th Wedding Anniversary on December 24, 2011, Christmas Eve, in Indianapolis, IN.
  
We praise God for the Happy, Healthy Birth of Massiah Garnett Love Spragin, Born December 25, 2011, at 11:37 p.m. pacific standard time, to Carma Henning-Spragin and Ronald Spragin. The proud Grandparents are Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Sr. and Supervisor Ernestine Lee Henning, The Third Episcopal District of The African Methodist Episcopal Church. The healthy baby boy and his lovely mother are doing just fine. We solicit your prayers for the entire family on this special blessed event.
 
Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram the Presiding Prelate of the 10th Episcopal District will celebrate his 65th birthday on Friday, January 6, 2012.  Cards and expressions may be sent to: Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram @ P.O. Box 700997, Dallas, TX 75370. 
 
Retired U.S. Navy Chaplain Carroll R. Chambliss and Mrs. Christene H. Chambliss, former North America Area President of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women and former WMS Connectional Officer, celebrated their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary, Monday, January 2, 2012. Their Message, "Sixty-nine years and still in love."
 
The Reverend Lillian Frey completed her Master of Art degree program in Education Curriculum Designs from the University of Phoenix on December 19, 2011. She will march during the Spring 2012 commencement exercises. The Reverend Lillian Frey, a member of the West Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District, is the spouse of the Reverend Nathan Frey, Pastor of Allen Bethel AME Church, Lewisburg, Tennessee.
 
Basketball star Ronal Nored Named Lowe's Senior Class Award Finalist for 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award - OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Butler senior co-captain Ronald Nored (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) has been announced as one of ten finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Nored, who ranks third on Butler's all-time list for steals, is one of two current Butler players to have played in both the 2010 and 2011 Final Fours. The Homewood, Ala. native currently stands fifth on Butler's all-time assist chart (407) and is just the fifth player in school history to record 400 career assists. Nored is an Early/Middle Childhood Education major and is currently student teaching in the Indianapolis area. Alongside student teaching, Nored has been involved in community service both on and off the Butler campus. Ronald is the son of the late Reverend Ronald E. Nored, Sr, and Linda Williams Nored, Esq. The Reverend Nored pastored Bethel AME Church in Ensley, Alabama until his death in 2003.

The Reverend Michael W. and Attorney Yulise Reaves Waters, founder and Senior Pastor and First Lady of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, are proud to announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, Liberty Grace Waters, born Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 3:19pm measuring 18.75 inches and weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces. She joins big brother, Michael Jeremiah, 5, and big sister, Hope Yulise, Both mother and child are well! 

The Reverend Kenneth J. and Mrs. Dianna B. Golphin celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday, January 30, 2012. They were married January 30, 1982 by the groom's father, the Reverend W. Cortez Golphin in Decatur, Georgia. Mrs. Marla Mustipher (deceased) was Matron of Honor, and Mr. Raymond Walker Jr. (deceased) was Best Man. To this union have come four children: Chastity, Kendra, Chauncey, and James. Mrs. Golphin currently serves as Academic Advisor at Bluegrass Community College in Lexington, Kentucky, and Rev. Golphin currently serves proudly as pastor of Asbury Chapel AME Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Retired Presiding Elder Raymond G. Heastie will celebrate his 80th birthday on 2/10/12 at a birthday party, which will be held at the Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church, Fayson/Mitchell Multipurpose Center in Riviera Beach, Florida where the Rev. Hudson Williamson is the Pastor. The celebration event is from 8:00 pm until 10: pm. Rev. Heastie retired in 2007 from the Wonderful North District of the South Conference under the leadership of Presiding Bishop McKinley Young and Supervisor Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young of the Eleventh Episcopal District. This District is now under the leadership of Presiding Elder and Mrs. (Magdalene) Vincent Mitchell, now named the Noble North District. Elder Heastie has been married to Sister Doris Heastie, his college classmate from Bethune Cookman College for the last 57 years. 
 
WLOU 1350 AM Radio Station, Louisville, Kentucky for the month of February, has named the Reverend Geoffrey Ellis Pastor of the Month. The selection was based on the volume of emails sent in to the WLOU station nominating Pastor Ellis by members of the Greater St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church where he serves as pastor. Pastor Ellis also serves on the Boards of Examiners and is the Finance Chair for the West Kentucky Conference. He is the first AME pastor to have received this honor in the years it has been awarded.
 
The Reverend Michael W. Waters, 32, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Black Alumni of Southern Methodist University's (SMU) History Makers' Award presented Friday, February 17, 2012. Rev. Waters, a two-time, cum laude graduate of SMU, is presently completing a doctoral degree at the University. The author of a highly celebrated Huffington Post blog, Rev. Waters has recently appeared in interviews with National Public Radio (NPR) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) concerning his writings. A former student body vice president of SMU and two-time student body president of SMU's Perkins School of Theology.
 
Ms. Charity Battle graduated January 25, 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Medical Science from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Her thesis topic "Comparing and Contrasting Different Treatment Modalities of Sickle Cell Disease." She is the daughter of the Rev. Milton and Doris Battle of Clover Garden AME Church in Burlington, North Carolina (2nd Episcopal District).

Roslyn Thibodeaux Goodall recently retired from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as Director of Community Recruitment Initiatives. A lovely reception was held in her honor at the institution's Faculty Club. During the reception she received a Certificate of Appreciation from State Senator Royce West, for services rendered to the State of Texas. Roslyn is the daughter of Mrs. Melanie J. Thibodeaux and the late Dr. G. H. J. Thibodeaux (8th Episcopal District). She is a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church. She and her husband, Albert, reside in Dallas, TX. Roslyn occupied various managerial positions in Human Resources during her 17-year career with UT Southwestern. Her 35-year career in Human Resources included positions with Sun Oil Company, Mobil Pipeline Company, and Dallas Public Schools.

Ruth LaShonda Tisdale, a first year law student at Wake Forest University School of Law, has been named the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Student of The Year for the academic year, 2011-2012. She was awarded a beautiful plaque and a scholarship for $2,100 at a recent Banquet in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She was selected to serve as the Regional Director of Programming for the BLSA.In October 2011, Ruth won the school-wide Trial Bar Competition, the only African American woman who has been able to accomplish this feat at Wake Forest. In January 2012, she competed in the Regional BLSA Moot Court Competition, held in Birmingham, Alabama. She was the only first year student to represent her school at the competition. Ruth is the youngest daughter of The Reverend Julius W. Tisdale, Pastor of St. Phillips AME Church in Monticello, FL, and The Rev. Sylvia E. Tisdale; Tallahassee District.

The Reverend Kenneth C. Christmon, associate vice chancellor of diversity and multicultural affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in Fort Wayne, was recently honored by Purdue University for having received his third "Acorn Award", which cites the research work of university faculty and staff who yield over $1 million dollars in a given academic year. Kenneth Christmon, joined IPFW in 2006 as the school's first diversity officer. Christmon has advanced the focus and support of student programs to allow students from low-income and first-generation families the opportunity to pursue their academic dreams. In honor of those successes and his success in gaining grant monies, Christmon was given his third Seeds for Success bronze acorn award from Purdue University.   

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, California State Assemblyman Mike Davis presented Mrs. Denise Hunter, First Lady of First African Methodist Episcopal Church Los Angeles, California, with the California Legislature's Women of the Year Award for her consummate professionalism, tireless work ethic and dedication to helping others. LOS ANGELES - April 2, 2012 - Assemblyman Mike Davis selected First Lady Denise Hunter of First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles as the 2012 Woman of the Year from the 48th District. Since 1987, each year in March, the California Legislative Women's Caucus sponsors the program to celebrate Women's History Month. In the FAME Sunday morning worship service, Assemblyman Davis presented Mrs. Hunter with the certificate of recognition for outstanding service and dedication to the people of the State of California.

 Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rev. Maurice Wright II, Pastor of Bethel AME Church Alexandria, Louisiana, Inducted into the Morehouse College Board Of Preacher. Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rev. Maurice Wright II, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Alexandria, Louisiana were both inducted into the Morehouse College Board Of Preacher. The Board of Preachers Induction was held April 12, 2012 at the Martin L. King, Jr. International Chapel on the Campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Persons are inducted for their work in the community and following the principles and mandates that Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. stood for in his ministry.

Mrs. Alreda Postell will celebrate her 101st birthday Sunday, April 22nd. Mrs. Postell is the widow of Presiding Elder A.P. Postell of the 11th Episcopal District and mother of Mrs. Mary Vick and mother-in-law of Pastor Norman Vick of the Virginia annual conference, 2nd Episcopal District. Mrs. Postell is a member of St. Paul AME, Jacksonville, Florida where Reverend Marvin Zanders serves as pastor. Praise God for His blessings.

The Rev. Michael W. Waters, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas, has successfully defended his doctoral project, "Hip Hop Spirituality: Revitalizing African American Urban Church Worship," and will graduate with a Doctor of Ministry degree with Honors in Urban Ministry from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology on May 12, 2012.
 
 Supervisor ret., Rev. Brookins states, "I am so excited to announce that it is official, I am graduating MAY 12, 2012 with my M. DIV degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary! What a journey this has been and I couldn't have made it without the prayers of the righteous! Through heartache, pain, sunshine, and rain. This degree is for all of our ancestors who didn't have an opportunity to receive what we would a formal education, and yet had more education than any institution could offer.
 
Attorney Derek E. Bruce, Principal, Edge Public Affairs, Orlando, FL was named by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection to examine the "Stand Your Ground" Law. The purpose of the Task Force is to examine this law and any other laws, rules, regulations or programs that relate to public safety and protection in wake of the Trayvon Martin incident. They will make any necessary recommendations to the Governor and Legislature to improve public safety in Florida.

Ms. Yolanda A. Bruce, Esq. has been named Senior Attorney with the Florida Division of Children and Families. Ms. Yolanda A. Bruce, Esq. who currently serves as Assistant State Attorney, Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Orlando, FL has been named Senior Attorney with the Florida Division of Children and Families starting in May. Attorney Derek E. Bruce and Ms. Yolanda A. Bruce, Esq. are the son and daughter of the Late Dr. Y. Benjamin Bruce, Sr., former Director, Worship and Evangelism and Presiding Elder, North Orlando District, Central Conference and Ms. Gloria S. Bruce, Central Conference Commissioner, Debutante-Master Commission.
 
Revs. Faith and Paul Mugala of the 17th Episcopal District will celebrate their Twenty Fifth, Silver Wedding Anniversary, May 10, 2012. Rev. Paul Mugala shares, " I celebrate 25 years in marriage to a beautiful vivacious young woman of God and Mother of our special Five Jewels God has blessed us with in Elizabeth Chiwanza Mugala-DaCosta, Mary Nachamba Mugala, Elizabeth's Twin Sister soon to be married, Paul Muwemba Musole Mugala, Jr., son, Kambuza Alice Nachalwe Mugala, daughter, and baby son Lyapa Kambole Samuel Mugala.

Miss Shade' A. Hyche, former Connectional YPD Communications Secretary and Editor, The Gazette, will receive her doctorate degree in Jurisprudence ( J.D.) on May 19, 2012, from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Shade' is the daughter of Presiding Elder Albert L. Hyche and Attorney Ida Tyree Hyche, International Editor, WMS Magazine.
 
 When graduation is held for Payne Theological Seminary on the campus of Wilberforce University on May 18, 2012, four of the members of the graduating class will be clergy from the Eighth Episcopal District where Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry is the Presiding Prelate. Graduating on May 18th will be Rev. Earl Robinson, Rev. Keith Sanders, Rev. Allen Williams, and Rev. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt, Ph.D. Three of the four are in ministry in the Central New Orleans-Bogalusa District of the Louisiana Conference where Rev. J. K. Holiday is the Presiding Elder. Rev. Robinson is the pastor of Belview AME Church in Franklinton, Louisiana. Rev. Keith Sanders, who served as President of the Payne Student Government Association for the year 2011-12, is the pastor of Gaines Chapel AME Church in Franklinton, LA. Rev. Allen Williams, who is the Connectional Secretary for RAYAC and the Eighth District Director of Music and Christian Arts, is Assoc. Minister of Music at Union Bethel AME Church, New Orleans, LA where Rev. Thomas B. Brown, Jr., is pastor; and Minister of Music at St. Peter- Carrollton AME Church, New Orleans, LA, where he is also a member. Rev. David E. Smith is the pastor. Rev. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt, Ph.D., is pastor of Solomon Chapel AME Church in Cleveland Mississippi. Solomon Chapel is part of the Greenwood-Greenville District of the North Mississippi Conference where the Rev. Archie Smith is the Presiding Elder.
 
Mrs. Kami Winfrey, spouse of Reverend James Winfrey III, Pastor, Collins Chapel A.M.E. Church, New Brockton, Alabama will graduate on Friday, May 11, 2012 from Troy University. The Commencement Exercises will be held on the Troy University Campus in Troy, Alabama.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Danielle Whiting, daughter of Reverend Joyce and Brother Theodore Whiting of Parks Chapel AME Church, in Dothan, Alabama, where the Reverend Rodney D. Smith is the Pastor. Elizabeth will receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. In July, Elizabeth will be relocating to Corvallis, Oregon; she will be working for Hewlett-Packard (HP). Please keep Elizabeth in your prayers!

On Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., Mrs. Toy L Watts, First Lady of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Orleans, Louisiana will received a PhD in Education Leadership from the Department of Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mrs. Toy L Watts is the wife of the Reverend Cory Watts, MDiv, Pastor of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The following members of the AME Church were conferred Doctorate of Ministry Degrees from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, Ohio on December 16, 2011 during the Advent Commencement Exercises. They are listed as follows: Rev. Dr. Dauna Trought Bertram; "Integrating Spiritual Values and Character Based Porgrams for Young Girls at risk for Teen Pregnancy" Second Episcopal District, Associate Minister, Lincolnville AME Church, Raleigh, NC. "Boys To Men: Cultivating Christian Values In African American Males", Fourth Episcopal District; "The Church without Walls: A New Faith Commitment Model for Ministry in Urban Residential Settings", Third Episcopal District, Associate Pastor, St. Mark AME Church, Hilliard, OH; "A Model of Church Renewal: Stimulating Meaning, Cultivating Commitments and Producing Growth in Declining, Plateauing or Dying Congregations"
Sixth Episcopal District, Turner Chapel AME Church, Marietta, GA
 
Christina Noelle Williams received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Central State University
Rev. Darryl R. Williams and Sis. Laurelyn Williams, Pastor and First Lady of St. Mark AME Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Christina Noelle Williams from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Christina received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing on Saturday May 5, 2012.

Bro. Reginald Cleaver, Jr., Immediate Past Connectional President, Young People's and Children's Division earned his MDiv from the Candler School of Theology. Bro. Reginald Cleaver, Jr., son of the Rev. Reginald Cleaver, Sr. and Dr. Vanessa Cleaver, earned his MDiv from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University on May 14, 2012. He is currently serving as the Director of Christian Education at Big Bethel A.M.E. in Atlanta,

Kenneth Bryan Ford graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Cum Laude, on May 11, 2012. Kenneth obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree. He is the son of the Rev. Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford, Senior Pastor of St. James AME Church in Orange Park, Florida.
 
Rev. Clinton E. Ward III and Sis. Darlene Ward, Pastor and First Lady of Wayman AME Church, Chicago, Illinois are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Marquita Renee' Ward from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Marquita will receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services on Saturday May 20, 2012. We are also pleased to announce that Marquita has been accepted into the Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California (USC), School of Social Work.
 
Ms. Renisha Battle received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix during the Spring 2012 graduation. She is the daughter of the Rev. Milton and Doris Battle of Clover Garden AME Church in Burlington, North Carolina (2nd Episcopal District).

Bishop Robert V. Webster is pleased to share the good news that on May 18 his son, Rev. Wendell Webster, pastor of Historic Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida, graduated from Payne Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. On the same day his granddaughter, Ms. Angela White, received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Supervisor Carole Webster is smiling from heaven.

 Rev. Sharon Grant, Candidate for Historiographer/ Executive Director for Research & Scholarship received her Ph.D. with double honors in The History of the Christian Tradition from Southern Methodist University (SMU) on May 12, 2012. Dr. Grant was the first African-American woman to be admitted into the Graduate Program of Religious Studies in the history of SMU, and is currently the only African-American female to hold a terminal degree in Methodist Church History. She is on a quest to serve the African Methodist Episcopal Church full-time as "Today's Historian for Tomorrow's Church."
  
The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to mathematics education advocacy, establishing a presence for leadership, and professional development to support teachers in leveling the playing field for mathematics learning of the highest quality for African-American students. Dr. Vanessa E. Cleaver is the 2012 President, Elect. Dr. Cleaver serves as the Director of Mathematics of the Little Rock Arkansas School District. Her Candidate Statement: The greatest reward for me as an educator is to see students actually "get it". In my job as director of K-12 mathematics, I see a number of mathematics classrooms.  
 
On Friday, May 18, 2012, Keith Cordier received his 90-hour Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology during the seminary's fifty-first commencement convocation. Keith Cordier serves as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
 
Mrs. Pearlie H. Robinson, widow of the late Retired Presiding Elder Edsel F. Robinson, State of Georgia, is pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Desir'ee L. Robinson who received her Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University, Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Reverend Lula Marie Martin-Sanderson, daughter of Presiding Elder Linda F. Thomas-Martin, Presiding Elder South Memphis District, West Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District and Reverend & Mrs. Elmer S. Martin, Pastor of Brown Chapel AMEC, Cincinnati, OH, 3rd Episcopal District will marry Jamal Lee Sanderson of Holly Springs, MS on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
 
Herman Osby Kelly, III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor and first lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduated from the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida on Sunday, May 6, 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. He was also given the senior award for Basketball.

Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram and Rev. Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram will celebrate 35 years of marriage on June 11. The Ingram's were married in 1977. They met in February of 1976 while working in the campaign for Rev. Frank C. Cummings who was aspiring for the episcopacy. Their first date was at the General Conference of 1976. They were married one year later at Wayman AME Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The marriage was performed by the late Rev. Lonnie C. Wormerly, Bishop Hubert Nelson Robinson and Bishop Frank Curtis Cummings. They have served together in ministry at Allen Chapel AME in Alton, Illinois; St. John AME, Springfield, Illinois; Quinn Chapel AME, Chicago, Illinois and Oak Grove AME in Detroit, Michigan. In 2000, Rev. Gregory was elevated to the office of the Episcopacy and assigned to the 15th district. They served the 15th for four years and are completing 8 years of notable service in the 10th District. The Ingram's have one daughter, Jennifer Eman Keanne Ingram and one very precious granddaughter, Jayda Eman Keanne Ingram.

Rev. Malik J. Sales, who currently serves on the ministerial staff at St. Paul AME Church, Berkeley, CA, Rev Leslie R. White is the pastor, graduated May 10, 2012 with his Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Philosophical and Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union. The Rev. Dr. Sales also served as the commencement speaker for commencement ceremony.
Bishop Zedekiah LaZett Grady, the 111th elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Mother Carrie Etta Robertson Grady will celebrate 55 years of marriage, Friday, June 8 2012. Bishop and Mother Grady met on the campus of Allen University in 1956 and were married on June 8, 1957 in Winnsboro, South Carolina. After a successful ministry as a Pastor and Presiding Elder in the state of South Carolina, Bishop and Mother Grady served the church in the 16th, 9th and 1st Episcopal Districts. They will celebrate with their children and grandchildren. Judith Felita Grady Davis, Constance Grady Woodberry and Kenneth Woodberry Esq. and Rev. Carey A. Grady (India Clemons) Cara Leigh Davis, Kendall Bynum Woodberry, Zachary- Andrew Grady Woodberry, and Roman Josiah Woodberry.
 
Payne Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, President and Faculty are pleased to present our 2012 graduating class. It is an honor to present the largest graduating class in the history of the seminary. We awarded 30 Master of Divinity and 3 Doctor of Ministry degrees on May 18, 2012. Our graduates are listed below including their degree and district of service.
  Doctor of Ministry
  1. Beaman, Silvester - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 1
  2. Clarke, Richard -    African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 1
  3. Howard, John,  Baptist
  4.  
  5. Masters of Divinity
  6. Bailey, Albert -  Baptist                                
  7. Boyer, Charles   - African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 1
  8. Chism, Michael -  African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 1
  9. Covington, Jermaine - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 3
  10. Davidson, Haywood  - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 11
  11. Davis, Kenneth - Baptist
  12. Dickey, Pamela - Baptist
  13. Dixon, Michelle - Disciples of Christ
  14. Felton, LaWanda - Baptist
  15. German, Etha - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 7
  16. Gooch, Gregory - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 2
  17. Hearst II, Stanley - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 1
  18. Lee-Pruitt, Glenell - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 8
  19. Martin, Tiffany - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 1
  20. Mays, Vickie -  African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 11
  21. Pace, Carl -  Baptist                                
  22. Peppers, Deborah - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 13
  23. Powell, Michael  -  Baptist
  24. Rhodes, Mary -  African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 7
  25. Robinson, Earl - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 8
  26. Sanders, Keith - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 8
  27. Schaeffer, Karen - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 3
  28. Sims, Dianne - African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 1
  29. Smart, Frank -  African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 1
  30. Strong, Terri  -  African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 13
  31. Tolbert, Jr. Samuel -  Baptist
  32. Webster, Wendell - African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal District 11
  33. Williams, Allen  -  African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 8
  34. Williams, Brian -  African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 7
  35. Williams-Blocker, Brandi - African Methodist Episcopal,  Episcopal District 2

 The Reverend Robert Kirk, Sr., retired Presiding Elder of the South District-Indiana Conference, 4th Episcopal District, will celebrate his 90th birthday, June 11, 2012. The Reverend Robert Kirk, Sr. is the father of the Reverend Barbara L. Harris, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Richmond, IN and the Reverend Robert Kirk, Jr. ministerial staff member at St. Phillip AME Church, Atlanta, GA. The family states: "We are blessed to join in celebration of his 90th Birthday. To God Be the Glory!"

 Navy Chaplain, The Reverend Glenda Jennings Harrison, is Selected to Serve as Deputy Chaplain at Comander Navy Installations Command, Washington Navy Yard. In consideration for this position, Rev. Harrison was in competition with 5 other Chaplains. This job will make Rev. Harrison super competitive for 0-6, which is a full bird Captain for Navy equivalent to Colonel for Army. In her most recent position Rev. Harrison will be working for a 3 star Admiral and will need to take additional courses, Joint Professional Military Education Phase I otherwise known as JPME. Rev. Harrison states: "I am very humbled by my recent selection to serve as Deputy Chaplain at Commander Navy Installations Command, Washington Navy Yard. I know that it is truly by God's grace and mercy that I have been given this great opportunity to serve in this capacity and I'm proud to serve the African Methodist Episcopal Church with distinction."

Miss Danielle K. Dixon, a member of Central Chapel A.M.E. Church, Yellow Springs, Ohio, graduated summa cum laude (top of the class of 2012) from Wilberforce University on May 5, 2012 with a B.S. degree in Biology. She also served as the student representative on the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University for the 2011-12 academic year. Danielle is the daughter of Rev. Newton Dixon and Mrs. Elaine Dixon of the Jamaica Conference, 16th Episcopal District, where Bishop Sarah Frances Davis is the Presiding Prelate. "God is good, God be Praised!"

Tiffany Marie Kelly, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor and first lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana graduated from the Saint Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge on Sunday, May 20, 2012 with first academic honors and National Honor Society recognition. Tiffany will attend the Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida in the fall.

 Darrien Drake Bagneris Black, the son of Rev. Bobbie D. Bagneris Mudd, Coordinator of the North Texas Conference, Women in Ministry and Associate Minister at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Dallas, TX (Rev. Juan Tolliver, pastor) is graduating from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, TX. Darrien will attend Utica College in Utica, NY beginning with the Summer Institute June 30, 2012. Darrien received a Leadership Scholarship from Utica College and has a desire to major in Classical Civilization and Minor in History. Congratulatory messages can be emailed

 Tashay Nicole Maxwell, the niece of The Reverend Matthew Shannon, the pastor of Beulah AME Church in Farmville, Virginia graduated from Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, TN on May 19, 2012. 

The Rev. Samuel W. Chambers, pastor of the Wayman Chapel AME Church of New Brighton, Pennsylvania celebrated 50 years of ministry. He began his ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Reuben C. Eberhardt at Bethel AME Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was assigned his first charge in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania by the 69th Bishop of our great church, Bishop William R. Wilkes. He and his faithful wife, the former Erma J. McCoy have served 7 churches throughout the Pittsburgh Conference and 1 church in the West Virginia Conference of the 3rd Episcopal District. The Stewards of Wayman Chapel AME Church where Rev. and Mrs. Samuel W. Chambers have served for 3 years, hosted four days of wonderful celebration activities. On July 17, 2012 the couple will celebrate 47 years of marriage. They are blessed with three children and five grandchildren. "To God Be the Glory! " Rev. Chambers is proud to be a part of the Third Episcopal District where Bishop C. Garnett Henning is the Presiding Prelate and the Dr. Eric L. Brown serves as the dynamic presiding elder of the Allegheny/Scranton District of the Pittsburgh Conference, pursuing the title of General Secretary/Chief Information Officer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

On May 12, 2012, Ali Gail Holness received her Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity. She is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Washington, DC. Ali Gail Holness was selected as the Evans Crawford Fellow and was Graduate Assistant for Dean Bernard Richardson. Ali graduated from Spelman College in 2009 (B.A. degree) and Trinity University in Washington in 2010 Master of Arts degree in International Studies. She graduated kindergarten from Bethel AME Christian School in Baltimore, Maryland. Ali was admitted into the Washington Annual Conference in April 2012. She serves as Youth Minister at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Washington, DC.
 
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the Asbury Theological Seminary of Wilmore, Kentucky was pleased to confer on the Reverend Katurah York Cooper the Doctor of Ministry Degree. Dr. Katurah York Cooper is the first African woman to enroll and complete the Doctor of Ministry in the Beeson International Leaders Program. Dr. Cooper was also awarded the “Faculty’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for Excellence in Research in Pastoral Ministry” in recognition of the Doctor of Ministry graduate who has submitted the outstanding dissertation-project for that year. The Reverend Doctor Katurah York Cooper is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Third Vice-President of the Connectional Women in Ministry of the AME Church. Dr. Cooper taught for several years at the Monrovia College and Industrial Training School and the University of Liberia. She presently resides in her native country Liberia (14th Episcopal District) where she is the Dean of John R. Bryant Theological Seminary of the AME University serving as its first female Dean, and the Pastor/Founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Liberia. To God Be The Glory!
  
On April 27, 2012, Miss Karina Ariel Taylor received her B. A. degree in Classics/Classical Literature from Florida State University. She is the daughter of the Rev. Atticus T. Taylor and Mrs. Kathy A. Patterson Taylor of Saint Johns, FL. Rev. Atticus T. Taylor is the Director of Counseling at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida and a Retired Lt. Cmdr./ Navy Chaplain. Karina intends to pursue a Masters degree in International Studies either at FSU or at an out-of-state institution. She graduated High School with a 4.0 GPA from Bartram Trail H.S. in Saint Johns, FL near Jacksonville. She serves as a Youth Leader-Spirit Church at Saint Stephen AME Church in Jacksonville, Florida where the Rev Michael L. Mitchell serves as senior pastor.
 

On May 31, 2012, Mrs. Kathy A. Taylor received her B. S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She is the wife of 29 years of the Rev. Atticus T. Taylor, Director of Counseling at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida and Retired Lt. Cmdr./ Navy Chaplain. She also majored in Child Development at Boston University in Boston, MA and now intends to pursue a teaching career with the school system in North Florida. She serves as a Christian Education Worker-Spirit Church and an active member of the WMS at Saint Stephen AME Church in Jacksonville, Florida where the Rev Michael L. Mitchell is the senior pastor.

  Khalilah McLemore Ziegler, daughter of Presiding Elder and Mrs. James McLemore, Pittsburgh Annual Conference, Third Episcopal District, graduated on June 21, 2012 from Argosy University, Atlanta, Georgia with a Master's Degree in Management, a 3.73 GPA and with SUMMA CUM LAUDE Honors. Khalilah attends Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA where the Rev. Dr. Steven Jackson is the pastor.

Tony DeMarco Hansberry II, twin son of Mrs. Kathi Sloan Hansberry, District Consultant, Suwannee-North District and Rev. Tony DeMarco Hansberry, Presiding Elder, Suwannee-North District, Eleventh Episcopal District, is one of the honorees of the 2012 365Black Awards of McDonald's USA. Tony Hansberry, II is a recent high school graduate who invented a surgical technique – while in high school – that reduces the risk of infection after a hysterectomy.                
 
Rev. Godfrey Mitchell, Pastor of Bethesda AME Church, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, has been promoted to Chief Staff Officer of the Auxiliary Fire Service of Trinidad and Tobago. In this capacity he will be the administrator of all the fire officers in the Auxiliary Fire Service for the entire country. Rev. Mitchell has been a fireman for the last 42 years, having joined the Auxiliary Fire Service of Trinidad and Tobago in January 1970. Rev Mitchell has been an itinerant elder in the AME Church since 1992 and has pastored several churches including Sealey Memorial in Barbados, McKenzie, Christ and Metropolitan in Trinidad. He is currently the pastor of Bethesda AME Church in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands Conference.
 
We praise God! We are grateful and proud to announce that Langston J. Johnson, grandson of Presiding Elder Ralph and Patricia Johnson was born premature on March 17th. He weighed 1 lb 14 ounces. He stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital for 109 days. He came home to be with his parents Lawrence and LeTishia Johnson on July 4th. He presently weighs 10 lbs 2 ounces. To God be the glory. Presiding Elder Johnson baptized Baby Langston on Sunday, June 22nd.

Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch, widow of The Late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Mrs. Couch is currently the oldest member of St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church, Clarksville, Tennessee. She continues to play the organ at the church located at 518 Franklin Street, as she has done for fifty plus years. Every Sunday morning finds her pulling herself up the long banister staircase at St. Peter's AME Church to reach her appointed destination at the organ.  Mrs. Ella B. Couch takes pride in being a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society.

It is indeed with great excitement & gratitude to God through our Lord and Savior for what He keeps doing in us individually & collectively. Last year about this time on Saturday August 6th, 2011, Rev. Faith & I as parents, announced the wedding of our oldest twin daughter Elizabth Chiwanza Mugala-DaCosta; a blessed union between the Mugala & DaCosta families.On tomorrow, Saturday August 11th, 2012 in Kitwe, Zambia, there is what we call a Bridal Shower for our second twin daughter Mary Nachamba Mugala ... back home  this is popularly known as a "Kitchen Party."

The Rev. Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor and the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Ann Blake Sydnor will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, August 18, 2012. They were married on Saturday August 18, 1962 at St. James AME Church in Danville, Kentucky.

The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. William W. Easley, Jr. will observe their forty-fifth wedding anniversary on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

Congratulations to Chaplain Ammie Davis on her selection for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy! Chaplain Davis is a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA and is a member of the 8th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is currently serving as the Chaplain Programs Officer for Navy Recruiting Command.

Presiding Elder Ralph and Pat Johnson, Presiding Elder and First Lady of the Louisville/Paducah District of the West Kentucky Conference, will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on August 27, 2012. They were married on August 27, 1977 in Gallatin, Tennessee at First Baptist Church where her father the late Rev. Daniel Bender, Sr. was pastor. Pat's uncle, Rev Curtis Bender performed the ceremony with the assistance of Ralph's father, Rev. L. W. Johnson.

The Reverend Anthony R. Sanders, currently serving as the pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Cape Charles, Virginia will be re-enlisting in the U. S. Navy for 3 years on Monday, August 27, 2012. He has already served nearly 22 years with an E8 pay grade and is Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate, Tenth Episcopal District and Bro. Stan McKenzie, Episcopal Supervisor, celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary, August 30, 2012. “The 30th of August represented 44 wonderful years….. Many more to come.”
 
It is with much praise and thanks to God that we share the news of the celebration of the 99th birthday (30 Aug) of Superannuated minister Rev Henry J. Legolie, emeritus presiding elder. ”I'd rather have Jesus than anything, this world affords today seems” to be his credo. “Modern day ministers chase after flashy expensive cares, double story homes and more degrees than a thermometer. Rev Legolie always boasts with his BA: Born Again, DD Devil Defeater. Thus haste the day dear Lord when your servants will once again hunger and thirst after souls about to be lost to the kingdom like this man of God.” Rev Legolie joins Mother Bethel who celebrated their centenary not so long ago, on Sunday morning at 9am as the preacher. The Lord's name be praised.
 
Congratulations to Reverend Charles Singleton, Superannuated minister-Palmetto Annual Conference and Sister Jeanette P. Singleton, WMS-Life member as they celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary on September 7, 2012 (September 7, 1957). Their children - Charnette Eudora, Charles Prince (Delissa-Eric & Evan), Charlton Pinckney (Maryjo-Shalamar & Marcus) ask God's blessing and your prayers as the couple cruise the Bahamas during this Blessed celebration.
 
Presiding Elder Emeritus, Flemming Emmanuel Joseph of the Windward Islands Conference, Sixteenth Episcopal District, received a national award on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, which was celebrated on August 31, 2012. These awards are given every year on Independence Day to citizens who have made a significant contribution to the development of the country. Presiding Elder Joseph was awarded a Humming Bird Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in the sphere of business.  
 
My father, Dr. Michael A. Cousin Sr., turned 50 years old Wednesday 9/5/2012! He is the pastor of Saint Stephen AME Church in Detroit, Michigan. He is the husband of Mrs. Marcy Geneva Cousin, and the father of Michael A. Cousin Jr., 21, and Timothy Charles Cousin, 19. Dr. Cousin is the son of the 96th elected and consecrated Bishop Philip Robert Cousin Sr. (Ret.) and Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin, Former Episcopal Supervisor.
 
Tiffany M. Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Mrs. Linda M. Kelly, Pastor and first lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded the Trustee Scholarship Fund. Tiffany is a freshman at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Trustee Scholarship Fund for Students –Award Amount: $2500 Requirements: Awards are made to first year entering Graduate and first year entering Undergraduate full time students. Leadership ability, community/volunteer activities and academic excellence will be considered in the awarding process. Minimum GPA is 3.5. Scholarships are renewable with a GPA of 3.2, based on available funds.
   
Presiding Elder Willis and Mrs. Hattie Huggins, West Birmingham, Ensley, Greensboro District, 9th Episcopal District, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Monday, September 10, 2012. Their celebration event was held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 with a Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at Bryant Chapel A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Rev. Damien Littlejohn, pastor. The ceremony participants were: the Rev. Dr. J.C. Carter, Retired pastor - 1st Baptist Church - Sheffield AL, the Rev. Dr. W. E. Marshall, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church - Mobile AL., the Rev. Raymond Swafford, Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, Florence AL and the Rev. Gloria Hall, Bethel A.M.E. Church - Ensley, Birmingham AL.  

At the 49th Quadrennial Session of the A.M.E. Church's General Conference held in July 2012 at the Opryland Hotel & Convention Center located in Nashville, Tennessee, Former Episcopal Supervisor Margaret Joan Cousin received The Bishop's Quadrennial Award, the highest honor that the A.M.E. Bishops' Council Confers. The Bishops' Council Award Presentation read:"The Bishop's Quadrennial Award, African Methodist Episcopal Church is presented to Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin Beloved wife of Former Senior Bishop Philip R. Cousin, Sr., mother of five clergy leaders in African Methodism, doting Grandmother, Retired educator and Episcopal Supervisor in the African Methodist Church - your unrelenting call awakened a drowsy, indifferent church to the suffering and stigma imposed by HIV and AIDS. Before there was a "Balm In Gilead" there was Margaret Joan Cousin, a pioneer without peer in HIV and AIDS Awareness and Prevention Ministry. Yours was the lone voice calling the Black Church to attention. When the church seemed too aloof and too appropriate to discuss sex and sexuality, you spoke up about empty chairs at the dinner table and the devastation HIV and AIDS was having on African American Families. Like a drum major, you led the missionaries that you supervised on ways you have touched parades without pomp and pageantry through city streets armed with literature about behaviors that caused unnecessary deaths. You declared war on HIV and AIDS and its impact on families. Mrs. Margaret Joan Cousin was the third recipient.

Bishop McKinley Young and Supervisor Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal Team of the 3rd District will celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary on September 23, 2012...... "Many more to come."
 
Presiding Elder Albert L. Hyche and Attorney Ida Tyree Hyche are pleased to announce the Wedding of their daughter, Shade' Alexandria Hyche, former Connectional YPD Communications Secretary and Editor, YPD Gazette, of Birmingham, Alabama, to Mr. Jiwann Denard Dixon, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2:00 pm at Saint John AME Church, downtown Birmingham. After a honeymoon trip to Hawaii, the couple will reside in Atlanta, GA, where Mr. Dixon works as a Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo and the Bride is pursuing opportunities as an attorney. We wish the couple God's blessings.
 
Mrs. Piccola Washington wife of the Rev. W. T. Washington (Retired), and immediate past president of the 12th District MSWAWO has just been elected to the Pine Bluff School Board of Directors. She received 71% of the votes cast in her zone. She was sworn in on Sept. 19, 2012, her birthday, and will serve a 3-year term.
 
Join with the 10th Episcopal District AME Church in wishing Episcopal Supervisor Stan McKenzie a Happy Birthday. Supervisor Stan will celebrate his birthday, tomorrow, October 6, 2012.
 
The Ronald A. Boykin is the Pastor at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Manassas, Virginia. On September 21, 2012, Reverend Ronald A. Boykin gave the invocation at the rally at which President Barack Obama spoke to over 12,000 supporters. Speaking at Pfitzner Stadium the Reverend Boykin prayed for peaceful assembly, permissive fellowship, that all things would bring glory to God and that God's Grace would abound. The Reverend Boykin serves in the Capitol District of the Washington Annual Conference; the Reverend Goodwin Douglas is the Presiding Elder and the Rt. Rev. William P. DeVeaux, Presiding Prelate, Second Episcopal District.
 
Pastor Boykin and First Lady Helen Boykin have served the congregation of First A.M.E. Church since December 1993. During this time they have taken an active role in the communities in and around Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City. They have shown love to the elderly, and children, the homeless and the hungry and have embraced the diversity among God's people in their area. People have seen their love in the community, and their community service, but most importantly, the community has recognized that they have coupled that community service with the truth of the gospel message and that has been a powerful display of the love of God. Pastor Boykin's love for ministering to the physical and the spiritual needs in his area is also reflected in the numerous public community forums he has hosted addressing concerns and issues affecting the citizens of the greater Prince William County area. In the past he convened community leaders, fellow community clergy and citizens in a call for prayer and discussion regarding an outburst of violence that plagued the area.

The Reverend Dr. LaVerne Whitehead Reed, Itinerant Elder in the Tenth Episcopal District, serving on staff at Smith Chapel A.M.E. Church on the Greater Dallas District in the North Texas Conference has achieved another first! On October 2, 2012 Dr. Reed appeared before the Association of Professional Chaplains' Board Certification Committee in request of the recommendation as a Board Certified Chaplain. After the hour long process, a unanimous decision for certification was granted. According to the committee Dr. Reed is the first African Methodist Episcopal Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) in the state of Texas.
 
Rev. Dr. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt named Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jarvis Christian College: In August 2012, Rev. Dr. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt joined the administrative team of President Dr. Lester C. Newman at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor in Social Work. She joined the team after leaving Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, where she had served as the Dean of University College, Director of Community Service Learning and Director of the Renaissance Learning Program. On February 14, 2013, Jarvis President Dr. Lester C. Newman announced that the interim title had been removed and that Dr. Lee-Pruitt was named the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jarvis Christian College. Rev. Dr. Pruitt is the pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Shreveport, LA in the Eighth Episcopal District where Bishop Julius McAllister, Sr., is the Presiding Prelate and Rev. Michele Goodloe is the Presiding Elder. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Ph.D. in Social Work from Jackson State University; her Master of Social Work from Temple University; and her Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary.
 
The First Episcopal District Board of Christian Education is pleased to announce the hosting of a Retirement Breakfast in recognition of Reverend Dr. Earl R. Jefferson, the First Episcopal District Executive Director of Christian Education and Administrative Assistant to the Bishop. Dr. Jefferson has served as a Christian Educator for over 50 years. He is a prolific developer of training materials, including over 30 different tracts on Holistic Christian Education, many of which are now used as standard material throughout the AME Church. Dr. Jefferson is also the Editor/Publisher of "Guidelines for Christian Education," a monthly newsletter which is now in its 24th year of publication. 
 
Ms. Brianna Barbour, a student at Fisk University was selected to be a member of the historic prestigious Fisk Jubilee Singers. Brianna serves as the Secretary of the Connectional YPD and is a member of Pearl Street AME Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Her singing career has taken her to Australia and Hawaii. She was also among the selected vocalist to sing in Hawaii for that state's 50th Anniversary celebration. Brianna is the daughter of Mr. Thomas and Juanita Barbour and is the granddaughter of Dr. Johnny and Clara Barbour. Dr. Johnny Barbour is the Secretary-Treasurer of the AMEC Sunday School Union.

On October 1, 2012, Alexas Rosette Collier, the daughter of the Rev. Omega Collier, the pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church of Mt. Dora, Florida and granddaughter of the late Rev. William Collier, received notice from the Illinois Board of Admissions that she had passed the July, 2012 Illinois State Bar Examination. The swearing in ceremony is forthcoming. Alexas is a spring 2012 graduate of the Northern Illinois University School of Law.
 
The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Strode, pastor of Youngs Chapel AME Church, Louisville, Kentucky was reappointed to a third-year term as a Lay Member to the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors by Chief Justice John Minton.
 
Sir-Wellington Hartford Brookins, the youngest child of the late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins, has been selected to travel as an Ambassador next summer to Italy, Greece, and France with other high school students from around the world.I am elated to announce that Sir-Wellington Hartford Brookins, the youngest child of the late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins, has been selected to travel as an Ambassador next summer to Italy, Greece, and France with other high school students from around the world.God has promised that he will turn your mourning into dancing." Indeed, this is what He is doing for me and my son this very moment! Just four months ago, we were saying farewell to a giant of a man, a father, a friend and a husband! Today, we are blessed to know that the favor of God, which was upon his (Bishop H. Hartford Brookins) life is now evident in the lives of his children and the legacy of greatness continues
 
 


      





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