MARCH 2017


Congratulations to Rev. Marla Y. Coulter-McDonald

Named Network Director of Spiritual Care, Community Hospitals Central Indian

Congratulations to Rev. Marla Y. Coulter-McDonald who was named Network Director of Spiritual Care, Community Hospitals Central Indiana. In her Community role, Rev. Coulter-McDonald will serve as the leader of our hospital-based chaplains, responsible for serving patients, families and caregivers in Community wide systems hospitals and, eventually, ambulatory settings while creating more effective connections to other spiritual care leaders in the communities we serve. Marla is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, and is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has served in various ministry roles at Johns Hopkins Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She is a Full CPE Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education as certified by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and most recently served as the Regional Manager of spiritual care and chaplaincy services for North, Saxony and Tipton hospitals of the IU Health System. Marla graduated from the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta, Georgia, with a master of divinity with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis with a concentration in transformational leadership and spiritual formation.  Marla and her husband, Steve, have been residing here in Indianapolis for 12 years. They have three adult sons and seven grandchildren.


Happy One Hundredth Birthday - Centenarian

Sister Annie L. Woodson,  a Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church 

Happy One Hundredth Birthday; Blessings and Best Wishes to Sister Annie L. Woodson on this Remarkable Milestone.  Sister Woodson is a member of Canaan AME Church in Columbia, Tennessee.  The Centenarian, Prayer Warrior is also a Life Member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church. She remains active in the life of her church and with the Women’s Missionary Society.  A birthday celebration event was held and proclamations presented, all befitting the queenly centenarian. As a little girl her grandfather, the late Reverend Parker Watkins pastored in the Tennessee Conference and she lived long enough to see one of her grandsons pastor the very same church that she went to as a little girl with her grandfather. She has had two sons to pastor in the AME Church and she is the grandmother of the Reverend Randall Webster, pastor of Woodfork Chapel AME Church, Shelbyville, Tennessee, the Reverend, Dr. Terence L. Mayes, Sr., Presiding Elder, Chattanooga District, East Tennessee Conference, and the Reverend Keith R. Mayes, Sr., pastor of High Hills AME Church, Dalzell, South Carolina.

The Shelby County Historical Commission Will Erect an Historical Marker in Downtown Memphis Honoring the Lee Sisters, the Most Arrested Civil Rights Family

Ernestine Lee Henning, Sandra Faye Lee Swift, Brenda Lee Turner, Elaine Lee Turner, Joan Lee Nelson, Peggy Jayne Lee, Susan Jayne Lee. (The names are listed in birth order).

The Shelby County Historical Commission will erect an Historical Marker in downtown Memphis honoring the Lee Sisters at 2:30 PM on SATURDAY, MARCH 25 at the corner of MAIN & GAYOSO STREETS. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the Lee Family of Memphis TN was called the "Most arrested Civil Rights Family" by JET magazine in 1965 Former Supervisor Ernestine Lee Henning, wife of retired Bishop C. Garnett Henning, is one of the seven sisters being honored with the historical marker. The Lees are lifelong members of Providence A.M.E Church in Memphis, TN.


Ernestine Lee Henning is the wife of retired Bishop C. Garnett Henning.  She graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College and is a retired teacher of the Los Angeles city schools.  She has continued to be involved in various national and international social and political causes.  Among them are Room for One More, A Black Children adoption program which she initiated, the Richard Allen Foundation, an Economic Development Initiative which she founded, and the Water for Africa Project which promotes the installation of clean water for undeveloped African communities.

Sandra Faye Lee Swift attended Tennessee State University.  She is very active in her church in Louisville, KY.  She is retired from her business as the owner of a boutique and a beauty consultant.

Brenda Lee Turner
attended Memphis State University.  She has been involved in social and political organizations in her community.  She is very active in her church, Providence A.M.E., where she serves on the Steward Board.  She is semi-retired from her beauty consultant business.

Elaine Lee Turner is a graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College.  After her teaching career, she and her sister Joan established Heritage Tours, an African American historical sightseeing tour company in Memphis.  She also manages Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum and the W. C. Handy Museum.  She is involved in various community and educational organizations in the city.  At Providence A.M.E. Church, she serves on the Trustee Board.

Joan Lee Nelson (deceased) was the co-owner of Heritage Tours along with her sister Elaine.  She was a political activist and was involved with various social organizations in Memphis.  She was a social worker with the city of Memphis.  For many years, she hosted a talk show on the local Public Television. 

Peggy Jayne Lee is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.  She is currently practicing law in Memphis and is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at LeMoyne-Owen College.  She serves on the steward board at Providence A.M.E. Church and is the director of YPD.

Susan Jayne Lee is a graduate of the University of Memphis.  The youngest of the seven sisters, she was 12 years old when she was arrested.  Continuing her activism as a college student, she was a member of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party, established by Kwame Toure (Stokely Carmichael).  An entrepreneur for several years, she was the proprietor of African Emporium.  She recently retired from the Memphis City Schools as a Social Worker.


The Seventh Episcopal District Congratulates Mrs. Cheryl Swinton

Charleston County School District (CCSD) proudly welcomes Cheryl Swinton as the new Executive Principal of Burke High and Simmons Pinckney Middle School

Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce and welcome Cheryl Swinton as the new Executive Principal of Burke High and Simmons Pinckney Middle School.  MS. Swinton brings with her a wealth of knowledge to this role having served at Wando High School as first an Assistant Principal, then Associate Principal for the past 15 years.
Swinton first joined the CCSD family in 1984 as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Burke High School having previously served in the same position at McCracken Jr. High and Lexington High in South Carolina from 1979 to 1983. In 1992, Swinton took the post of Job Placement/Co-op Coordinator at Burke for two years before moving on to serve as a guidance counselor at Garrett Academy from 1994-1996. After briefly departing the District to work as the Guidance Director and a curriculum specialist at Waccamaw High in Pawleys Island, SC, Swinton returned to CCSD in 2002 as an assistant principal at Wando. Swinton served in this position until becoming an Associate Principal at Wando in 2014 where she was responsible for the direction of the Center for Advanced Studies and supervised all career and technology education (CTE) programs.
Throughout her career, Swinton has assisted in school to workplace transition programming and planning, supervised and facilitated guidance counseling and student support services programs, overseen CTE curriculum and teacher evaluations, coordinated testing and textbook distribution schedules, directed Wando’s Ninth Grade Academy and supervised Freshman Focus, implemented Wando’s intervention and CORE team, facilitated community outreach and middle school articulation and recruitment programs, and developed positive intervention programming such as Wando’s Golden Warrior Program.
“Cheryl has the experience, expertise, and skills to effectively lead the Burke and Simmons Pinckney communities,” said CCSD Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. “We are excited to welcome her back to her first place of employment in the District nearly three decades ago. We know she will bring great opportunities to the students and families we serve in District 20.”
Swinton received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Family and Consumer Science from Winthrop University, and a Master of Education in Secondary Guidance and Counseling and a degree in Secondary School Administration from The Citadel.
Sis. Cheryl Swinton is the wife of Rev. Dr. William Swinton, Jr., Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church (Palmetto Conference, 7th Episcopal District) and the mother of 2 sons, Trey and John.  She is a past Episcopal YPD Director and serves as the Conference MSWAWO+PKs Worship Director. 


The Twelfth Episcopal District Congratulates Dr. Nedra Allen -

AME PK - Author of "From Cope To Hope"

Dr. Nedra Allen, a PK of the late Presiding Elder Thomas G. Allen and Mrs. Aline Allen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her son. She is a motivated woman of God that serves the Lord in different capacities: educator, motivational speaker, singer, director, pianist and intercessory prayer warrior. Her personal motto is “If God can do it for me, then surely He can do it for you.” She has a strong Christian belief that all things are possible through God. Her AME church background has taught her how to love everyone and to give of your best to the Master. 
While striving to give God her best, she sought after a college education and received a B.A. in English, M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and she has completed an Ed. D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning. Dr. Allen is the owner/founder of From Defeat to Victory- Training Associates, a nonprofit organization created to help people transition from high school to college or into the workforce. Her nonprofit organization is designed to educate and provide job skills to assist in taking people from defeat to victory. She is also the founder of Omega Educational Technology Solutions, LLC., which was founded with teachers in mind. The purpose of the business is to train educators on how to integrate technology into the classroom. Dr. Allen was motivated to the write her book, "From Cope to Hope" because as a single mother, she was struggling with her identity with Christ. She was struggling financially and really didn't want to continue to struggle. As God started speaking to her, she developed a closer relationship with Him through His Word and through praying. God led her to transition from cope to hope. Being a child of God meant that she didn't have to accept her circumstances. Her hope was in God, who is bigger than any problem she had. After God blessed her, she wrote the book so that other young people or single parents would pray and meditate on God's Word, so they too can move from cope to hope. Having a firm foundation in God is the only way you can move from coping to hoping.
Dr. Nedra Allen is the Arkansas Conference M-SWAWO + PK Organization's treasurer.
Special Note: Dr. Allen has written AME church school lessons since 2007, which includes the Adult Quarterly lessons. She is currently writing for the "Into God's Word" series of church school lessons for the young adults.
Dr. Allen's book "From Cope to Hope" is available online.