Kenneth Strickland, has been named as the new Washington Bureau Chief and vice president for NBC News, effective October 9, 2012. Kenneth is a 1985 graduate of Joliet Central High School and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Mass Communications. His proud parents are Rev. Lishers Mahone, Jr. (Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church-Joliet, IL) and Mrs. Betty Mahone (Retired Teacher - Joliet Central High School).Posted by: Aprill Turner  Washington (October 10, 2012) --The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) extends sincerest congratulations to member, Ken Strickland on his promotion to Vice President and Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief at NBC News.Strickland who has been with NBC News since 1995 has steadily climbed the ranks at the network where he began as an associate producer at "Dateline." He would later serve as a White House producer, before being promoted to supervising producer where he helped lead the network's Congressional reporting team. Strickland was appointed deputy bureau chief in early 2011. 
 
The Reverend Modikoe A. Mpye and Mrs. Gabisile Mpye, Mt. Sinai AME Church, Mamelodi, RSA, 19th Episcopal District, were blessed with a sixth child, a health bouncy baby boy - Remoneilwe Mpye - on 12 October. All this happens while the MM Mokone Annual Conference was sitting in Mahwelereng (200km away). The MM Mokone Annual Conference family joins Bishop Paul JM Kawimbe as we celebrate with the Mpye family.
 
The Reverend Berlinda A. Hart Love, ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and author and publisher of Coping with My Mother's Stroke, A Daughter's Story and Sermons from the Heart, A Collection of Divinely Inspired Devotional Sermons, A Special Tribute, is being honored as a 2012/2013 Professional Woman of the Year in Journalism by the National Association of Professional Women. This prestigious distinction is awarded by the 400,000-strong membership of NAPW who join together to develop innovative business and social relationships. The Reverend Hart Love is a woman of many talents and skills. She is a retired public school educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience and an active member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she holds ordination credentials as an itinerant elder for 14 years. Additionally, The Reverend Hart Love is an author, publisher, public speaker, and seminar instructor. Most recently, she became caregiver to her aging and ailing parents, along with her three siblings, and it is this compelling experience that led her to write her latest book, Coping with My Mother's Stroke, A Daughter's Story
 
Thema S. Bryant-Davis, PhD, the daughter of Bishop John Richard Bryant, Senior Bishop, Presiding Prelate, Fourth Episcopal District and Senior Episcopal Supervisor, Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, received the 2013 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Early Career). Dr. Thema S. Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, poet, dancer and minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
The Rev. Dr. Johnny and Mrs. Clara Barbour will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on November 24. 2012. Dr. Barbour is the Secretary-Treasurer and Publisher of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday School Union. Dr. Johnny Barbour married Clara Mae Jackson on November 24, 1962. They have one son, Thomas Monroe Barbour; daughter-in-law, Juanita Adams Barbour; and two Grandchildren, Thomas Monroe Barbour III, a senior at Jackson State University; and Brianna Kathleen Barbour, a sophomore at Fisk University and a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.We wish Dr. Johnny and Mrs. Clara Barbour a blessed 50th Wedding Anniversary – their Golden Wedding Anniversary!
 
 University of Michigan researcher, Rev. Dr. Almyra Overta Fuller-Caldwell, earns Fulbright Scholar grant to study AIDS interventions in Africa Examining religious leaders’ ability to address HIV, AIDS in African communities. University of Michigan microbiologist A. Oveta Fuller has spent her career-examining viruses like herpes simplex virus (HSV) and HIV/ AIDS through the lens of a microscope to understand the most basic and intricate details of viruses. As a former pastor with a focus on young adults and outreach for HIV and AIDS awareness, Fuller also has seen the effect the disease can have on a community and its people. Now, with the help of a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar grant, Fuller will use her training in the lab and in the church to conduct a study in southern Africa, assessing local religious leaders’ ability to address HIV and AIDS in their communities. 
 
We are thankful to God to announce that Mrs. Mary M. Hughes celebrated her 99th birthday on November 21st. She is the widow of the late Reverend Suspencer Hughes (7th District) and mother of Presiding Elder Thomas M. Hughes (4th District), Mrs. Wilhemena Hughes-Sapp (2nd District) and Mrs. Gwendolyn Hughes-McCottry (1st District). Mrs. Hughes is a native of Kingstree, South Carolina; a retired public school teacher and a life member of the Women's Missionary Society.
 
The Reverend Ashley Cox and Sis. Tracey Cox will celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, December 2, 2012. The Reverend Cox is the Pastor at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church in Cornersville, Tennessee.
 
United Theological Seminary announces that Reverend Michael Leon Mitchell is a Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry at the Commencements Exercises on Friday, the Fourteenth of December, Two Thousand Twelve at One O'clock in the afternoon; Ginghamsbury United Methodist Church, 6759 South County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio 45371. The Reverend Michael Leon Mitchell is the pastor of Saint Stephens African Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Visitors Chapel AME Church, Hot Springs Arkansas was the site of the marriage of Laquilla Boyce and Douglas Jones. LaQuilla Boyce is the daughter of the Reverend Welton Boyce and Ms. Barbara Boyce. Douglas is the son of Rev. Douglas E. Jones and Gladys Jones. The marriage was held on November 24, 2012 with Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., Rev. Joseph Valliant, Rev. Tom Scott, and Rev. Jones officiating. Laquilla was formerly president of the 12th Episcopal District Young People Division.
 
United Theological Seminary announces that Reverend Gloria Lynn Sydnor Smith is a Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry at the Commencements Exercises on Friday, the Fourteenth of December, Two-Thousand Twelve at One O'clock in the afternoon. The Graduation Ceremony will be held at Ginghamsbury United Methodist Church, 6759 South County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio 45371.
 
CAPT, USN (RET) CARROLL RANDOLPH CHAMBLISS/CHRISTENE HELEN KNEW CHAMBLISS CELEBRATE THEIR 70TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY JANUARY 2, 2013: From Jackson, MS, a city boy and a country girl became great friends in high school: Carroll, Quarterback and Captain of the football team, and President of his Senior Class. Christene was Cheer Leader, and the first female to be elected Student Body President in her senior year. We sang in the best High School Choir in the State, where we stood next to each other as Baritone and Alto, and often held hands. This friendship evolved into an agreement to live our lives together "till death do us part". This was the beginning of the most magnificent journey of our lives. It has taken us through educational institutions and five of the most important years that became the foundation of our relationships with God's people. After Carroll graduated from Payne Seminary and Wilberforce University he was sent to pastor his first congregation in St. Louis, MO by Bishop D. Ormond Walker. He pastored a unique church, two congregations at the same time. He called it "The City Circuit". One congregation located in West St. Louis an upscale community, and one in downtown St. Louis, a blighted community. He loved and was beloved by both communities. From this our greatest work, came the military, where he served as Navy Chaplain, and we spent 30 years on the military base "reservation", a great place to raise our four 'beautiful' sons. This was not an easy journey due to the frequent changes of address and the separations during sea duty. The travel was great for us and our sons, who now have families of their own. We have many grand children, scads of great grand children and this year we became great, great grandparents to little Amber in Hawaii. We have traveled to four continents, several Islands of the sea in connection with Carroll's sea duty, and our long time work with The World Federation of Methodist Women. Spending three years in Paradise, Hawaii the 50th State on the Island of OAHU, where one of our sons still lives with his family, was one of many stellar points of our journey. At present, we reside in the State of VA. We are members of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, the National Cathedral of African Methodism, "The Church of Carroll's Choice", the Place of love and care from our Pastor and the congregation. We thank God for allowing us to go "through" it all, not over it, nor around it, so we could savor all of the bitter with the sweet. We are now enjoying each other and awaiting the next leg of the journey with great anticipation because we know He is with us. 
 
The Reverend Gloria Lynn Sydnor Smith is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III, the 20th Editor of The Christian Recorder and the Rev. Dr. Charlotte B. Sydnor, pastor of Woodfork Chapel AME Church in Shelbyville, Tennessee. United Theological Seminary announces that Reverend Gloria Lynn Sydnor Smith is a Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry at the Commencements Exercises on Friday, the Fourteenth of December, Two-Thousand Twelve at One O'clock in the afternoon. The Graduation Ceremony will be held at Ginghamsbury United Methodist Church, 6759 South County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio 45371. The Reverend Gloria Lynn Sydnor Smith is the pastor of Whitman Chapel AME Church in Belpre, Ohio in the 3rd Episcopal District.

United Theological Seminary announces that The Reverend Janie Dowdy-Dandridge is a Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry at the Commencements Exercises on Friday, the Fourteenth of December, Two-Thousand Twelve at One O'clock in the afternoon. The Graduation Ceremony will be held at Ginghamsbury United Methodist Church, 6759 South County Road 25A, Tipp City, Ohio 45371. The Reverend Janie Dowdy-Dandridge is the proud pastor of Webb Grove AMEC Murfreesboro, 3996 Barfield Crescent RD, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 in the 13th Episcopal District.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Reginald B. McGill are pleased to announce that their daughter Danielle Lauren McGill graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, Magna cum laude, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m., The Mary Mcleod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 698 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida.

 Rev. Sheiler and Mr. James W Stokes, Jr. celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary on Monday, December 10, 2012. Rev. Stokes is the Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana and the Coordinator for the Women in Ministry, Indiana Conference, 4th Episcopal District.

It is with great joy that we announce the birth of Kennedy Bren'El Anderson who was born on Monday, November 12, 2012. Kennedy is the daughter of Dr. Derek Anderson, Connectional President of the RAYAC and Mrs. Aimee Anderson, the immediate past Third Vice President of the Ohio Conference WMS and is the brother of Master Cory Isaiah Anderson. In addition, Kennedy is the granddaughter of Rev. Mack C. Hurst, pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church in Amite, Louisiana and Mrs. Brenda Hurst, the Louisiana Conference WMS President. The Anderson family are members of The Historic St. Paul AME Church in Columbus, Ohio under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Taylor Thompson in the Third Episcopal District under the Episcopal Leadership of Bishop Mckinley Young and Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young.

Jaleeca Rebecca Yancy, daughter of the Reverend David and Mrs. Reba Yancy II, received the Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Graphic Design from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on December 15, 2012. The Reverend Yancy is the pastor of Spring Chapel AME Church in Grand Junction, Tennessee and is a member of the Media and Public Relations Committee of the South Memphis District of the West Tennessee Conference of the 13th Episcopal District.
 
It is with much gladness that the marriage of Cedric Joubert, fourth eldest son of Mrs. Lilian Joubert and of the giants in African Methodism, the late Rev Henry Joubert, to Salome Stander youngest daughter of Mr. Cecil and Rev. Pam Stander on the 20th Dec at Bethel Memorial AME Church Hazendal, Cape Town, South Africa is shared. As workers and servants in God's vineyard, we pray that together they may be a more powerful force in God's Kingdom.

Bishop Philip R. Cousin will be the recipient of The Keeper of the Flame Award on January the twentieth, two-thousand and thirteen. This award will be given to him by the African American Churches at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the Second term and Inauguration of President Barak Obama. This award is extended to extraordinary leaders who exemplify our great history, struggles and untiring strength and commitment to our future.         

Senior Bishop John R. Bryant and Senior Supervisor Cecelia Williams Bryant proudly announce a special and blessed Christmas Day delivery of their grandson. On the blessed Christmas Morning of December 25, 2012, Senior Bishop John R. Bryant and Senior Supervisor Cecelia Williams Bryant proudly announce a special and blessed Christmas Day delivery of their grandson, Ayo (Joyous) Jeloni (Strength) Davis. 8.6 pound, Ayo Jeloni was born to the Bryants' daughter, Dr. Thema Bryant Davis and Son-in-love, Kwesi Davis. Please pray God's continuous blessings upon this family.
 
Rev. Timothy Cokley and wife Cynthia McLeod Cokley will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, December 31, 2012. The two were married at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Sumter, South Carolina, at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 31, 1977. Bishop F.C. James (retired) and Rev. John H. Gillison performed the ceremony. Rev. and Mrs. Cokley are the proud parents of three children, Timothea J. Cokley, Atlanta, Georgia; a graduate of Fayetteville State University; Timothy Charles Cokley, Charlotte, N.C.; a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University; and Trenton R. Cokley, Washington, D.C.; a graduate of Howard University. Rev. and Mrs. Cokley reside in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is employed at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Mrs. Cokley teaches in Richland School District One. Rev. Cokley is the pastor of Chappelle Memorial A.M.E. Church in Columbia.
Ms. Davida A. Jones, the daughter of The Reverend Alfred D. Jones & First Lady E. Mae Jones, First Family of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Naples, Florida, the 11th Episcopal District gave birth to a baby girl (Avery Noel Alicia Marcus) on Monday, December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia


      





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