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

 

The African Methodist Episcopal Church Ministerial Alliance of the Tennessee Annual Conference will host a Retirement Celebration for Presiding Elder Robert E. Keesee, celebrating 55 years of outstanding ministerial service, on Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd. in Nashville, TN from 7-9 p.m.

Attorney Yulise Reaves Waters, first lady of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, has been named a 2013 recipient of the Black Alumni of Southern Methodist University's (SMU) History Maker Award. A two-time graduate of SMU, Atty. Waters earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in Spanish, magna cum laude, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate from the SMU Dedman School of Law. She has previously been recognized by the institution, among many honors, as the 2003 Outstanding Senior Woman of SMU, "2008 Featured Graduate" of the law school, and as "One-to-Watch" by SMU Magazine. Atty. Waters is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas and former president of the North Texas Annual Conference Clergy Spouses Organization.

The talented DeAra Warren, granddaughter of the Rev. Deloris Prioleau, Washington Conference, 2nd Episcopal District AMEC sings Vedrai Carino by Mozart, Down In the Forest by Landon Ronald and Das Veilchen by Mozart. In today’s Hip Hope and RAP culture, how refreshing it is to hear DeAra. GO FORWARD AME Youth! DeAra is a graduating high school senior and has worked for the AME Church Fiancé Office on the Kit Committee. 

The Reverend Ella Mae Samuels, Presiding Elder of the Augusta-Athens District of the AME Church serving in the 6th Episcopal District and the Augusta Georgia Annual Conference, has been elected as Vice-Chair of the McDuffie County Board of Education for the 2013 calendar year. Mr. Greg Derry was elected as Chair. Rev. Samuels was elected to her second four-year term as a member of the McDuffie County Board of Education in November 2010. Rev. Ella Mae Samuels is also a weekly Columnist, published in the Religious Section of the McDuffie Progress - the leading Newspaper in Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia.
 
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart Law Firm with offices from Jacksonville to the Keys has opened an Orlando office with Attorney Derek E. Bruce, Shareholder and other Lawyers who will focus on government affairs, corporate law and land use. Attorney Bruce was one of the founding principals of Perez, Bruce and Jonasen LLP. Gunster was established in 1925 and employs more than 160 lawyers and 200 support staff whose statewide strategy was to introduce a full-service firm presence in the Orlando market by joining with a team which brings a balance of diverse clients and strong community involvement. Attorney Bruce is the son of the late General Officer/Presiding Elder Y. B. Bruce and Mrs. Gloria S. Bruce.
 
Tuesday evening, February 19, 2013, before over 500 attendees, Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green, Sr., the 125th Elected and Consecrated Bishop and President of the Bishops’ Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was presented the President’s Award by the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus. The Caucus’ 9th Annual King Kennedy Dinner was held at the Metroplex Event Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bishop Green was recognized for his leadership in the 12th Episcopal District, the connectional Church of Allen, as well as for the successes of Shorter College. 

Chaplain David Brown has been named as the Project Officer for a video documentary being sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The documentary is entitled "Rising Warriors" and it will seek to capture the inspiring story of Wounded Warriors as they recover and reintegrate back into the military or civilian life. As Project Officer, Chaplain Brown is responsible for composing the projects' mission and vision statement, storyboard draft and script revisions, budget acquisition, and logistical coordination. He will accompany a camera crew from Headquarters Marine Corps Combat Camera to film at these locations: San Diego, CA; Ramstein, Germany; San Antonio, TX; and Jacksonville, NC. 

Women Chaplains in the Military are Celebrating 40 Years of Service; Chaplain Glenda Jennings Harrison is highlighted in a video presentation on "Why I Chose Navy Chaplaincy," which will be on display for a year at the Women's Military Memorial Museum on March 4, 2013. The video presentation will highlight Women Chaplains across the armed forces and Chaplain Glenda Jennings Harrison was selected to represent the Navy.

 The Rev. Erika D. Crawford graduated on February 1, 2013 from The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University with a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Care. Rev. Crawford's Doctoral Project was titled "Serving Them is Killing Me: Using Technology as a Vehicle for Self-Care for Bi-Vocational Pastors in The Black Church." Rev. Crawford is the Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Rahway, NJ and 3rd Vice President of the Connectional AME Women in Ministry.  

The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, has been appointed Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Board by the Dallas City Council effective February 13, 2013. Dr. Waters was nominated as Chair by Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings. More than 300,000 Dallas citizens receive services from the MLK Center every year.

 

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. 
 
Bishop E. Earl McCloud, 127th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Episcopal Supervisor Pat Russell-McCloud, J.D., celebrated their 30th Anniversary of Marriage on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
 
  Little Miss Lynnley Diann Johnson was born November 1, 2013 at 12:14 AM in Nashville, Tennessee.  She weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 18 inches long.  The parents Lawrence and LeTishia Johnson and the grandparents Presiding Elder Ralph and Sister Pat Johnson feel blessed and grateful to God for this new arrival.
 
Congratulations are in order for the birth of Brittnye Noel Reynolds. Brittnye was born on February 27, 2013 at 8:59 am. She is the daughter of Leon and Rokisha Reynolds, and the granddaughter of Rev. and Mrs. Ronald Boykin. Rev. Ronald Boykin is the distinguished pastor of First A.M.E. Church of Manassas, Virginia (Washington Conference, Second Episcopal District).

 The Reverend C. E. Jenkins, Retired Presiding Elder of the Eleventh Episcopal District will celebrate his 90th Birthday on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The Reverend C. E. Jenkins anticipates preaching at Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church, Garden City-Miami, Florida, his last congregation on Sunday, March 24, 2013

 Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, Retired, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will celebrate his Ninety-First Birthday, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.Rev. Gordon Glenn, pastor of St. John AME Church in Topeka, Kansas & Rev.

Rachel Williams-Glenn, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Manhattan, Kansas, wish to announce the birth of their second child, Virginia Grace Glenn, born on Good Friday, March 29, 2013.

Bishop Philip Robert Cousin, Sr. (Ret.), the 96th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated his 80th Birthday, March 26, 2013.

First Lady Yvette Williams, the wife of Rev. C. Dennis Williams, PhD, the new pastor of Smith Chapel A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, will appear on Lifetime in the show entitled "Preachers Wives" airing Tuesday, April 16, 2013.Lifetime's new pilot, "Preachers Wives" offers a rare glimpse of some of LA's finest first ladies who proudly support their husbands in the pulpit and bring their gifts, talents and influence to the community to produce a spectacular Glitz and Gospel event for a cause near and dear to their hearts!  Our preachers wives are young, dynamic and no nonsense.   

 Mrs.  Alreda Postell celebrated her 102nd birthday on 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. Praise God for His blessings.

Bishop Jeffrey Leath, Presiding Prelate of the Thirteenth Episcopal District and Dr. Susan Leath, Episcopal Supervisor, share great news of the graduation of their son and elder daughter. Jeffrey N. Leath, II will be conferred with a Masters of Science in Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) by The University of Michigan on May 4, 2013. The Reverend Jennifer S. Leath will be conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy in African American Studies and Religion (with concentration in Ethics) by Yale University on May 20, 2013.

With great joy and thanksgiving to God, we announce the centennial birthday of Mrs. Mary Mitchell Hughes on 21 November 2013.  We ask you to join us in prayer and good thoughts as we approach this special time in her life. Mrs. Hughes is the widow of the Reverend Suspencer Mitchell Hughes, whom she stood beside and supported - not as "first lady," but as his loving wife and friend - for nearly 35 years of ministry in the 7th Episcopal District.  During most of this time, she built her own career in the field of education as a teacher and mentor.    Mrs. Hughes is a native of Kingstree, SC.  She graduated (class valedictorian) from Tomlinson High School (Kingstree, SC) and received a BS in Elementary Education from Allen University (Columbia, SC).

Congratulations to the Reverend Lula Martin Sanderson and Mr. Jamal L. Sanderson on the birth of a baby girl, weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches in length; Lucinda Patti Sanderson was born on Tuesday, November 19, 2013,  9:41 AM at the Methodist Hospital-Germantown, Memphis, Tennessee. The Reverend Lula Martin Sanderson is the pastor of Wilson Chapel AME Church, 80 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, Tennessee. She is the daughter of the Reverend Linda Thomas-Martin, Presiding Elder, South Memphis District-West Tennessee Conference  of the 13th Episcopal District and the Reverend Elmer Shedd Martin, Pastor of Brown Chapel AME Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

The Reverend Clinton E. Ward III and Mrs. Darlene Ward, Senior Pastor and First Lady of Wayman AME Church, Chicago, Illinois are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Marquita Renee Ward from the Eastern Illinois University of Charleston, Illinois with a Master of Arts degree in Gerontology, commencing on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Jeremy C. Darby, the youngest son of Presiding Elder and Mrs. Joseph A. Darby, Beaufort District, South Carolina Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District, received his Bachelor's In Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of South Carolina on December 16, 2013.
 
Presiding Elder and Mrs. Joseph A. Darby, celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on December 17, 2013.
 
Kyle N. Boone, son of Rev. Charlene N. Boone, Pastor of Burks/Hills Chapel, Paducah, Kentucky has received his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 20, 2013.  His dissertation was entitled: "Ain't I cool:  Investigating the Lived Experience of Cool for Black Male Collegians."   Dr. Boone has been afforded a new opportunity to serve as the newly hired Director of Campus Life at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Assistant City Attorney Yulise Reaves Waters was honored by the City of Dallas for her extraordinary service to the citizens of Dallas on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 during a ceremony at Dallas City Hall. Atty. Waters' name was added to the City of Dallas' esteemed Wall of Honor. Atty. Waters is the First Lady of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, where her husband, the Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters is founder and Senior Pastor.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Harrisburg, Pennsylvania would like to formally announce the recent marriage of our pastor Rev. Micah C. T. Sims, Sr. to the former Rev. Tameaka D. Reid of Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. Sims is a member of the First Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram. The wedding took place on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7pm in the sanctuary of Bethel A.M.E. Church. It was officiated by Rev. Dr. Wesley I. Reid, father of the bride and pastor of Lee Memorial A.M.E. Church Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. Micah C. T. Sims, Sr. is the grandson of the late Dr. George T. Sims, Jr. and great nephew of Bishop David Henry Sims, 55th elected and consecrated bishop of the A.M.E. church. Rev. Tameaka was one of the morning glory preacher during the Lay Biennial Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Reverend and Mrs. Demetrese D. Phillips welcome the birth of their first child, Demetrese D. Phillips, II, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. He weighs 6 pounds and 5 ounces and is 19 inches. Reverend Phillips is the pastor of Mary Springhill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mrs. Chundra Phillips is the president of the Eighth Episcopal District M-SWAWO+PK'S

On behalf of the North Nashville District-Tennessee conference, we proudly announce that the reverend W. Antoni Sinkfield, Presiding Elder, was invited to give the invocation at the McGavock High School, located at 3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville Tennessee on Thursday, January 30, 2014, during the visit and speech of President Barack Hussein Obama.

Congratulations to Barbara Chester on the birth of her granddaughter Carmyn Corinne Chester born June 21st. Carmyn is the daughter of Stephen Paul and Janea Chester of Atlanta, GA. Steve is the son of Barbara and the late Rev. Amos T. Chester. "Thanking God that all went well with the birth and that both mother and baby enjoys excellent health." Also, congratulations to Steve who was on the May cover of the Atlanta Tribune along with his partner as "Who Runs the World?  Entrepreneurs, the up-and-comers" for their business ATL-Cruzers.

Jerry Turner, Jr. has been confirmed and has secured a permanent status as a Career Executive for the Department of Health Services of the State of Wisconsin.  Jerry was promoted to the position of Section Chief (Health Care Program Manager) in June 2012.  He was confirmed based on a two-year probationary trial period.  Based on his outstanding leadership performance in the Milwaukee Enrollment Services, Mr. Turner's last year of probation has been waived. Mr. Turner has now secured the highest executive status with the State of Wisconsin.  He is one of only seven African American men to have this leadership status among 25000 state employees. Jerry is the Former President of the Connectional YPD and 3rd Elected Connectional President of the Richard Allen Young Adult

The Reverend Dr. Elvin J. Parker III, the son of the Late Rev. Dr. E.J. Parker, Presiding Elder of the Fort Lauderdale District, South Florida Conference,11th Episcopal District and Step-Son of Dr. Ginger A. Parker, former Connectional Treasurer of the WMS,  was united in Holy Matrimony to the former Miss Gewanda C. Johnson, daughter of Ms Alberta Johnson and Mr. Willie Smith on the Fifteenth of June 2013, at 1:45 in the afternoon in the city of Auburndale , Florida.  The officiants solemnizing the marriage were The Reverend Douglas O. Townley, The Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, and The Right Reverend Robert V. Webster (Retired Bishop - AMEC).
 
The Rev. L. Fisher Hines and Bessie M. Hines will Celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They were united in Holy Matrimony September 1, 1963 by the late Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Boyd, Sr. at Grant A.M.E. Church, Long Beach, California. They will renew their vows on their GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Parks Chapel A.M.E. Church, San Fernando, California at 4:00 P.M. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the 5th Episcopal District will preside over the Renewal Celebration Service, assisted by Presiding Elder, Norman D. Copeland and Host Pastor of Parks Chapel, Rev. Ira Woodfin-Dickason. 
 
 The Rev. Troy Merritt, Jr., and Mrs. Brenda Annette Merritt; Pastor and First Lady of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on August 17, 2013. They were married at Lee Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee, on August 17, 1968, by their pastor, the Reverend Leo Lesser, Jr.
 
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate of the Tenth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church and Episcopal Supervisor Stan McKenzie celebrates their Forth-Fifth Wedding Anniversary, Friday, August 30, 2013.
 
Congratulations to Mrs. Karyn Young-Lowe, Founder and CEO of LightHouse Social Service Centers, on receiving the award of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Grant through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  SSVF funds are granted to non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives to assist very low-income Veteran families by providing a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability and homeless prevention services.  LightHouse, a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation currently provides transitional living services to homeless male veterans who are living with a mentalillness. 
 
Mrs. Deana Young McAllister was recently promoted from the Supervisor of Human Resources (responsible for Certified/Instructional Staff) to the Director I status and will now serve as the Assistant Director for the Office of Human Resources for Leon County Schools.  Mrs. McAllister is the daughter of Bishop and Mrs. McKinley Young and is a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Tallahassee, Florida where her husband, the Reverend Dr. Julius McAllister, Jr. is the pastor.  Deana serves as the 3rd Vice President of the 11th District WMS.  Deana and Julius are the proud parents of Julius III, Colin McKinley and Dylan David. 
 
Ms. Stephanie Lynn Young joined ten other Congressional Communication Staffers from August 13 – 23, 2013 on a journey to China sponsored by the National Committee on U.S. – China relations: Promoting Constructive Engagement since 1966.  Ms. Young is the National Press Secretary for the Democratic Whip, the Honorable Steny Hoyer (D-MD).  She is the youngest daughter of Bishop and Mrs. McKinley Young and a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Washington, DC where the Reverend Michael Bell is her pastor. 
 
The Cape Town District under the leadership of Presiding Elder Willem S. Hanse joins the 15th Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop David R. Daniels and the connection in wishing the Rev. Henry J. Legolie a blessed 100th birthday on this the 30th day of August in the year of our Lord 2013. Rev Legolie has the distinction of serving as an itinerant minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for more than 50yrs. 
 
Presiding Elder Troy I. Thomas and Rev. Maxine L. Thomas celebrated 25 blessed years of marriage on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  They were joyfully joined together in Holy Matrimony at Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD as Bishop John R. Bryant and the late Bishop Harrison J. Bryant were the officiates. Rev. Troy I. Thomas concurrently serves as the Presiding Elder of the Lexington District of the Kentucky Annual Conference and Pastor of Historic St. Paul AME Church in the Lexington District of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District.
 
A very blessed birthday to a special lady! Mrs. Erna Mothibi, Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society, celebrated her 80th birthday on the 3rd of September. She is the wife of superannuated minister, the Rev. Richard Mothibi. Mrs. Erna Mothibi has been an example to young and old and is presently very active, not only at her local church Gow Chapel Kraaifontein but with organizations such as the ministers' spouses; still caring for the younger generation and doing her utmost to share the secrets of the ministry with them. The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the 15th Episcopal District is indeed blessed to have men and women of the caliber of Mrs. Mothibi around that we may have an example in our midst of what it is like to love your God and His Church.

With great joy, we announce the birth of Steven Anthony Cousin, III, born Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. He was a healthy, bouncing 9 pound bundle of joy for his proud parents, the Rev. Steven A. Cousin, Jr. and Dr. Christina Dickerson Cousin.  Rev. Cousin is the pastor of Bethel A.M. E. Church, New Haven, Connecticut. Steven, III, is the grandson of Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, Retired General Officer, and Mrs. Mary A.E. Dickerson; Presiding Elder Steven A. Cousin, Sr., Kansas Nebraska District AMEC and Mrs. Linda Cousin; and Mr. Lorenzo Henderson and Mrs. Sybil Henderson of Bristol, Pennsylvania.  Retired Bishop Philip R. and Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin are the proud great-grandparents. 

 The Rev. Dr. Charlotte Ann Blake Sydnor has accepted a position as Adjunct Faculty at Argosy University Nashville in the Counseling Education and Psychology Doctoral Program as of August 29, 2013. Dr. Sydnor will instruct pastors, lay ministers and counselors/therapists in Pastoral Community Counseling as they strive to receive their Ed D degrees. Please keep the pastor in prayer as she serves the church and community.
  
The Reverend Dr. H. Charles Farris, Presiding Elder of the Phoenix Albuquerque District, Desert Mountain Annual Conference of the Fifth Episcopal District retired on August 24, 2013 after 45 years of ministerial service. On Saturday, September 21, 2013 retired Presiding Elder H. Charles Farris and Mrs. Rayjo Farris will renew their 50th Anniversary Wedding vows in a formal ceremony at the Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 20 South Eighth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 at 1pm; the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Thomas, Sr. is the pastor and officiant.

Congratulations to "Historic" Allen Chapel's Youth Minister, Rev. Cynthia Womack, who received the "TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD" last evening at L.B. Johnson Elementary School - Grand Prairie, Texas where she is employed as a Music Teacher. Rev. Cynthia is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Raymond (Irene) Womack. Rev. Raymond Womack is a member of the Ministerial Staff of "Historic" Allen Chapel AME Church, Forth Worth, Texas, where the Rev. Dr. Sherryl Matlock is pastor.

Congratulations to Miss Chasity Clarissa Broughton, daughter of Ms. Yvette Broughton, and granddaughter of the Late Rev. Dennis W. Broughton, Sr. and Mrs. Wilhelmenia B. Broughton (7th Episcopal District WMS Treasurer) and the niece of Rev. Dennis W. Broughton, Jr. Chasity received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, May 11, 2013, from Georgia Southern University.
 
Congratulations to Mr. Rickey Eugene Taylor, son of Dr. Wilma Broughton and the grandson of the Late Rev. Dennis W. Broughton Sr. and Mrs. Wilhelmenia B. Broughton, (7th Episcopal District WMS Treasurer), and the nephew of Rev. Dennis W. Broughton, Jr.  Rickey received his Bachelor of Science Degree, May 10, 2013 from Clemson University.
 
Reverend Nachia Mion Woods, itinerant deacon at St. Paul AMEC, Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Cum Laude, on May 11, 2013.
 
Ms. Raqueal Marie Pullums, daughter of the Reverend Reginald Pullums, pastor of St. Paul AMEC, Woodburn, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Louisville, Bachelor of Science on May 11, 2013.
 
The Reverend Janet Seay, Local Elder, Greater Taylor AME Church of the West Kentucky Conference, graduated from David Lipscomb University, Bachelors of Science on May 4, 2013.
 
  Congratulations to the Reverend Lula Martin Sanderson and Mr. Jamal L. Sanderson on the birth of a baby girl, weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches in length; Lucinda Patti Sanderson was born on Tuesday, November 19, 2013,  9:41 AM at the Methodist Hospital-Germantown, Memphis, Tennessee. The Reverend Lula Martin Sanderson is the pastor of Wilson Chapel AME Church, 80 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, Tennessee. She is the daughter of the Reverend Linda Thomas-Martin, Presiding Elder, South Memphis District-West Tennessee Conference  of the 13th Episcopal District and the Reverend Elmer Shedd Martin, Pastor of Brown Chapel AME Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
LeTishia Dowdell Johnson, daughter-in-law of Presiding Elder Ralph and Patricia Johnson of the West Kentucky Conference, graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University, Masters of Education on May 4, 2013.
 
Presiding Elder Ralph E. Johnson, Louisville-Paducah District of the West Kentucky Conference, will graduate from Union University, Masters of Theology in Christian Studies on May 18, 2013.
 
 Congratulations to the Rev. Arnold A. Porter who received his Masters of Divinity with honors from St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Florida on May 11, 2013. He is the pastor of Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Orlando, Florida located in the 11th Episcopal District. 
 
Congratulations to Adam Scott Green, the son of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. and Dr. Ava SB Green, who graduated on May 16, 2013 from Medstar Washington Hospital Center-Washington, DC Department of Spiritual Care, Clinical Pastoral Care after completing the requirements of one unit of Level I Clinical Pastoral Education according to the standards of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
 
Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, was honored with The Humanitarian Award of the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. at the 50th Annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Luncheon on Saturday, April 27th.  
 
Corey Edward Sydnor, grandson of the Rev. Dr. Calvin and the Rev. Dr. Charlotte B. Sydnor commissioned U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant and will graduate from Morehouse College. The Rev. Dr. Calvin  and the Rev. Dr. Charlotte B. Sydnor share the good news that their grandson, Corey Michael Sydnor will graduate from Morehouse College on Sunday May 19, 2013 with a degree in biology. On Monday, May 13, 2013, he will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps. Soon to be 2nd Lieutenant Corey Sydnor is the son of Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor IV and Joanna Wells Sydnor of Hampton Virginia.
 
Retired General Officer and Presiding Elder Kenneth and Dr. Roberta Hill, share great news of the graduation of their Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary will confer the Reverend Kamas C. Hill with a Doctor of Philosophy in American Religious History on May 17, 2013.
  
Tiffany M. Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman Kelly, Jr. and Linda Kelly, Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, LA completed her freshman year at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. Tiffany made the Dean's List in H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business for the Fall with a GPA of 3.8 and the Spring with a GPA of 3.6. She was also initiated in the Alpha Kappa Psi, a Business Fraternity. Due to her performance she was invited to enroll in the honors program at Nova Southeastern in which only 10 percent of the student body is invited.

The family of Marcus Louis Harvey proudly announces the educational milestone of his doctoral graduation.  Marcus is the son of Dr. Louis Charles Harvey, Presiding Elder Potomac District, Washington Annual Conference of the 2nd Episcopal District and Sharon E. Jefferson of the 3rd Episcopal District, Dayton, Ohio. On Monday, May 13, 2013 Marcus will be conferred with Distinction, the Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Religion by Emory University - Laney Graduate School, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Rev. Anthony R. Sanders, Pastor of Ebenezer AMEC in Cape Charles, VA, has been promoted to MASTER CHIEF, the highest rank he can go in the NAVY.  The ceremony was held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the BAE Shipyard. He shares this joy with his wife, Jennifer, children and his family.
    
Reverend Lula Martin Sanderson, daughter of Presiding Elder Linda F. Thomas-Martin, Presiding Elder, South Memphis District, 13th Episcopal District and Reverend and Mrs. Elmer S. Martin, 3rd Episcopal District, received her Masters of Divinity Degree, May 18, 2013, from Memphis Theological Seminary.
  
Derek A. Griffin graduated from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Friday, May 10th, with a Bachelor's Degree in History and with minors in Political Science and Secondary Education. He will be continuing his education by going into the teaching internship for certification as well as working towards a Degree in Teacher Education. Derek is the son of the late Rev. Phillip B. Griffin, Sr., former itinerant elder in the 13th Episcopal District and Mrs. Doreen Griffin, a member of Bethel AME Church, Chattanooga, TN.
  
On April 23, 2013, Dr. Joanne E Williams Cooper, Wife of General Secretary, Dr. Jeffery Cooper was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society at a banquet in her honor at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. where she serves on the School of Medicine Faculty.  The selection was based on her outstanding scholastic achievement, integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with colleagues.

Retired Presiding Elder Robert E. Keesee, North Nashville District, Tennessee Conference, 13th Episcopal District, had conferred upon him the Honorary Doctorate Degree by Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, Leah Gaskin Fitchue, Ed.D, President, on May 17, 2013 during the commencement exercises. Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot, retired, presented the Reverend Robert E. Keesee for his honorary degree.

Cara Leigh Davis has been selected for a summer internship as an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) undergraduate researcher at Claflin University. She is working with Research Mentor Dr. Jianguo Chen, researching, and conducting experiments on Fluorescence and the Taq Man Probe, using methods such as Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP), Short Tandem Repeat (STR), Real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) all forms of Genotyping.  She and her fellow lab intern will create a Taqman Probe from an assigned sequence of DNA. Cara will also teach high school students laboratory basics and assist them in experiments.  Cara's research grant is funded by the National Science Foundation. Cara is a junior biology major at Claflin University, where she is a Chapel Assistant and a member of the Concert Choir, an Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor.  Cara is the granddaughter of Bishop and Mrs. Z.L. Grady (ret.), the daughter of Felita Grady Davis and the late Melvin Davis, the niece of Rev. Carey A Grady, (India), and Mrs. Constance Grady -Woodberry (Kenneth).

Congratulations To Rev. Dr. Joan L. Wharton and Mr. and Mrs. Simeon and Danielle Wharton on the Birth of a Baby Boy.“Praise The Lord!!!  We are praising God for the birth of Austin Jonah Wharton, born Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.  Baby Austin Jonah Wharton weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces. Baby Austin is the fourth grand-child and first grand-son of Pastor Joan L. Wharton, pastor of  Evergreen A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the second child of Simeon and Danielle Wharton, officers of Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church, Baltimore, Maryland.  The late grandmother Joyce D. Harrod would be very proud. 

 Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch, widow of The Late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, will celebrate her 103rd Birthday on Friday, August 2, 2013.  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, Clarksville, Tennessee 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.

2013 was indeed a 'Year of Supernatural Surplus' at Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Liberia. Please join us in celebrating two important milestones in our pastor's life.  Dr. Katurah York Cooper accepted the invitation of the Honorable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia to serve on the Committee on Grievance and Ethics of the Judiciary. The Grievance and Ethics Committee of the Judiciary is responsible to investigate unethical conduct of lawyers, and make recommendations to the Supreme Court of actions to be taken against lawyers found guilty. Dr. Cooper is the first Christian cleric (male or female) to serve on this committee. We also congratulate our pastor for serving as the Baccalaureate Preacher at the 95th Commencement Exercises of the University of Liberia. She spoke to over 1200 graduates on the theme "Don't Despise Your Birthright".

We are pleased to announce that on August 4, 2013, Rev. Felicia R. Bagneris was joined in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Lloyd Eugene McCloud. Rev. Felicia Bagneris McCloud is the current Coordinator of the Southern California Conference Women In Ministry and serves as an Associate Minister at First AME Church in Pasadena, California.  Mr. McCloud is a member at the City of Refuge in Gardena, California, and Owner/Proprietor of Sincerely Yours Luv, LLC, in Los Angeles. Rev. Felicia is the youngest daughter born to the late Rev. Jules S. Bagneris, Jr., who pastored in the AME Church for over 40 years before his passing in 1983, and to the late Mrs. Annie Bell Bagneris, who served with him as First Lady, Gospel Psalmist, Licensed Evangelist and WMS Life Member before her passing in 2003. The newly married couple will celebrate their union at a wedding party with family and friends on September 28, 2013, at the Wilfandel Clubhouse in Los Angeles, California, with world renowned Jazz and Blues Legend, Barbara Morrison. Congratulations, Mr. and Rev. Mrs. Lloyd McCloud!

10th Episcopal District Supervisor Stan McKenzie celebrates his birthday, Sunday, October 6, 2013

 Desmond Lamont Postell, the son of Presiding Elder and Mrs. Joseph Postell, Columbia Conference, Newberry-Spartenburg District, graduated with a Masters Degree in Management and Human Resources on September 29th from the University of Phoenix, Atlanta, GA.

Pastor David Malcom, Jr. & Mrs. True Love Malcom will celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary on Friday, November 1, 2013. Rev. Malcom is pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church - Bremerton, Washington.

Tiffany Kelly, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Herman O. Kelly Jr., Pastor and First Lady, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been selected as a Nova Southeastern University Student Ambassador in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 
 
The Reverend Clinton E. Ward III and Mrs. Darlene Ward, Senior Pastor and First Lady of Wayman AME Church, Chicago, Illinois are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Marquita Renee Ward from the Eastern Illinois University of Charleston, Illinois with a Master of Arts degree in Gerontology, commencing on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

First AME Church, Manassas, Va. Board of Stewards, its Board of Trustees, and congregation will be honoring and celebrating 20 years of pastoral leadership by Pastor Ronald A. Boykin and the unwavering devotion of Lady Helen Boykin, on Sunday December 15, 2013.  We will recognize and commemorate their 20 years of faithful and dedicated service, commitment, and leadership at First AME Church and to the communities of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.  support; they have been a real blessing to our congregation and to the community. 

Gwendolyn Charlesa Lee, the daughter of the Reverend Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt will have her Master of Social Work degree conferred upon her from Clark-Atlanta University on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Panther Stadium in Atlanta Georgia.

On January 1, 2014, James Avery Alexander, Jr. married the love of his life, Symone Lashai Michelle Cook. They married in a private ceremony in Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH. James serves on the General Board of the ame church as a youth member, representing the Sixth Episcopal District.  He is currently pursuing a J.D./M.Div. dual degree at Vanderbilt University (Law and Divinity Schools) in Nashville, TN.  Symone is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (specializing in Polymer Nanofibers) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. James is the son of Rev. James and Charmaine Alexander of the Sixth Episcopal District and the grandson of Mrs. Ruby J. Alexander, widow of the late Rev. Robert H. Alexander, Sr. of Oklahoma City, OK.

It is with great Joy that the 50th birthday celebration (29 January) of the Cape Annual Conference's Women's Missionary Society President Mrs. Dellarees Messiah is shared. She is the daughter of the late Rev. Shortels of the 15th Episcopal District. Mrs. Messiah has proved to be an asset to the women of the Cape, industriously serve God and her Zion, ensuring that every fellowship meeting takes the mission to a higher level. Her transparency, accountability and responsibility for the work entrusted is a legacy to treasure. A hard taskmaster indeed and not really favored by those who are slothful with the Master's work. I am sure the 15th Episcopal District is honored and favored to have a servant of her caliber in their midst.

Stephen A. Green, son of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. and Dr. Ava S. B. Green, selected as one of the 25 exceptional individuals who comprise the 2014 Young Futurists, the Root's annual list of emerging leaders in the African-American community(See the letter of selection )Congratulations! On behalf of The Root, I am pleased to inform you of your selection as one of the 25 exceptional individuals who comprise our 2014 Young Futurists, The Root’s annual list of emerging leaders in the African-American community.The Root, the premier online source of news and commentary for African-Americans, used recommendations from your professional associates, school advisors, community leaders as well as online research to identify you as one of The Young Futurists. Your exemplary leadership and incredible talents set you apart from your peers and we applaud your accomplishments and your influence and we celebrate your potential to impact our country and our world. It is evident that your voice resonates with an inspiring message of hope, positivity and change for your generation. You can see the entire 2014 Young Futurists list, including your profile, at www.theroot.com.

The Retired Reverend Heyward A. Hinton of the 7th Episcopal District, the Columbia Conference, will celebrate his 80th Birthday on January 5, 2014.

The Reverend Gertrude Trescott will celebrate her 85th birthday on January 10, 2014.  Reverend Trescott is a retired Pastor from the Palmetto Conference of the 7th Episcopal District. She is the former Worship Leader/Chaplin for the Women In Ministry Organization. As of this birthday, Reverend Trescott has a preaching ministry of 60 years.  Currently, she continues her preaching ministry, does workshops and leads Bible Study groups.  She is a member of Moncks Corner AME Church, Moncks Corner, South Carolina, where she works diligently with her Pastor.  She is a P.K. and the mother of Sister Tanya Harper.

Wishing the Rev. Granville Abrahams, pastor of Payne Chapel in the Cape Annual Conference a belated blessed 60th birthday, Monday 27th January 2014. The Rev. Abrahams is one of the most senior pastors in the Cape Annual Conference rendering service to His Master and His Zion for more than 40 years. One of the pastors who know what it is like to serve God's people in suburban as well as rural areas. We praise God for this stalwart, who has stood the test of time against the wind rain, storms and sunshine, always witnessing that the grace of God is able to protect and undergird any saints who from time to time succumbs to the wiles of the Prince of Darkness. He is a witness to and testimony to the word as found in Psalm 21:11.  We wish Him Godspeed for the days ahead and may every rung go higher and higher.

The Rev. E. Anne Henning Byfield, Presiding Elder of the North District, Indiana Annual Conference, Fourth Episcopal District, has successfully defended her Doctor of Ministry dissertation on February 22, 2014 from Ashland Theological Seminary.  The title of her dissertation is "The Effects on Short Notice Appointments of Itinerant Pastors in the North District Indiana Annual Conference Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church."   This dissertation examined the various aspects of short notice pastoral transitioning and its impact on itinerant pastors.  This groundbreaking research will be used in helping pastors, churches, and their families.

The Rev. Clive and Mrs. Beryl Pillay of the 15th Episcopal District Announces the Birth of their third grandchild. Our family is eternally grateful for the birth of our third grandchild, Phoebe Grace Moses, our daughter Esther and her husband Ralton Moses. God has never ceased being busy in the miracle-working department and we are thankful that we can report that both mother and daughter are in good health. Sin

The Reverend Sherri E. Wood-Powe, Ordained Elder, Washington Annual Conference, Second Episcopal District, successfully defended her Doctor of Ministry dissertation on January 30, 2014 from Saint Paul School of Theology (Kansas City, Missouri).  The title of her dissertation is "Worship Liturgy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: Use It Don't Lose It."  This dissertation examined the AME worship liturgy and its benefit of promoting inter-generational worship not worship segregated by age.  This groundbreaking research can be used to assist congregations and pastors in utilizing the formal worship liturgy of the AME Church for inter-generational worship instead of getting rid of the worship liturgy.

The Reverend William Charles and Mrs. Leatricia Edith Legolie celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary on March 24, 2014. Rev. and Mrs. Legolie serve as the pastoral couple of The Cathedral of Vinton Anderson AME Church in Eerste Rivier, Cape Town, South Africa under the Presiding Eldership of the Rev. Samuel G. Engelbrecht, and the Rt. Rev. David R. Daniels, Presiding Prelate, Fifteenth Episcopal District.They are the parents of two adult children, the Rev. Charlin Legolie and Ms. Leaverne Legolie and the grandparents of three young boys; Master Chandler K-Ci Williams, Master Zachariah William Legolie and Master Isaiah Joel Legolie.

The South Carolina Black EXPO has named Jason C. Darby, Director of Marketing for the University of South Carolina's Palmetto College, to the 2014 "Forty Under Forty" Achievers' list.  Mr. Darby is the son of the Reverend Joseph A. and Mrs. Mary B. Darby, Presiding Elder and Consultant of the Beaufort District, South Carolina Conference, Seventh Episcopal District.

The widow of the late Bishop Hamel Hartford Brookins, Rev. Rosalynn Kyle Brookins, M.Div., Senior Pastor of Walker Temple A. M. E. Church in Los Angeles California, has been invited to Korea by Pastor Ock Soo Park, the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Good News Church.

 Congratulations to (J.A.) James A. Alexander, Jr., Sixth Episcopal District. J.A. recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with a degree in Psychology. Last year, J.A. received his license to preach, and he was elected to serve as the Youth member of the General Board for the Sixth Episcopal District.  Please pray for him as he furthers his education in Seminary and Law School at Vanderbilt University. He is the son of Rev. James A. Alexander, Sr., Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, Columbus, GA and Mrs. Charmaine Alexander, Financial Secretary of CONN-M-SWAWO, Plus, P.K.s.

Congratulations to Mrs. Lillian M. Joubert on the birth of her grandson, H.A. Joubert. Baby H.A. is the son of Cedric George and Ronell Joubert. "Thanking God that all went well with the birth and that both mother and baby enjoys excellent health." Mrs. Lillian M. Joubert, is the widow of the late Reverend Henry Aaron Joubert, Presiding Elder, Cape Conference, 15th Episcopal District.

The Reverend Dr. Goodwin Douglas recently announced his retirement after 55 years in ministry. He formally retired during the 64th Session of the Washington Annual Conference in April 2014. For the past 20 years he served as the Presiding Elder of the Capitol District of the Washington Annual Conference. As Presiding Elder he led over 40 congregations and more than 40,000 members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Under his leadership, the Capitol District grew spiritually, financially, and numerically. A grand Retirement Celebration is being planned to honor the Reverend Dr. Goodwin Douglas and his 55 years in ministry. The event will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at Martins Crosswinds, in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Rev. Theodore Payne IV, Senior Pastor, Quinn Community AME Church, Moreno Valley, California was married to Jennifer Michelle Negron' on June 7th at St. Paul AME Church in San Bernardino, CA. Reverend Payne, affectionately known as "Pastor P" has served Quinn Community Church for three years; he has also served as the Senior Pastor of Ward Chapel, Mexico, Missouri; and Wayman Chapel, Billings, Montana. Reverend Payne is the grandson of the late Rev. Dr. V.L. Brenson and Mother Quintine Brenson; who served Bryant Temple AME Church in Los Angeles, CA for 34 years. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District officiated the ceremony.

Congratulations to the Rev. Amelia D. Graham for being conferred the Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling on June 7, 2014 at Ecumenical Theological Seminary. The Rev. Amelia D. Graham serves as Associate Minister at Trinity A.M.E. Church in Detroit, MI, where the Rev. Dr. Alice F. Patterson is the Pastor. We are so very proud of her accomplishments.

It gives me great pleasure, privilege, gratitude and an equally sense of deep appreciation to our great Jehovah God Almighty for the graduation of my vivacious, beautiful, powerful woman of God, covenant partner in marriage and in her own right, a powerful Teacher & Preacher, the Reverend Faith Mundi Simfukwe-Mugala who graduated from our own famous Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 with a Masters of Divinity degree.  To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Keeps doing along with the Bountiful Blessings He keeps pouring on the Mugala family. "Congratulations my Darling Sweetheart for this great academic Achievement." The Rev. Paul M. Mugala Sr. (husband), proud Pastor of Shalom Tabernacle AME Church in Lusaka, Zambia, 17th Episcopal District

Ruth LaShonda Tisdale proudly graduated from The Wake Forest University School of Law on May 19, 2014.  Ruth is the immediate past President of the Southern Region Black Law Students Association, which covers Law Schools in nine (9) States and 46 Law Schools.  She received many certificates and awards during her tenure as President, and as a student at Wake Forest. Prior to her enrollment at Wake Forest, Ruth worked as a Newspaper Reporter for Roanoke News in Roanoke, Virginia.  She was one of the first reporters to arrive on the scene to cover the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. While studying for the Bar, Ruth is currently one of the musicians at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she plays the Piano, the organ, and directs the Male Chorus.  She has accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the District Attorney Office in Bronx, New York. Ruth is the youngest daughter of The Reverend Julius W. Tisdale, Pastor of St. Phillips AME Church in Monticello, FL.

Under the dynamic leadership of former Episcopal Supervisor, the Reverend Rosalynn Kyle Brookins and the " 2 Hearts Beat As One" Marriage Ministry, Walker Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California, hosted its first annual Community Health Fair. There were 32 community stakeholders and two elected Officials, Councilman Curren Price and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, in attendance. An array of services were provided such as: Pepperdine University under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, provided mental health screening; Good News Korean Church provided immunization; Black Women for Wellness, healthy eating demonstration Brand New Day - Cover California; St. Vincent Hospital - Vision, Bio-Data-glucose testing; Ruby House - shelter for women and children, Break-the-Cycle, (domestic violence), Free-N-One drug and alcohol program; F. A. M. E. Los Angeles Foster Care Services, SCLC, El Santa niño-Tae kwon do demonstration for (Special Needs) WIC, HEAD START, not to mention that there were more than 300 bags of groceries given to the community. Taking back the community one step at a time using the wholistic approach.

Bishop Frederick H. Talbot and Dr. Sylvia R. Talbot will observe the 56th anniversary of their marriage on July 11th, 2014.  For God's mercies still endure, ever faithful, ever sure!

Please join us in congratulating our daughter, Pamela Ifunanya Aseme and new son-in-law Samuel Elliott Terrell II for their moment of Holy Matrimony on July 5, 2014. The happy couple will honeymoon in the Bahamas. The Rev. Barbara A. Ross performed the marriage ceremony. We are very proud of our daughter and new son. May God bless them with many years of happiness and sweet memories! Dr. Eraina M. Ross-Aseme is the Pastor of Gregg Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, Kansas City, MO and Mr. Patrick Chukwidifu Aseme, R.N. is the 1st gentleman.

Congratulations to Julius Harrison McAllister, III, grandson of Bishop McKinley and Dr. Dorothy Young (3rd District) of Columbus, Ohio and Bishop Julius and Mrs. Joan McAllister, Sr. (8th District) of Jackson, Mississippi and the eldest son of the Reverend Julius and Mrs. Deana Young McAllister, Jr., Pastor and First Lady of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Tallahassee, Florida.  In June Julius was inducted into the Tallahassee Chapter of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc.  The DYG of America, Inc. firmly stands on the principles of Manly Deeds, Academic Excellence and Servant Leadership

Congratulations to Jennifer Renee Lowe, granddaughter of Bishop McKinley and Dr. Dorothy Young (3rd District) of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Leola Lowe and the late Mr. Edward R. Lowe of Brunswick, Georgia.  Jennifer is the eldest daughter of Mr. Ron and Mrs. Karyn Young-Lowe of Alta Loma, California. Jennifer recently graduated from Claremont High School, Claremont, California and will continue her education in the fall at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.  Jennifer and her family are members of Ward AME Church in Los Angeles.

 Congratulations to Stephanie Young, youngest daughter of Bishop McKinley and Dr. Dorothy Young (3rd District).  On Monday, July 14th the Office of the House Minority Whip, Steny H. Hoyer D-MD, announced that Stephanie Young, Hoyer's National Press Secretary, will be heading to the White House.  Hoyer said, "Stephanie has done a tremendous job as my National Press Secretary.  She has been a wonderful resource for the press and a key part of House Democrats' messaging efforts, and I wish her all the best as she heads to the White House."  Stephanie will serve as an associate communications director for the White House.  She has already worked with President Barack Obama, first as the regional press secretary in Florida for Obama's re-election campaign and again in 2013 as director of constituency press for the presidential inaugural committee.  Stephanie is a member of Allen AME Church in Washington, D.C.

Sheiler Stokes earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  The project, "Using Communal Power to Bridge the Gap Between Members of the Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church," was defended in July 2014. The Rev. Dr. Sheiler Stokes, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Jeffersonville, Indiana, is the Indiana Conference Coordinator of Women in Ministry.

The Reverend Dorothy Millicent Morris of Georgetown, Guyana, first female Presiding Elder in our denomination observed her 102nd birthday on July 21st.

Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch, widow of the late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, will celebrate her 104th birthday on August 2, 2014. 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.

 Presiding Elder Albert D. Tyson, III and AME India Ambassador Robin H. Tyson are privileged and take great delight in announcing the arrival of their Grandson, Albert D. Tyson, V (Quint). He made his entrance into this world at 12:34 p.m., July 16, 2014. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 4oz. His Parents are Albert IV and Shenika. His Aunt is former Connectional YPD Officer, Annjeanette M. Tyson. Everybody is well. Praise the Lord!

Episcopal Supervisor Stan McKenzie, Tenth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Paul Quinn College during the May 3, 2014 Commencement Convocation which will be held at 10:00 am on the campus of Paul Quinn College, located at 3837 Simpson Stuart Road Dallas, Texas 75241. Convocation will be held on the Lawn of the Richard Allen Chapel.

Mrs. Dianna Brown Golphin was conferred the Master of Science in Management Degree at Indiana Weslyian University on April 26th. Mrs. Golphin is the spouse of the Rev. Kenneth J. Golphin and First Lady of Youngs Chapel AME Church in Louisville, KY. She is the President of the 13th Episcopal District Minister's Spouses, and a 1979 graduate of Claflin College (now University), an HBCU in Orangeburg, SC.

Rev. Carla Lorraine Bouie and Michaela Monique Bouie, daughters of Rev. Michael K. Bouie, Senior Pastor at Mt. Hermon AME Church, Miami Gardens, Fl., and Mrs. Barbara M. Bouie, Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Fl. are graduating.  Rev. Carla will receive the Master of Divinity Degree with an Emphasis in Pastoral Care and Church and Community Leadership on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10 am from Candler School of Theology, Emory University.  Her graduation ceremonies will be held in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1660 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, Ga.  30307.  Michaela will receive the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education in Urban Studies on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1 pm from Edward Waters College. Her graduation ceremonies will be held in the Adams/Jenkins Music and Sports Complex, 1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL.  32209.

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah A. Alexander, daughter of The Reverend Dr. Floyd W. Alexander, Sr., Administrative Assistant to Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District, upon receiving her PhD. in Nurse Practice from Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA.  Commencement exercises will take place Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Tiffany Marie Kelly, the daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Mrs. Linda M. Kelly, Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was a national winner of the Stephen and Chrissy Vasquez Scholarship. She was one of the forty National award winners from Universities around the country.

For a second consecutive year, Attorney Yulise Reaves Waters' name has been added to the Wall of Honor at Dallas City Hall for excellence in service to the citizens of Dallas. An Assistant City Attorney and West Dallas Community Court Prosecutor for the City of Dallas, Attorney Waters was commended for her service in a public ceremony on April 29, 2014 at Dallas City Hall by A. C. Gonzales, Dallas City Manager. The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters is featured this month on the cover of the literary edition of the national Gospel magazine Epitome Magazine. Dr. Waters has also been named "Best Author" in The Dallas Weekly's Best of Black Dallas 2014 Readership Poll.

Charity Battle earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Dr. Lisa K. Battle earned her degree of Doctor of Psychology from Tennessee State University on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Charity and Lisa are the daughters of Rev. Milton and Mrs. Doris T. Battle, pastor and first lady of Paynes Chapel AME Church, Hillsborough, North Carolina (2nd Episcopal District).

Stephen Avare` Green graduated from Morehouse College on May 18, 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Religion (3.5 gpa). Stephen will be attending Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Adam Scott Green graduated from Georgetown University on May 16, 2014 with a Masters Degree in Liberal Studies.  Adam's thesis title was "Black Mariology".

Samuel L. Green, Jr. graduated from Garrett Evangelical Seminary on May 16, 2014 with a Masters of Divinity Degree.

 Mrs. Laurelyn W. Williams was honored by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Alliance Black School Educators (MMABSE) as Teacher of the Year. The gala was held at the Wisconsin Center on May 3, 2014. Mrs. Williams is a fourth grade teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools District. She is the wife of the Rev. Darryl R. Williams, pastor of St. Mark AME Church, Milwaukee, WI.

Congratulations to Mrs. Ella Mae Whitted, who celebrated her 98th birthday on May 16, 2014.  She is the mother of Dr. Betty Whitted Holley, Presiding Elder of the Springfield/Xenia District in the Ohio Conference, Third Episcopal District and Professor of Environmental Ethics and African American Religious Studies at Payne Seminary.

On May 5th, 2014, Sis. Gloria Burgess of the Bermuda Conference of the First Episcopal District  was named Nurse of the Year by the Bermuda Nurses Council. Sis Burgess is the wife of the Rev. Dr. Milton Burgess, Pastor of St. Luke AME Church, St. David's Bermuda. First Lady Burgess was chosen from over 600 nurses in the small island of Bermuda for this honour after over thirty-five years of dedicated service in the field of nursing.

We celebrate new life! On Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11:41 am, Almighty God blessed Bro. Myles David and Rev. DeLishia Boykin David with a beautiful baby girl, Mycah Alexandrea Boykin David. Mycah means "who is like God" and Alexandrea means "defender of mankind." Her proud grandparents are the Rev. Ronald and Mrs. Helen Boykin, the pastor and First Lady of the historic Seaton Memorial A.M.E. Church of Lanham.

Congratulations  are extended to Cara Leigh Davis on being awarded a second  internship in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Claflin University. As part of a grant funded by the Department of Energy and the Office of Environmental Science, this internship focuses on Heavy Metal Bioremediation. Cara is a senior biology major at Claflin University, in  Orangeburg SC. Cara was chosen by freshman students  this spring as "Peer Mentor" of the year, and  will serve as the  Lead  Orientation  Leader for the fall semester. Cara also serves as the 7th Episcopal District YPD Financial Secretary. She is the daughter of Felita Grady Davis and the late Melvin Davis. She is the granddaughter of Bishop and Mother Z.L. Grady (ret).  She is the niece of Rev. Carey A. Grady and Mrs. India Clemons Grady, and Constance Grady-Woodberry and Kenneth Woodberry, Esq.

 It is said, "Time waits for no one" But what a time it has been!   During my time, I have climbed many hills and mountains, roamed through many valleys and deserts, crossed many stormy seas. However' after 90 years, I praise God for sending me " my Knight in Shinning Armor, and the many "Camelot" moments that made it all possible and so enjoyable. It made the things of earth grow strangely dim and helped me to keep moving forward with love, grace and deep appreciation. It is truly HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!*Christene Helen Knew Chambliss (June 23, 1924)

Congratulations to LT Nancy F. R. Crews on her assignment as the chaplain for 5th Battalion, 11th Marines!  Chaplain Crews is a Navy Chaplain from the 3rd Episcopal District and the first woman to be assigned to this position in the history of this Marine Corps unit.

The Cape Annual Conference joins the Legolie family in celebrating the 101st birthday celebration (31 August) of superannuate minister the Reverend Henry J. Legolie, emeritus presiding Elder.

The Reverend Kenneth J. and Mrs. Dianna B. Golphin proudly announce the birth of their first grandchild, Evalynn "Eva" Niriah Golphin, born on September 2, 2014 at 4:01pm to their oldest child, Chastity Renee Golphin.  Eva entered the world at 6lbs 2oz, 19 1/2 inches long, and has already captured the hearts of Pawpaw and Granny! Chastity is a winter 2009 graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Political Science and is employed with Homewood Suites by Hilton. The Reverend Kenneth Golphin is pastor of Youngs Chapel AME Church in Louisville, KY.

 The Reverend and Mrs. Stanley Stevens Dawson Sr. (Pamela) of the South Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on March 30, 2014.  Rev. Dawson is currently the pastor of Greater Mount Pleasant African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hollywood Florida, the Rev. Vincent Floyd Mitchell, Central District, South Conference is the Presiding Elder and the Right Rev. Adam Jefferson Richardson is the Presiding Prelate of the Eleventh Episcopal District and the Bahamas, Dr. Connie S. Richardson, Supervisor.

The Reverend Ann Riley, Pastor of Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Church, Cantonment, on the Pensacola-Marianna District who had her humble beginning at Hurst Chapel A.M.E.C., 707 North "C", Pensacola has completed all of the requirements at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio to receive her Master of Divinity Degree. Graduation is scheduled for May 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

 Congratulations to Rev Jerome Gordon, Presiding Elder of the Worcester District in the Cape Annual Conference, 15th Episcopal District whose daughter, Ivana Kim Gordon graduated from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town Campus in Tourism Management. Ivana will be off to Disney World Florida, USA, to explore a new venture later during the year. The 15th Episcopal District of African Methodism is proud of its sons and daughters. Press on!

On September 22, 2014 during the 20th Anniversary of The Atlanta Gospel Choice Awards Gala at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA., the Rev. Dr. Jeffery B. Cooper Sr., General Secretary/CIO, was honored along with 19 other ministry leaders in the Atlanta Community for their effective ministry and community outreach with the Chosen Award for the Second time.  Dr. Cooper was first honored by this group in 1998 as recipient of the Gospel Choice Chosen Pastor Award.

The widow of the late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins, Former Episcopal Supervisor, the Reverend Rosalynn Kyle Brookins, Senior Pastor of Walker Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, California was invited by Mr. Danny Bakewell owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper (the largest black newspaper in California) and other elected officials from around the city to attend a private leadership reception on Tuesday, September 30th, at 5:00 pm.  The honoree was Dr. Nkosazana Zuma.  He is the President of the African Union Commission and reportedly the next President of South Africa.  The legacy continues.

The Reverend Jamal Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church, Baltimore, Maryland; son of Bishop John R. Bryant, Presiding Prelate, Fourth Episcopal District; Senior Bishop of the AME Church and the Reverend Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, Senior Episcopal Supervisor; hosts African American Lawyers for C.O.P.S. Seminar to Offer Black Youths Tips On How to Deal With Police, BCNN1 - Black Christian News Network. The seminar, hosted by the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, the church's pastor, was designed to equip parents and young people with do's and don'ts for police interactions. The discussion followed recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., where police killed 16-year-old Michael Brown, and in Baltimore, where an investigation by The Sun found more than 100 people have won court settlements stemming from allegations of police brutality and civil rights violations in the past four years. The lawyers - Evans, Heather Pinkney, Jay Wyndell Gordon, Regina Scott, Ivan Bates, Derrick Hamlin and Brian McDaniel - offered tips. Some were as common-sense as acting respectfully toward police. Others spoke to the seriousness of the trust deficit that exists between some officers and citizens.

The Orlando Life Magazine partnered with Martindale-Hubbell to collaboratively share the list of lawyers who have reached the highest level of ethical standards and professional excellence.  Derek E.  Bruce, Esq., Shareholder, Gunster, Yoakley, and Stewart was selected one of the top-rated lawyers practicing Government Law. As the Team Leader for the Orlando office, he travels extensively  between the 11 offices in Florida and  Washington, D.C. During the legislative sessions in Tallahassee, FL, he serves as a Lobbyist.  He is the youngest son born to the union of the late Dr. Y. B. Bruce, former General Officer and Presiding Elder at the time of his demise and Gloria S. Bruce.  

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce that Bishop John Hurst Adams, retired Senior Bishop of the AME Church, will be inducted into the International Civil Rights "Walk of Fame". The "Walk of Fame" was created to honor true history makers who fought in the struggle for equality. The "Walk of Fame" provides an opportunity for visitors to walk in the footsteps of those who walked the long and difficult path to achieve the promise of America. The "Walk of Fame" is located at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site in Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Adams will be inducted into the "Walk of Fame" on Friday January 24, 2014 at 10:00am as part of the 2014 Trumpet Awards. The public is invited. Previous inductees include: Rosa Parks, President Lyndon B Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, President Bill Clinton, Julian Bond, Sindey Poitier, President Jimmy Carter, Stevie Wonder, Harry Belafonte and others.

Tiffany Marie Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor and Linda M. Kelly, First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was selected as a member of President 64 of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. President 64 is an elite group of students; undergraduate and graduate, that serves as the Presidents representatives for the community and the University.  It is an invitation only, handpicked group and membership is limited to 64.  Representatives must maintain high academic records and be active in campus organizations. Tiffany is a junior majoring in Sports Management and Computer Science.

The Reverend Leroy Taylor, a retired pastor in the Louisiana Conference, 8th Episcopal District, celebrates his 75th Birthday, October 11, 2014.  The Reverend Leroy Taylor is the husband of Mrs. Joyce J. Taylor, President of the Louisiana Conference M-SWAWO.

On October 7th, the Reverend Lanxton Washington and Mrs. Deborah Washington celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Reverend Lanxton Washington is the pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Pennsauken, New Jersey, Camden Area of New Jersey Conference, First Episcopal District.  Mrs. Washington is the Constitution and Bylaws Chair of CONN-M-SWAWO, Plus P.K.'s and also the 2nd Vice President of the First Episcopal District M-SWAWO. Reverend and Mrs. Lanxton Washington are the parents of two children, Alexis Washington and Langston Washington.

Bishop Clement W. Fugh, Presiding Prelate, 14th Episcopal District and Episcopal Supervisor Alexia Fugh, are the proud grandparents of their second grandchild, Paul Steven Joseph lll, born on 10/30/14 at 8:57am, weighing 7lbs. 5oz. and 20-1/2 inches long. The delighted parents are Marcia Dionne Fugh Joseph and Paul Steven Joseph, ll, and proud sister, Little Miss Taylor Joseph.

The Green Family announces the birth of Henry England Green, IV at 7lbs 7ozs 19 inches on October 20, 2014 at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Henry IV is the son of Rev. Henry E. Green, III and Mrs. Heather Green and brother of London Green of Payne Chapel, West Palm Beach, Florida. He is the grandson of Rev. Dr. Henry E. Green, Jr. and Mrs. Jennifer Green, and the nephew of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., Dean John F. and Supervisor Phyllis Green, Dr. David and Mrs. Kimberly Green, Bro. Phillip Green and Mrs. Minerva Green.

Rev. Carolyn Habersham, Pastor Greater Turner Chapel in Greensburg, LA and Connectional 1st VP Women In Ministry is the proud grandmother of Ian Michael Charles Brown born October 27, 2014 8lbs 14oz. 22 inches. The proud parents are Sterling and April Brown.

Reverend Bruce Points Sr., pastor of Zion A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia PA and Cassandra Points, a member of the 1st Episcopal District M-SWAWO, proudly announce the birth of their third granddaughter, Haviland Brooke Points. Baby Haviland, their "hallelujah grandbaby", was born on Oct. 31st 2014. She weighed 6lbs 9ozs and 201/2 long. The proud parents are Bruce Points Jr. and Danielle Points.

The Rev. Melvin E. Wilson, Presiding Elder, Brooklyn-Westchester District, and Director of Stewardship & Leadership Development, New York Annual Conference, 1st Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church proudly shares an article written by his oldest daughter, Lauren, which was picked up on Monday, November 3rd by the online edition of Ebony Magazine. Lauren is a 2014 graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. Her major was English. She is currently employed by Higher Heights for America of Brooklyn, NY, an agency which supports women who want to run for political office nationwide. http://www.ebony.com/news-views/will-young-blacks-rock-the-vote-once-again-403#ixzz3I1wFH3OM

Ruth LaShonda Tisdale, a proud graduate of The Wake Forest University School of Law on May 19, 2014, recently passed the New State Bar Examination.   She passed with a score high enough to allow her acceptance to the Washington, D. C. Bar, as well. Ruth is currently practicing law as an Assistant District Attorney with the District Attorney Office in Bronx, New York.  She wants to make a difference in caring for the system of justice as well as the people who come to and through it on both sides. She 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. She is the niece of The Rev. Glannie E. Tisdale, Pastor of New Mt Carmel AME Church; Hemingway, S. C.

The Rev. Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III and the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Sydnor are proud grandparents - Grandson 2nd Lieutenant Corey Sydnor graduated from U.S. Army Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He completed Jump School as a Paratrooper in 2012 at Fort Benning. He is a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College and is the son of Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor IV and Mrs. Joanna Wells Sydnor- Granddaughter, Amara Sydnor has a cumulative GPA of 4.0 at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati Ohio.  She is the daughter of Mr. Christopher Sydnor and Mrs. Doretha Jennings Sydnor - Grandson Antonio (Tony) Smith has been nominated for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence for Outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. Tony was nominated as a Delegate representing Westerville South High School (Westerville, Ohio) & the State of Ohio at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts June 2015. Tony is a Freshman an has a cumulative 3.7 GPA. He is on the high school basketball and football teams. He is 6'41/2'' tall. He is the son of Mr. Antoine Smith and the Rev. Dr. Gloria Lynn Sydnor Smith.  Tony is a member of Bethel AME Church in Columbus, Ohio where the Rev. Dale B. Snyder, Sr., is the pastor.- Grandson, Antoine Smith is a sophomore at Westerville South High School (Westerville, Ohio) and has a cumulative GPA of 3.6. He is on the varsity basketball team. He is 6'6" tall. He is the son of Mr. Antoine Smith and the Rev. Dr. Gloria Lynn Sydnor Smith. Antoine is a member of Bethel AME Church in Columbus, Ohio where the Rev. Dale B. Snyder, Sr., is the pastor.

Please join Rev. Lishers Mahone, retired pastor, Chicago Annual Conference and Mrs. Betty Mahone as they pray that God will be with their son, Kenneth Strickland (NBC Bureau Chief-Washington, DC), as he delivers the Commencement Address at the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on tomorrow, December 13, at 2:00 P.M.  Kenneth is a 1989 graduate of MTSU.

Herman Osby Kelly, III, son of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Linda M. Kelly Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana graduated from the Metropolitan Police Academy on Friday, December 12, 2014. Officer Kelly was selected as the class flag bearer (Guidon).

The Reverend Dr. Maxine Thomas, First Lady and Assistant Minister of Quinn Chapel AME Church, Louisville, Kentucky, received the Doctor of Ministry degree from  Asbury Theological Seminary. The Reverend Linda Roberts Jackson, Pastor of St. Mark AME Church, Louisville, Kentucky, received the Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.  We praise God for the significant milestones and accomplishments reached by two of our West Kentucky Conference Ministers.

The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters' debut book Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture, with foreword by Bishop John Richard Bryant, Senior Bishop of the A.M.E. Church, is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards in two categories: Religion: Christianity and Social Change. The publisher's press release of these awards may be found at the following link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/11/prweb12326897.htm Dr. Waters is the founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas.

Jonathon Weary graduated University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology, Summa Cum Laude. Jonathan is the son of the Rev. Willie and Mrs. Jackie Weary, pastor and first lady of Peters Chapel A.M.E. Church, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Jonathon also serves as the Nominating Chairperson of the Connectional YPD.

On Friday, December 12, 2014, Joshua C. Sylvester received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge Louisiana.  Joshua is the son of the Reverend Kecia A.  Lewis, Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E Church, Lake Charles LA and brother of Miss Zacchea Lewis the Central North Louisiana Conference YPD President. 

The Rev. Darryl J. A. Narcisse, Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fifth Episcopal District of the Midwest Annual Conference, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri Kansas City at the 81st Mid-Year Commencement, Friday December 19, 2014.

Mrs. Starr L. Battle will be conferred the Juris Doctor degree with concentrations in Family and Veterans' Law by The North Carolina Central University School of Law on May 8, 2014.  During her matriculation at the NCCU Law School, she served in various capacities including President of the Black Law Students Association and Marshal of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.   Starr currently serves as the Third Vice President of the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.    Starr is the oldest daughter of the Reverend Milton O. Battle and Mrs. Doris Taylor Battle.  Reverend Battle is Pastor of St. Stephens AME Church in Liberty, North Carolina in the Western District of the Western North Carolina Conference (Dr. Conrad K. Pridgen, Presiding Elder) of the Second Episcopal District (the Right Reverend William P. DeVeaux, Jr., Presiding Prelate).

The project titles for the "7th District Trio" were as follows: Dr. McCauley's, "How to Encourage Local AME Churches to Support the Connectional Church." Dr. Chisolm's, "Intentional Hospitality in the Transformation of Traditional Churches for New Communities." Dr. Bruce's, "An Intentional Hospitality Program: The Transformation of Traditional Churches for New Communities." The 7th District Trio are the second group of preachers to complete their D. Min Program at Wesley Theological Seminary.  The First group of graduates featured 7 preachers including Reverend Dr. Sandy W. Drayton, Presiding Elder of the Georgetown District, Palmetto Annual Conference. The first graduation was held May 12, 2014, at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC The Initiatives were launched under the Episcopal Leadership of Bishop Preston Warren Williams, II, who's also an alum of Wesley Theological Seminary, and was further enhanced under Bishop Richard Franklin Norris' tenure. The program began under the name "Pan Methodist Track." The 2015 commencement exercises, which was held May 12th featured a total of 156 candidates, 69 of which received their Masters of Divinity degree, 20 were recipients of a Masters of Arts degree, 6 were awarded Masters of Theological Studies, whereas, 61 were awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree respectively.    

 The Reverend John and Martha Lambert will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on April 19, 2014. The Reverend John Lambert is the pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Anderson, Indiana.

Presiding Elder and Mrs. Robert A. Strode, Lexington District, Kentucky Conference will celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary on April 19th.  When asked what has contributed to their marital longevity:  They invited Christ into the marriage before inviting others to the wedding.

The Reverend Charmayne G. Davis, Ordained Elder, South Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District, successfully defended her Doctor of Ministry dissertation on March 26, 2014 from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky).  The title of her dissertation is "Clergy Sexual Misconduct in the African Methodist Episcopal Church" This dissertation examines the moral ethics of sexual misconduct within the church setting and its damaging effects on its victims, their families and the congregations in which the misconduct occurs. This groundbreaking research brings healing to the body of Christ as victims are empowered to recognize unhealthy boundary crossing and offenders are empowered to maintain healthy professional boundaries as they minister within their congregations. Graduation Day is Sunday, May 18, 2014.

The Rev. William C Legolie, II, celebrated his 35th Pastoral Anniversary on April 19, 2014. He received his first Pastoral Appointment from the late Bishop Donald GK Ming on April 19, 1979.  He is currently the Senior Pastor of the Cathedral of Vinton Anderson AME Church in Eerste River in the Cape Annual Conference of the Fifteenth Episcopal District.  He is a Third Generation pastor - grandfather was the late Presiding Elder Rev. William C. Legolie, father was Rev. Wesley Andrew David Legolie. His son, Rev. Charlin L. Legolie is the pastor of Ming Chapel AME Church in Saldanha Bay. The Rev. William C Legolie, II is marries to Leatricia Legolie and they have a daughter also, Leaverne who is an Optometrist.

Musical icon Stevie Wonder received a standing ovation as he entered the church building of Brown Memorial AME Church in Pasadena California to attend  "Unity in the Community," a series hosted by Pastor LeSean Tarkington and his lovely wife, First Lady Rev. Johnetta Tarkington.  The informative and powerful series shares with attendees how to rebuild the churches community presence.Famed musician Stevie Wonder was one of the special guests at this month's series.  Wonder was also on-hand to support his lovely daughter Aisha Morris, one of the special honorees at this well-attended event.

 We are very proud of our daughter! Dear Team: Please join me in congratulating Pamela (Pam) Aseme on her promotion to Clinical Project Support Specialist.  Pam has been with Quintiles since 2010 and joined our project management group back in 2012.  During her tenure with the group, she has been extremely instrumental in the department's success by displaying a strong work ethic and providing outstanding customer support.  Pam has supported many strategic initiatives with the most recent being the QRPM Lead role.

Congratulations to Mr. Terrence Wright, the son of the Rev. Maurice and Mrs. Joretha Wright, Pastor and First Lady of St. John AME Church in Ft. Mitchell, Alabama, who has graduated from the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey. He will be stationed in Key West, Florida.

Shade' A. Hyche Dixon, former Connectional YPD Communications Secretary and Editor, The Gazette, recently passed the Georgia Bar and is now licensed to practice Law in the State of Georgia. Attorney Hyche-Dixon is married to Music Producer and Business Consultant, Jiwann      "WANN D" Dixon and they reside in Douglasville, GA. Shade' is the daughter of proud parents, Presiding Elder Albert L. Hezekiah Hyche and Attorney Ida Tyree Hyche, of the Ninth Episcopal District.

 Roslyn Thibodeaux Goodall has been selected as a board member for the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas. She is the Public Policy Committee Chair.  Mrs. Thibodeaux Goodall is the daughter of Mrs. Melanie J. Thibodeaux and the late Dr. G. H. J. Thibodeaux; a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Dallas, TX; 1st VP of her local Women's Missionary Society (WMS) and a Life Member of the WMS.  Her passion for Alzheimer's advocacy stems from having six (6) family members affected by the disease.  She co-authored Project ALERT (Alzheimer's Link to Education, Research & Treatment) an initiative devoted to educating African Americans about Alzheimer's and produces an annual Alzheimer's Symposium, at her home church (St. Matthew A.M.E.-Shreveport, LA.

With great joy and thanksgiving to God, we announce the centennial birthday of Mrs. Mary Mitchell Hughes on 21 November 2013.  We ask you to join us in prayer and good thoughts as we approach this special time in her life. Mrs. Hughes is the widow of the Reverend Suspencer Mitchell Hughes, whom she stood beside and supported - not as "first lady," but as his loving wife and friend - for nearly 35 years of ministry in the 7th Episcopal District.  During most of this time, she built her own career in the field of education as a teacher and mentor.    Mrs. Hughes is a native of Kingstree, SC.  She graduated (class valedictorian) from Tomlinson High School (Kingstree, SC) and received a BS in Elementary Education from Allen University (Columbia, SC).

It is with Jesus' joy that we extend birthday salutations to Mrs. Florence Neethling, who celebrated her 60th birthday on 21 November. She is the first lady at Ebenezer AME Church, the wife of the Rev. Abraham Neethling and the daughter of the late Presiding Elder Arthur and Mrs. Sarah Gordon.  In spite of challenges faced, we thank God for the resolute faith of this woman of strength and continued hope in the Lord displayed.

The Orlando Life Magazine partnered with Martindale-Hubbell to collaboratively share the list of lawyers who have reached the highest level of ethical standards and professional excellence.  Derek E.  Bruce, Esq., Shareholder, Gunster, Yoakley, and Stewart was selected one of the top-rated lawyers practicing Government Law. As the Team Leader for the Orlando office, he travels extensively  between the 11 offices in Florida and  Washington, D.C. During the legislative sessions in Tallahassee, FL, he serves as a Lobbyist.  He is the youngest son born to the union of the late Dr. Y. B. Bruce, former General Officer and Presiding Elder at the time of his demise and Gloria S. Bruce.  

Jeremy C. Darby, the youngest son of Presiding Elder and Mrs. Joseph A. Darby, Beaufort District, South Carolina Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District, received his Bachelor's In Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of South Carolina on December 16, 2013.

Little Miss Lynnley Diann Johnson was born November 1, 2013 at 12:14 AM in Nashville, Tennessee.  She weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 18 inches long.  The parents Lawrence and LeTishia Johnson and the grandparents Presiding Elder Ralph and Sister Pat Johnson feel blessed and grateful to God for this new arrival.

Reverend David Malcom, Jr., pastor of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bremerton, Washington; Fifth Episcopal District-Pacific Northwest Conference, Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate and the Reverend Andrew Simpson, Jr., Presiding Elder, announces the celebration of his 70th Birthday on May 15, 2013.
 
Presiding Elder and Mrs. Joseph A. Darby, celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on December 17, 2013.
 
Kyle N. Boone, son of Rev. Charlene N. Boone, Pastor of Burks/Hills Chapel, Paducah, Kentucky has received his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 20, 2013.  His dissertation was entitled: "Ain't I cool:  Investigating the Lived Experience of Cool for Black Male Collegians."   Dr. Boone has been afforded a new opportunity to serve as the newly hired Director of Campus Life at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

The Reverend Gertrude Trescott will celebrate her 85th birthday on January 10, 2014.  Reverend Trescott is a retired Pastor from the Palmetto Conference of the 7th Episcopal District. She is the former Worship Leader/Chaplin for the Women In Ministry Organization. As of this birthday, Reverend Trescott has a preaching ministry of 60 years.  Currently, she continues her preaching ministry, does workshops and leads Bible Study groups.  She is a member of Moncks Corner AME Church, Moncks Corner, South Carolina, where she works diligently with her Pastor.  She is a P.K. and the mother of Sister Tanya Harper.

The Reverend Dr. Eric L. Brown who is currently serving as the Presiding Elder of the Allegheny-Scranton District in the Pittsburgh Annual Conference, Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has published his first book.  The groundbreaking work is entitled, “A Dictionary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Volume 1.”  To learn about securing a copy of the book, contact Shelly Brown, Allegheny Scranton District Administrative Assistant by email at districtalleghenyscranton@comcast.net

The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, was interviewed this week by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Dallas regarding his new book FREESTYLE: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture. FREESTYLE, which includes foreword by the Right Reverend John Richard Bryant, Senior Bishop of the A.M.E. Church. The BBC interview can be heard at this link:https://soundcloud.com/bbcworldservice/focus-on-africa-full-interview/s-oWbsW?ocid=socialflow_facebook_africa. To learn more about the book, please visit: michaelwwaters.com.

 Thanks be to God for His continued favor. Sir-Wellington Hartford Brookins, the youngest child of the late Bishop Hamel Hartford Brookins, has been invited to spend a week at the Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Maryland this summer. This invitation comes one day after he receives his PSAT test scores which revealed that Wellington is currently testing 81% HIGHER in reading comprehension, 46% HIGHER in mathematics, 67% HIGHER in writing than all 11th graders in the nation! The legacy continues! If we nurture them today, they will lead us tomorrow!  Bless be the name of The Lord!

The Retired Reverend Heyward A. Hinton of the 7th Episcopal District, the Columbia Conference, will celebrate his 80th Birthday on January 5, 2014.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce that Bishop John Hurst Adams, retired Senior Bishop of the AME Church, will be inducted into the International Civil Rights "Walk of Fame". The "Walk of Fame" was created to honor true history makers who fought in the struggle for equality. The "Walk of Fame" provides an opportunity for visitors to walk in the footsteps of those who walked the long and difficult path to achieve the promise of America. The "Walk of Fame" is located at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site in Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Adams will be inducted into the "Walk of Fame" on Friday January 24, 2014 at 10:00am as part of the 2014 Trumpet Awards. The public is invited. Previous inductees include: Rosa Parks, President Lyndon B Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, President Bill Clinton, Julian Bond, Sindey Poitier, President Jimmy Carter, Stevie Wonder, Harry Belafonte and others.



      





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