The Rev. Margaretta Smith Narcisse, M. Div., an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fifth Episcopal District of the Midwest Annual Conference was named Associate Dean of Students at The Saint Paul School of Theology Greater Kansas City, February 2, 2015.  Rev. Smith Narcisse Pastored Saint Luke AMEC in Norborne, MO, Harbert Chapel AMEC in Flagstaff, AZ, and served as the Coordinator of WIM Desert Mountain Annual Conference and Pastored the Historic Saint Paul AMEC in Independence, MO.  Rev. Smith Narcisse serves as a Chaplain at Truman Medical Center East and West.

The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, has been named to the Dallas Business Journal's 2015 “40 Under 40” List. The honor highlights executives and entrepreneurs 39 years of age or younger who, per the nomination criteria, “have a proven track record in both business and community involvement.”    

On April 10, 2015, Felecia E. Commodore successfully defended her dissertation "The Tie That Binds: Trusteeship, Values, and the Presidential Selection Process at AME Affiliated HBCUs" to complete the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  Felecia is a member of Reid Temple AME Church in Glendale, Maryland and currently serves as the Connectional Lay Organization Young Adult Representative.  She is the daughter of Rev. Bedelia Commodore and Frank Commodore, Jr.

Dr. Betty W. Holley, Professor of Environmental Ethics and African American Religious Studies at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio will serve as a panelist at the Smithsonian Institute, in the discussion "Imagining the Human Future:  The Ethics of the Anthropocene," April 26, 2015.  She give thanks to God for the awesome opportunity.

The Rev. Dr. Moses A. Simms, Jr. and the Rev. Karen D. Simms will celebrate their 30th Year Wedding Anniversary on May 18, 2015. Both are Itinerant Elders in the 8th Episcopal District.The Rev. Dr. Moses A. Simms, Jr. Is the Pastor of Greater Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Greensburg, LA, a Graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, June 2014, with a D.Min Degree and a Candidate for Episcopal Service.

Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown, Executive Director of Research and Scholarship/Historiographer for the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Professor of Homiletics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta has been tapped as Emory's next Bandy Professor of Preaching, effective September 1. The Bandy Chair in Preaching was created in 1986 with a gift from B. Jackson Bandy, and is considered by many to be the premier chair in homiletics in the country. Selected from a national pool of candidates, Dr. Fry Brown will be Candler's fourth Distinguished Bandy Chair following Drs. Tom Long, the late Robert Kysar and the late Fred B. Craddock.

We recognize that study, hard work, due diligence and God's favor are elements in being successful in any endeavor or pursuit.  It is our honor to celebrate the path of success of our daughter and sister. Ms. Yolanda A. Bruce, Esq. now serves as Attorney/Advisor for the Social Security Administration in the Washington, D C area. Previously she has served as Assistant State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida and was Senior Attorney for the State Department of Children and Families of Florida. As an exemplary litigator and advocate for children and families, she recently received the 2015 Inspiration Award from the State Department of Children and Families. Attorney Bruce is the daughter of the late General Officer/Presiding Elder Dr. Y. Benjamin Bruce, Sr. and Mrs. Gloria S. Bruce of Orlando, FL.

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith, who completed her doctorate as the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in New Testament at Emory University. She is an elder from the 6th District residing now in the 2nd District and is an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Dr. Smith holds additional degrees from Fisk University, Candler School of Theology, and Columbia Theological Seminary. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including being named an ESU Luard Fellow to study theology at Oxford University in England and an Essence Magazine Awardee.

The Reverend Elizabeth E. Yates, Presiding Elder of the Alachua-Central District and Brother Kenneth M. Yates announce the graduation of their daughter Kimberleigh Michelle Yates on Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon; from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Kimberleigh will receive the Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. 

Rev. Charles Lee-Johnson, pastor of Corona Community African Methodist Church, in Corona, California has successfully defended his dissertation. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Rev. Charles Lee-Johnson successfully defended his dissertation: "Young, Gifted, Saved and Prospering: A Discipleship Model to recruit and retain Young Adults in the local church" to complete the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Rev. Dr. Charles Lee-Johnson is the son of Rev. Joyce Reece Kitchen, pastor of Emmanuel-Henry McNeal Turner African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, California.

Sharisse Green was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. The Commencement Exercises took place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Courtney is the daughter of Rev. Dr. John Frank Green, President-Dean of Turner Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and Mrs. Phyllis N. Green, Supervisor of the 12th Episcopal District. She is the niece of Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the 12th Episcopal District.

John Foster, Jr. received the Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) on May 15, 2015 from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. John is the son of the Rev. John Foster, Ph. D., Pastor of Big Bethel AME Church and Sister Mary Ann Foster, First Lady of Big Bethel AME Church, Atlanta, GA of the Sixth Episcopal District; Bishop Preston Warren Williams, II, Presiding Prelate, Dr. Wilma Delores Webb Williams, Episcopal Supervisor. 

The Reverend Geoffrey S. Ellis, pastor of Asbury Chapel AME Church in Louisville, Kentucky was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Simmons College of Kentucky at the Commencement Exercises held on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. Simmons College of Kentucky located in Louisville. Rev. Ellis, a community activist, was employed with state, county, and metro governments for over 22 years. He served under County Judge Executive Harvey Sloan, County Judge Executive and Mayor David Armstrong, and Mayor Jerry Abramson. He was also employed by the Kentucky Human Rights Commission and the Louisville Urban League.
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Eugenia Michelle Brannon was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication with a concentration on Broadcast Journalism, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Eugenia is the daughter of Presiding Elder (retired) Eugene and Anita Brannon  (1st Vice President of CONN-M-SWAWO +PK's).  She is President of the YPD of Union A.M.E. Church, in Little Rock, and serves as one of the Liturgical Dance coaches there. She is also the Corresponding Secretary for the Arkansas Annual Conference YPD.  Prior to her graduation, Eugenia served as an officer in the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on the campus of UALR.
On May 9, 2015, Jeremy Andre Cox received the Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. His minor is in Sociology. Jeremy is the son of the Rev. Ashley and Sister Tracey Cox of Columbia, Tennessee. Rev. Cox is the Pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Cornersville, Tennessee.

Congratulations to the Reverend Brandon A. A. J. Davis, Pastor of St. Andrews AME Church - Youngstown, Ohio.  Rev. Dr. Davis is the former Connectional Committee Chairman for the Richard Allen Young Adult Council.  The Reverend Brandon Davis received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. His dissertation was entitled “Social Change Within the AME Church through the Ministry of Bishop Joseph Gomez.”

Congratulations to Stephanie Young who recently became an Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement where she serves as the White House’s primary liaison to the African American community.  She most recently served as the White House Associate Communications Director where she worked with various components within the White House and the administration to develop and manage communications strategy to roll out new policy and Presidential events. Stephanie is the youngest daughter of Bishop and Mrs. McKinley Young, Presiding Bishop and Supervisor of the Third Episcopal District.  She is an active member of Allen Chapel AME Church, Washington, DC, Reverend Michael Bell, Pastor.

Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Orlando Morris McCauley, Jr., a member of the 2015 graduating class of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC for receiving the Doctor of Ministry Degree.  Reverend McCauley is the Pastor of St. Luke AME Church – Sumter, SC, Sumter District, Northeast Annual Conference, the Seventh Episcopal District. Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Dwayne Bruce, a member of the 2015 graduating class of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC for receiving the Doctor of Ministry Degree.  Reverend Bruce is the Pastor of Beulah AME Church – Sumter, SC, Sumter District, Northeast Annual Conference, the Seventh Episcopal District. Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Barbara Regina Chisolm, a member of the 2015 graduating class of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC for receiving the Doctor of Ministry Degree.  Reverend Chisolm is the Pastor of Greater Zion AME Church – Awendaw, SC, Mt. Pleasant District, Palmetto Annual Conference, the Seventh Episcopal District.

Pastor Yolanda and Gregory Whiten praise God for His Mighty Acts!  They together, announce that their son Jacob Gregory Whiten was awarded the Juris Doctor degree from Duke University Law School, Durham-North Carolina, on May 10, 2015.  Jacob was the Notes Editor on the Gender Law and Policy Journal and an Assistant serving those in need at the Citizens Law Clinic. Jacob's mom is an Ordained Itinerant Elder and Pastor of St. James AME Church in Brighton, Michigan, 4th Episcopal District, Senior Bishop John R. Bryant, presiding prelate.
The Reverend Michele Celeste Williams received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio. The Reverend Dr. Michele Celeste Williams, pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church, Brunswick, Georgia received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio on May 22, 2015.  Reverend Dr. Michele C. Williams’ project dissertation entitled, “Pastor and People jointly fitted together:  a Congregational Model to reduce Church Conflict while creating Vitality and Health.”
Congratulations to the Reverend Rose Marie Stokes-Smalls, associate minister of Olive Branch AME Church, Mount Pleasant, SC.  She received a Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Tiffany Marie Kelly, the daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and First Lady Linda M. Kelly of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded The Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship for 2015-2016 School year. Tiffany is a Senior at Nova Southeastern University majoring in Sports Management, with a Minor in Computer Science. The Crystal Group Innovation Scholarship is awarded each year to (2) full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree within the School of Business, the School of Engineering, or related majors.

Congratulations to Rev. Toni Belin Ingram! The Rev. Toni Belin Ingram will serve as director of Candler’s Black Church Studies (BCS) program, as well as an assistant professor in the practice of practical theology. She succeeds Teresa Fry Brown, who has been named the school’s next Bandy Professor of Preaching.   The Reverend Toni Belin Ingram is the wife of Raymond Ingram and the daughter of Bishop and Mrs. Henry Allen Belin, Jr. (retired).

It is with great excitement and joy that I announce the birth of my newest grandchild, a beautiful little girl, Kalley Renee Lynn Johnson, born to my "#1 And Only Daughter," Alona Thomas and Leon Johnson. Lil' Miss Kalley made her grand appearance on Thursday, 6/18/2015, at 5:26 AM, weighing 7.0 lbs and 19.5" long. I am the very proud grandmother, aka "Mama Rev," Itinerant Elder and recent transplant from the 5th Episcopal District, now serving in the 3rd Episcopal District as an Associate Minister at United AME Church-Xenia, Ohio (Pastor John E. Freeman). I am currently a senior residing on the campus of Payne Theological Seminary.
In May 2015, Colonel Troy E. Dunn became the Installation Commander of the 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He commands a team of more than 3,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel who conduct base-level activities for the entire installation, including security, civil engineering, communications, logistics, finance, contracting, chaplaincy, legal, lodging, medical, military and civilian personnel and force support programs. The 10th Air Base Wing supports more than 4,000 cadets and a total military community of more than 25,000 personnel. He is responsible for a $150 million annual operating budget and serves as the Crisis Action Team Commander during all Air Force Academy installation contingency operations. Colonel Troy E. Dunn is the son of Reverend Roosevelt and Mrs. Gloria Dunn of Oklahoma City.  

Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch, widow of the late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, will celebrate her 105th birthday on August 2, 2015. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS to REV. DR. CONSTANCE C. WHEELER EVANS on being elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Theological Consortium. The Washington Theological Consortium (WTC), the largest international organization of its kind, is a community of Theological Schools of diverse Christian traditions — with partners in education, Islamic, and Jewish studies, and business, — that pursue ecumenical dialogue, interfaith understanding, and educational collaboration to better equip clergy and laity for the ministry of the Church in a diverse society. The WTC started in 1971 with seven member schools from Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, and historically Black universities. Membership in the Consortium now includes entire educational organizations, schools within universities, and independent educational centers.

SEPTEMBER 2015 -  Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant, Founder of EMPOWERMENT TEMPLE A.M.E. CHURCH in Baltimore, has been named among 100 Most Influential African Americans. He is the son of Senior Bishop John R. Bryant, presiding prelate of the 4th Episcopal District and Senior Episcopal Supervisor, the Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant.

Sincere congratulations are extended to the Reverend Doctor Jerome V. Harris and Mrs. Sandra Elaine Harris who will celebrate their forty – fifth (45) wedding anniversary on September 19, 2015.  Dr. Harris has served as a General Officer and the Executive Director of the AMEC Department of Retirement Services since 2000 and is the former Senior Pastor of the Historic Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama.

Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Wilton E Blake and Mrs. Joann Blake will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on September 21, 2015. Rev. Blake has been Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District in the South Ohio Conference, Third Episcopal District, for the past 5 years, following pastoring several churches in the Ohio and South Ohio Conferences.  Presiding Elder Blake is retired as Chief of the Chaplains Service of the Dayton and Cincinnati Veterans Administration and his wife, Joann, is a retired Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
The Rev. Dr. Herman Kelly, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been asked to give the commencement prayer of blessing representing BRAVE, for fallen law enforcement officers - a prayer of blessing and protection by the Governor of Louisiana at the Blessing of Law Enforcement event. BRAVE means Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination. Dr. Kelly graduated in the Inaugural Cops/Clergy Training which is a program to get Clergy involved in positive relationship with Law Enforcement. The event will be held on the steps of the capitol building on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 11:30 am.

Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church (DC) was appointed and confirmed to serve on the Mayor of Washington, DC Muriel Bowser's Interfaith Council on September 18, 2015. The Interfaith Council advises the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Mayor's Director for Religious Affairs, and the Mayor's Cabinet, on various matters that affect the spiritual, faith and religious well-being of all the residents of the District of Columbia as well as advising the Mayor in creating and maintaining a spiritual perspective when setting goals and casting the vision for the District. The Interfaith Council serves as a liaison between the Mayor and the faith community by making recommendations on developing, expanding, or fostering public-private partnerships and linkages between the District and faith-related organizations using grant, District, federal, foundation, or private funding sources.

 Mr. Jason C. Darby and Mrs. Cherisse Thomas Darby were married in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday October 17th.  Jason, the son of the Reverend and Mrs. Joseph A. (Mary B.) Darby (Presiding Elder and Area Consultant of the Beaufort District, SC Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District), is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of South Carolina’s Palmetto College, and is pursuing a Doctorate at the University of South Carolina.  Cherisse is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (Maggie) Thomas of Garner, NC.  She’s a Medical Doctor and is joining the staff of the Lexington SC Medical Center as a Hospitalist.   The happy couple will reside in Columbia, SC.

Sincere felicitations to the Rev. Granville Abrahams, pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church in Salt River and to Mrs. Desiree Abrahams, Cape Town District-Cape Conference, under the leadership of Presiding Elder, Rev. Jerome Gordon and Bishop David R. Daniels, presiding prelate, 15th Episcopal District, whose daughter SashaDee married Ashwell Peter Saunders on Saturday 24 October 2015 in Bethel Memorial Hazendal AME Church.

The Illustrious Dr. Solomon Wallace, 33° Sovereign Grand Commander of The United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation Northern Jurisdiction U.S.A., Inc. has appointed The Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake, I, 33 as the Grand Prior for the Council. Dr. Blake is a Sovereign Grand Inspector General (Active), and is the Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This is the first time that an AME Minister has been appointed to serve in this Holy position.  The Northern Jurisdiction comprise of 18 States, Canada, Bahamas, Europe and The Far East. Dr. Blake is a Past Grand Master in the Jurisdiction of Ohio, and a retired Chief of Chaplain Service for the Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Congratulations to Dr. James S. P. Cooper, First Gentleman of Empowerment Temple AME Church Liberia and spouse of Rev. Dr. Katurah York Cooper, for receiving the "Distinguished Service Award". James Cooper was honored for over 40 years of exceptional leadership service in Banking and Financial Management. He was honored along with other past Presidents of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), including Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, at The 50th Anniversary Gala of the Bank. James Cooper is presently the Senior Director on the Board of LBDI and chairs the Audit Committee. James Cooper not only leaves a legacy in the financial world but he has served the AME Church as a member of the Finance Committee of the 14th Episcopal District, Treasurer of the Trustee Board of Eliza Turner AME Church, and presently serves as Treasurer of the Central Liberia Annual Conference.  

Congratulations to Mrs. Carla Benson Green, daughter of the Reverend Frances Benson (Pastor of John Wesley AME Church in Dover Delaware) and the late Mr. Carl Benson. Mrs. Green was confirmed by the State Senate in Dover Delaware to serve as the Secretary of Children Youth and Family Services by a unanimous vote. Mrs. Green is a graduate of Morgan State University and has been employed by the department for 33 years. She is a member of John Wesley AME Church in Dover Delaware. She is married to Mr. Ernest Green and they have two children.

The 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Service of the INDIANA CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (ICLC) will be held Monday, January 18th at St John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 1651 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. The official program will commence at 10:00 A.M. Rev. Dr. Daniel T. Hembree, pastor of Bluff Road United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC is this year’s main speaker. The Rev. Dr. Anne Henning Byfield, Presiding Elder North District, Indiana Annual Conference, 4th Episcopal District, AME Church is the 47th Drum Major Recipient for her extensive and continual leadership in social justice issues in the state of Indiana and beyond. Appointed and elected city and state officials are special guests on the program.

The President, Trustees, Faculty, and Graduating Class of Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia are pleased to announce that Ms. Yvette .L. Broughton earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice, Saturday, December, 12, 2015. Ms. Broughton is employed as a Senior Logistics and Procurement Chain Coordinator and manages Customer Service, Shipping & Receiving, and Graphics at Amcor Packaging in Peachtree City, Georgia. She is the daughter of The Late Rev. Dennis W. Broughton, Sr., and Mrs. Wilhelmenia Broughton, former 7th Episcopal District WMS Treasurer, and presently Columbia Conference President of MSWAWO.

Sincerest Congratulations to Mrs. Beryl Grace Pillay, spouse of the Reverend Clive J. Pillay, pastor of Trinity Chapel AME Church, Grassy Park, Cape Conference, 15th Episcopal District, who celebrated her 60th birthday on 17th February 2016. Through it all, He's been with me. " So I thank God for the valleys and I thank God for the mountains, 1 Samuel 7:12”, thus far the Lord has helped us.

It is with great pleasure that the Pastor, Officers and Members of Bethel AME Church Madison, IL., invite you to attend the 90th Birthday Celebration of our former Pastor for twenty plus years, the Rev. Dr. John Q. Owens. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 2:00p.m.  This event will be held at Bethel AME Church @ 1035 Market St., Madison, IL. 62060. The Pastor, Officers and Members are excited to host this joyous occasion celebrating ninety years of life. Rev. Philip L. Ware, Pastor. Dr. John Q. Owens is also the former Director of the Social Action Commission of the AME Church.

The Rev. Howard H. L. Dill J.P. and the Rev. Dr. Emilygail A. Dill of Sandys, Bermuda joyfully celebrated 25 years of marriage on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016.  The Rev. Howard Dill is currently serving as Senior Pastor of Allen Temple AME Church in Sandys, Bermuda where his wife the Rev. Dr. Emilygail serves as his Assistant Minister, a role that she has served in for the past twenty-five years. They have ministered together as Pastor and Assistant at Bethany - Harrisburg, PA; Allen Chapel - Hartford, CT; St. John- Hamilton Parish, Bermuda; Vernon Temple- Southampton, Bermuda; St. Mark - Jackson Heights, NY and now Allen Temple.

The Reverend Dr. William W. Easley, Jr., Presiding Elder of the Louisville-Paducah District, West Kentucky Conference, 13th Episcopal District, received a letter of permission request for two of his sermons preached at the Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC to be placed into the Duke University archive. The following is an excerpt from the letter received: March 10, 2016 -Dear Rev. Easley, I am writing on behalf of a digitization project in the Duke University Libraries. The project, Duke Chapel Recordings, consists of digitized audio and video recordings of Chapel sermons from 1955 to the present. 168 recordings are currently online, and thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., we are able to add many more to the online collection over the next five years. This will serve as a unique and valuable resource to many students and scholars around the world.

Rev. Larry Story and Loretta Story celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on March 5, 2016.  Rev Story is the current pastor of St Luke AMEC in New Orleans, Louisiana and has been traveling as a pastor in the 8th District for 29 years.  The couple was married in the parsonage of his home church of New Bethel AMEC in Jacksonville, Florida 45 years ago and have been together since their high school days. They credit their longevity to their love of the Lord and of each other, patience and forgiveness. They have one daughter and three grandsons.

Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Jeffery B. Cooper II on the birth of their first child. Jaylan McKinley Elizabeth Cooper arrived at 2:35 am this morning weighing 6 lbs. 5 oz. and 19 in long. Baby and parents are doing well.  Jaylan is the sixth grandchild of General Secretary/CIO Dr. Jeffery and Rev. Dr. Joanne Williams-Cooper.

Congratulation to Monroe and Brianna, brother and sister, grandchildren of Dr. Johnny Barbour Jr. President/Publisher of the AMEC Sunday School Union and Mrs. Clara Barbour: Thomas Monroe Barbour, III will receive a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Commencement ceremonies will be held in the Lee E. Williams and Athletics Assembly Center on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Thomas Monroe is a member of Pearl Street AME Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Brianna Kathleen Barbour will receive a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Commencement ceremonies will be held at Temple Baptist Church, Nashville, TN on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Dallas Assistant City Attorney and Community Courts Prosecutor and First Lady of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq., has been named a Dallas Business Journal (DBJ) 2016 “40 Under 40” honoree. She was selected out of nearly 500 nominations for this year’s class. Atty. Waters’ husband, the Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle, was selected as a 2015 honoree. This is believed to be just the second time in DBJ history that spouses have received this honor.

The Reverend Andre Washington will receive the Doctorate of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5 o'clock pm. He the proud Pastor of Canaan AME Church, Columbia, Tennessee. Reverend Washington grew up at Bethel AME Church in Saginaw, Michigan and was called into the ministry at Greater Bethel AME Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Terri Mayes will receive a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Commencement ceremonies will be held in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Ms. Terri Mayes grew up at Canaan AME Church in Columbia Tennessee and she is presently a member of Warren Chapel AME Church, Chattanooga Tennessee under the leadership of Dr. Pedro Basden.  Terri is the daughter of Presiding Elder, Dr. Terence L. Mayes Sr. and Mrs. Juliana L. Mayes of the Chattanooga District, East Tennessee Conference.
Wilberforce graduation is May 7, 2016.  One of the persons that will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree is an AME in the person of Dr. Yvonne K. Seon, a member of Central Chapel AME Church in Yellow Springs, OH.  She is a very active member at Central Chapel; a choir member and a member of the Lay organization.  She is a scholar and author; now teaching a course at Wilberforce University.  She has published several books, she is a public speaker and the first African American woman to be ordained in the Unitarian religion; but left them to become an AME.  Dr. Seon is the mother of David Chapelle, the very well-known comedian.
Congratulations to the Rev. Dennis J. Hampton on his acceptance into the Doctor of Missiology degree program at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. Rev. Hampton has a Master of Arts Degree in Global Leader from Fuller Seminary and did undergraduate studies at Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA. Rev. Hampton is pastor of Bethel AME Church Claremore, OK

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. 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.

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. 

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. 

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.” 

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.

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!

Robin D. Cleckley received a PHD from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Commencement ceremony was held on March 12, 2016.  Robin is the daughter of retired pastor, Reverend Robert L. Cleckley of the Columbia Conference, Seventh Episcopal District, and Mrs. Lula Shaw Cleckley, President of the Connectional Ministers’ Spouses, Widows and Widowers Organization, Plus PK’s. Dr. Cleckley is a member of Reid Chapel AME Church, Columbia, SC, and she is an Early Childhood educator where she continues to educate and develop young minds.

The Reverend Phil Jeriod Flowers will receive the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary Dayton Ohio; commencement ceremonies will be held at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, Friday May 20, 2016 at the hour of 1:30PM.  Reverend Flowers received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina and Master of Divinity Degree from Erskine Theological Seminary Due West, South Carolina. He is the pastor of Mount Zion AME Church (North Santee) Georgetown, South Carolina; Seventh Episcopal District and brother of Dr. George F. Flowers, General Officer. 

The Reverend Janet Lee Seay, received the Master of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry Leadership, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN. The Reverend Seay is a Local Elder serving at Greater Taylor Chapel A.M.E. Church, Franklin, KY. 

Tiffany Marie Kelly is graduating from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL with a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Tiffany will be honored at the Commencement Exercises to receive the James Farquhar Award. This award is given to one graduating student on behalf of one of the founding members of the University, the late James Farquhar. The student is measured and chosen on the accolades of scholarship, leadership, and service excellence.   

Sister Traci Maxine Thomas, received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has been accepted with a full Scholarship for the Masters in Communication Degree at The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. The proud parents are the Rev. Troy I. Thomas and the Rev. Dr. Maxine Thomas, pastor and associate minister of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Louisville, KY. 

Morgan C. Sumner, the granddaughter of Presiding Elder Samuel L. Sumner, South District, Indiana Conference, Fourth Episcopal District, daughter of the Rev. Samuel K. Sumner (Dr. Carol) graduated from Herberger Institute For Design and the Arts, Architecture BSD, Arizona State University on May 9, 2016.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., President, Iota Kappa Chapter.

Mrs. Barbara Ellen McNeely- Bouie will receive the Doctor of Worship Studies Degree (DWS) from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Commencement Exercises will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church; 4601 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207-6321.  Mrs. Bouie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.; and received a Master of Music Degree in Piano Accompanying from Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is the former Connectional Worship Director (2003- 2011) for the WMS of the AME Church. She is also currently the Director of Choral Activities at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida.  Her thesis title was: "Encouraging Spiritual Formation Through Scripture Meditation In Choral Music at Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida."

Dennis C. Dickerson, III was born at Baptist Women's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on May 26, 2016 at 2:21 A. M. He was 6lbs 4oz. He is the son of US Air Force Chaplain Dianna Nicole Watkins Dickerson, a member of the ministerial staff of St. James AME Church in Memphis, and Dennis C. Dickerson, Jr., a Latin teacher at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. The Dickerson’s met as students at Vanderbilt Divinity School where they respectively earned the M.Div. and M.T.S. degrees. The grandparents are Ms. Jerrie Watkins and Retired General Officer Dennis C. Dickerson, Ph.D. and Mrs. Mary A. E. Dickerson.

The Reverend Dennis Wilson Broughton, Jr. received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.  The Commencement Ceremony was held Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Broughton received his Bachelor of Science Degree in  Elementary Education from Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina and a Master of Divinity Degree from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio. He is the pastor of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sumter, South Carolina. 

The Reverend Joretha Wright, Pastor of St. John AME Church Tuskegee, Alabama and Wesley Chapel AME Church in Waverley, Alabama, graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary on Friday May 20, 2016. Rev. Joretha Wright is the wife of the Rev. Maurice Wright, II the Associate Director of MCAM and the Pastor of St. John AME Church in Ft. Mitchell, Alabama.

The Rev. Steven L. Lyons, Pastor of St. James AME Church, Winston-Salem, NC, received the graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Hood Seminary, Salisbury, NC at the Commencement Exercise held on Saturday, May 21, 2016. His Professional Project was entitled "Utilizing the Class Leader System and Official Board to Develop St. James AME Church, Winston-Salem, NC."  He and his wife, Mrs. Nikki Walker Lyons, the Western North Carolina Conference Branch WMS President, also own and operate The Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home located in Raleigh, NC. 

We are happy to announce the impending nuptials of the Reverend Dr. Timothy E. Tyler and Dr. Nita Mosby Henry at Shorter Community AME Church in Denver, Colorado on June 25, 2016 @ 1:00 PM.  Dr. Timothy Tyler is the Pastor of Shorter Community AME Church. Dr. Nita Mosby Henry, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children's Hospital of Denver.We pray God's blessing on their marriage and ministry

Dr. Darryl Jacob Narcisse earned a Medical Degree on the Twenty-Seventh of May, Two-Thousand and Sixteen, from San Juan Baustista School of Medicine at the Thirty-Seventh Commencement Ceremony in Santruce, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Narcisse had to become fluent in Spanish to complete his degree in Escuelade de Medicina. Darryl Jacob is the son of Rev. Margaretta Smith Narcisse, MDiv, an Itinerate Elder in the Fifth Episcopal District and Associate Dean of Students at ST Paul School of Theology Leawood, Kansas, and Rev. Darryl Joseph A. Narcisse an Itinerate Deacon in the AME Church and a Guidance Counselor for Midwest Psychological Services Kansas City, Missouri.

Twin brothers Tony DeMarco Hansberry II and Tyler Sloan Hansberry recently earned their Bachelor’s degrees from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida.  Tony graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry on December 11, 2015.  Tyler graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science on April 30, 2016.  Both will attend graduate school at FAMU in Fall 2016.  Tony will pursue a Master’s in Chemistry and eventually plans to enroll in medical school with the goal of becoming a trauma surgeon.  Tyler will pursue a Master’s in Environmental Science and eventually plans to pursue joint JD/PhD degrees with the goal of becoming an environmental lawyer. The Reverend and Mrs. Tony D. Hansberry, Suwannee-North “Jacksonville” District.    

Congratulations to Dr. Joanne Williams-Cooper for being listed in the Atlanta Magazine as one of the top Physicians in the area of Primary Care in the Metro Atlanta Region.  The Atlanta Magazine annually recognizes the top physicians in the metro Atlanta area.  Dr. Williams-Cooper expertise is in preventive medicine. She is the wife of General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Jeffery B. Cooper.

The Reverend Gregory M. Kinsey and Mrs. Antoinette Kinsey are pleased to announce the birth of their second grand child, baby boy " Camren Sinclair Kinsey," born to their son Adam and Shaquanda Kinloch-Kinsey on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:43 p.m., weighing 7lbs-10oz. Reverend Gregory Kinsey is the pastor of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ridgeland, SC of the Seventh Episcopal District and Mrs. Antoinette Kinsey is the MSWAWO + PKs Coordinator of the 7th Episcopal District.

Honorary doctorate degrees were conferred upon Mrs. Alexia Butler Fugh, Episcopal Supervisor, Fourteenth Episcopal District and Mrs. Irene Moifoi Daniels, Episcopal Supervisor, Fifteenth Episcopal District on June 22, 2016 by AME University, Monrovia, Liberia; The degrees were conferred for their dedication and commitment to excellence in the AME Church as Episcopal Supervisors.

Jerry Turner, Jr., Former Connectional President YPD and RAYAC, has been elected as the President of the Fourth Episcopal District Lay Organization.  He is the youngest person to be elected Episcopal District President in the 74-year history of the organization. Jerry is a member of St. Mark AME Church, Milwaukee, WI.

The Reverend Calvin Griffin, Sr. and Mrs. Dorise G. Griffin will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, July 23, 2016 on the same day and date they were married 50 years ago, July 23, 1966 at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida. The Griffins reside in Lynn Haven, Florida and the Reverend Calvin Griffin is Pastor of Springfield AME Church in Gretna, Florida.  The Griffins have two children and three grandchildren. They are active members of the Marianna District, Florida Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District. They will celebrate their anniversary with their family, friends and church members on July 23, 2016.

On August 2, 2016, Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch will be 106 years old.   St. Peter AME Church, Clarksville, TN, the Reverend Lisa Hammonds, pastor, celebrated her upcoming birthday along with the recently past birthday of Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath, Presiding Prelate of the 13th Episcopal District at St Peter AME Church's 150th church anniversary on Sunday, July 24th.Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch is the widow of the late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference. Mrs. Couch is currently the oldest member of St. Peter's AME Church, Clarksville, Tennessee.