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.

 

*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.

THE LEE SISTERS:

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.
http://www.getsuccesspublishing.com/bookstore.html
 

Congratulations to Bishop Frederick Calhoun James

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the A.M.E. Church, Celebrates His Ninety-Fifth Birthday

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, Retired, the Ninety-Third Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, celebrated his Ninety-Fifth Birthday on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Birthday Greetings and Well-Wishes can be mailed to:

Bishop Frederick Calhoun James
3700 Forest Drive #420
Columbia, South Carolina 29204

 

*The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, Keynote Speaker for Southern University Honors Convocation

The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church (New Orleans, LA) and the national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., served as keynote speaker for the April 19, 2017 Southern University Honors College Convocation & Academic Awards Ceremony. 
 
In addressing the convocation’s theme, “Maintaining a Legacy of Excellence Amidst Change,” Augustine spoke from the topic “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” by drawing a parallel between the university’s famed success, amid socially oppressive external forces, and the new America in which the graduates will be entering—also filled with undeniable evidence of social oppression—after the historic presidency of Barack Obama.  Southern University is the largest HBCU System in the United States.
 
In addition to his ministerial service in the AME Church, Augustine also serves as an adjunct member of the faculties of Southern University and Jarvis Christian College and is a member of the Board of Trustees of his seminary alma mater, United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH).  Augustine has published extensively in academic journals on issues including, environmental justice, education reform, and voting rights.  He also authored a book, “The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law, Religion and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement,” that has been featured at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Annual Convention, and at the Essence Magazine annual music festival. 
 
Augustine is married to Michelle Burks Augustine, and together, they have two children, Mason and Jillian.

 

*Ms. Thomas to graduate Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University on May 7, 2017

Congratulations to Ms. Trina Lynette Thomas, daughter of Rev. Troy I. Thomas and Rev. Dr. Maxine L. Thomas, Pastor and Assistant Pastor at Quinn Chapel AME Church in Louisville, KY who will graduate Magna Cum Laude on May 7, 2017 at 12:00 Noon from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and in Women's Studies. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. She will begin her career in June at NCAA Headquarters as the Executive and Strategic Communications Intern, as a member of 2017-2018 Graduate Internship Program Cohort. Her goal is to lead communications and brand management in professional sports.

 

 *Officer Herman Osby Kelly, III’s Team recognized as the Best Team in The Metropolitan Police Department for Removal of Guns in District 7 Southeast Washington DC

Officer Herman Osby Kelly, III, son of Dr. Herman Osby Kelly, Jr. and Mrs. Linda M. Kelly, Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana serves as an Officer in the District 7 Metropolitan Washington DC Police Department, Unit of Crime Suppression. His team was recognized as the best team in the Metropolitan Police Department for Remover of Guns in District 7, Southeast Washington DC. 

This is special honor, because District 7 is a high crime area. The Crime Suppression Team is a highly-selected group of officers, selected due to skills and emotional strength and ability to serve in harms way. Officer Kelly was selected after a rigorous interview and performance as a young Police officer. This is a city-wide recognition for The Metropolitan Police Department. The Supreme 7 has removed the most weapons off the streets in DC metropolitan area. This is the Team's second recognition. They received a citation from the Police Chief for special commitment to the community of Southeast Washington, DC. In addition, Officer Kelly is completing his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University's Metropolitan College with an anticipation of graduation Summer 2017.
 
*Former Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin honored on Saturday May 6, 2017

Former Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin, was honored on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for the establishment of the Hopkins Park Library in Pembroke, Illinois in partnership with The Global Outreach Center Chicago, Illinois. Her portrait now adorns the wall of the library. Supervisor Cousin was also recognized for her work within the Pembroke, Illinois area while she served as Episcopal Supervisor of the Fourth Episcopal District (2000-2008).
 
Dr. Cousin, issued the following challenging statement; “Pembroke is a community in Illinois that was a haven for slaves on their way to Canada! Some of them left, but others stayed and it developed as a community of Black people fighting for freedom! It was a stop on the Underground Railroad! It later became a community of people who left the South during the great migrations, escaping the Jim Crow and lynching laws of the south!  It is our community and we must do everything to re-vitalize it and I can think of no better way than to begin with a library where learning can take place! They burned the library at Timbuktu! Let us not allow them to continue to try to destroy our sacred history! We must protect the books! This is who we are!”

 

*Rev. Stephen Green is a candidate for Master Of Divinity Degree, University of Chicago

Rev. Stephen A. Green, the son of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. and Dr. Ava S. B. Green will graduate from the University of Chicago on June 10, 2017 with a Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Green is an alumnus of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as the National Youth & College Director of the NAACP.
 

*Rev. Stephanie M. Raglin will graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rev. Stephanie M. Raglin will graduate from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky on Saturday May 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a Master’s of Divinity Degree. Rev. Raglin previously graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in May 2010, matriculating in the Master’s of Christian Leadership program and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She has an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Midway University in Midway, Kentucky.

Rev. Raglin is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Kentucky and is the Director of Program for a residential women’s facility in Lexington, KY that serves 80 women who are recovering from substance abuse and other disorders, oversees a sober living complex that comprises of 44 single apartments for women. She also is the Director of Program’s for both a men and women’s program in the Fayette County, KY Detention Center. She has worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health for the last 16 ½ years.

Rev. Raglin accepted her calling to the preaching ministry on June 6, 2006.  She was ordained an itinerant deacon in 2008 in the 141st Session of the Kentucky Annual Conference and an itinerant elder in the 143rd Session of the Kentucky Annual Conference in the 13th Episcopal District under the direction and leadership of Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.  Currently she is the proud pastor of Embry Chapel A.M.E. Church Elizabethtown, KY and has served there for almost two years, receiving the pastoral appointment from Bishop Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath.  Prior to Embry she served as the pastor of Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church, Paris KY for almost 7 years. She serves on many boards and committees in the church, the community, and the state Rev. Raglin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (Anna) F. May Sr.  She has an older brother William Jr. (Veronica), a sister Zenobia and a twin brother Steven. She is happily married to Mr. Mark A. Raglin of Midway, Kentucky and there are proudly parents of Melanie, 25 and a set of twins, Maya and Mykal.  Her favorite scripture is Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O’ God and renew a right spirit within me. Lastly, Rev. Raglin plans to pursue her Doctorate of Ministry after a nice break on her journey. She says, “Enjoy the Journey”.

 

*The Reverend Paul Mugala and the Reverend Faith Mugala Celebrate their Thirtieth Anniversary in Marriage and Ministry 

Two of God's faithful servants, the Reverend Paul Mugala and the Reverend Faith Mugala Celebrate their Thirtieth Anniversary in Marriage and Ministry. The Revs. Faith Mundi Simfukwe Mugala and Paul M. Mugala Sr. were united in a Covenant Union on Sunday May 10th, 1987 at Ebenezer AME Church in Lusaka, Zambia Africa.

To this union, God has blessed them with Five Special Jewels and three grandsons, one in glory, Elizabeth Chiwanza Mugala DaCosta – Twins, Flavious DaCosta Son-In-Love,  Delminade Nkusuwila DaCosta in glory, Akinlabi IzukanjiLeza DaCosta ; Mary Nachamba Mugala Malenga, Twin; Mbuyoti Malenga Son-In-Love; Ethan Mbuyoti Lezawane Malenga, Paul Muwomba Musole Mugala Jr., Kambuza Nachalwe Alice Mugala and Lyapa Kambole Samuel Mugala.

The Rev. Paul M. Mugala Sr. has been appointed and assigned to 4 Churches thus far as a Servant Pastor along with partner in Marriage and Ministry; Bethel AME Church, Adrian, Michigan, 2001 to 2004; Pleasant Valley AME Church, Belleville,  Michigan, 2004 to 2010. Both of them in the Michigan Annual Conference of the 4th Episcopal District.  Planted Shalom Tabernacle AME Church, Lusaka, Zambia South East Zambia Annual Conference, 2010 – 2016. Transferred back to 4th Episcopal District, due to a rare heart disease prognosis of his Covenant Wife to Community AME Church, 4010 17th Street, Ecorse, Michigan 48219, serving 2016 to Present. 

To God be the glory for indeed we have been Tested, Tried, and found to be Truly in Love with Jesus Christ and to each other, and I pray for the rest of our lives to God's Glory and Honor; Now, Forever, and Ever. In the powerful and strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen!!!” Please continue to pray for this Levitical Couple. To God be the glory, honor, praise, and worship for His Mercy which endures forever.

 

*Tiffany M. Kelly accepts new position at ESPN

Tiffany Marie Kelly, 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 has accepted the position of Sports Analytics Associate in The Company's main campus in Bristol, Connecticut. She is the only female on the Analytics’ team, and only the second female hired in history for this position at ESPN. Tiffany was recruited by ESPN after finishing in the top five at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at MIT in Biston last March, where she participated in the Hackaton. The Hackaton is was a program, where Sports Analytic personnel receive data and present it to selected persons from The NBA, NFL, ESPN, TicketMaster, and other Sport's Industry Executives.  Prior to this new position, Tiffany worked at The Cox Center for Student Athletes on the Baton Rouge campus of Louisiana State University. Where she tutored student athletes in Mathematics and Statistics. Tiffany is a 2016 graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, where she organized the first Sports Business Organization, and was a member of The President 64, a select group of elite student leaders.
 

*Congratulations to Dr. Kamasi Hill, the son of Retired General Officer, Dr. Kenneth Hill, who has a new movie screening in Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Atlanta, “Born in the Struggle”

 

“Born in the Struggle” is a documentary film by Dr. Kamasi Hill, The Untold Story of the Children of 1960’s and 70’s American Radicals. Born in the Struggle is a documentary film that explores the lives of the children of 1960’s and 1970’s Radical Activists. In the 1960’s and 1970’s there was a resurgence of pride, identity, and a reclamation of power and self-determination. My family was a part of this movement and as a child, I was inculcated in it with my African name, my celebration of Kwanzaa, and my parent’s insistence that I understand and participate in a knowledge of black pride and black identity. This film explores the lives of people from my generation –who were the sons of and daughters of 1960’s & 70’s radicals. The film addresses the question – What was/is life like for the children of many of the 1960’s/70's Radicals? It explores their reflections and ruminations on their childhood, the influences of their parents, and how the activism of their parents affected their life. The driving narratives of film will be people like Tupac Shakur, Ayanna Gregory, Fred Hampton Jr, Ras Baraka, and Tanehisi Coates.
 
Kamasi C. Hill, PhD is a historian, theologian, cultural critic, filmmaker, and avid art collector. He has been a public-school educator for 19 years and is also an adjunct lecturer. He specializes in 20th and 21st century American Religious History and Culture and his research also explores the relationship between religion and popular culture.
 
Dr. Hill has contributed to several publications and has published several articles and blogs. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan he attended Detroit Public Schools, Howard University, and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He currently teaches History at Evanston Township High School and resides in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Submitted by,
Retired General Officer Dr. Kenneth Hill and Dr. Roberta Hill
hilldrkenneth@comcast.net and DrRo@bellsouth.net 

 

*Payne Theological Seminary announces the Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) graduates from the Class of 2017

On behalf of Rev. Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D., the 17th President of Payne Theological Seminary, the Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Board of Trustees, please join us in congratulating the following Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) graduates from the Class of 2017.  The Commencement Ceremony was held at the Greater Allen AME Church in Dayton, Ohio, on May 12, 2017:

 
Levi Billups
Pamala Bivins
Santarvis Brown
Lucinda Burgess
Laymah Cisco
Tracy Cross
Rickey Curry
Regina Earls
Sheila Evans-Tranumn
Shantay Fludd-Bowers
Charles Glover
Ava Harris
Ouida Hinton-Turner (posthumously)
Joy Igwulu
Mavis Jaudon
Diane Jefferson
Rhonda Johnson
Kenneth Kelley
Hazel Kelly
Irvin Leonard
Janet Long
Elmer Martin
Tony Paige
Candace Perkins
Nettie Ranel
Dale Snyder
Aisha Tate
Barbara Thomas
Phillip Turner
Carroll Wells
 
Submitted by,
Rev. Felicia R. Bagneris, M.Div.
Presidential Office Coordinator
Payne Theological Seminary
(937) 376-3330 Fax (818) 470-9717 Cell
fbagneris@payne.edu
www.payne.edu

 

*AME Church Pastor Maurice A. Buford from the 11th Episcopal District promoted to the Naval rank of Captain

On 4 May 2017 the Secretary of the Navy released the results of those officers selected to the rank of Captain. This Naval rank is the equivalent of a Colonel in the US Marine Corps or the US Army. We are pleased to announce that Maurice A. Buford from the 11th Episcopal District was one of the fifteen highly competitive officers selected to serve at the next level. Capt (select) Buford is now the third AME pastor to achieve this honor. Capt (select) Buford currently serves at Marine Corps University and is being ordered to serve at the Pentagon for his next assignment. Pray for God's power and wisdom to rest on his life as ministers to America's finest.


About Captain (select) Maurice A. Buford:https://nnoa.memberclicks.net/assets/documents/bio-buford.pdf
 

*Rev. Dr. Shirley Wallace Graduates with Doctorate Degree from Saint Paul School of Theology 

Leawood, KS - The Rev. Dr. Shirley Wallace received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Paul School of Theology on Friday, May 12, 2017, during the seminary’s fifty-sixth commencement ceremony.  Rev. Dr. Shirley Wallace serves as a volunteer chaplain for Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, in their Spiritual Care Department.  As a retired Local Elder, she continues to serve as a member of the ministerial staff of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Leavenworth, KS, Midwest Conference, Fifth Episcopal District.
 
Established in 1958, Saint Paul School of Theology is a United Methodist seminary in collaboration with Oklahoma City University and United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. The seminary offers Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. Learn more at www.spst.edu.

Congratulatory Responses can be emailed to: iwallace@kc.rr.com   (Rev. Dr. Shirley Wallace)

 

The Third Episcopal District Announces a Celebration of Love - The Right Reverend McKinley Young, Senior Bishop And Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal Supervisor

 

The Women’s Missionary Society and The Presiding Elder’s Council of the   Third Episcopal District comprising the States of Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania cordially announce the Celebration plans for the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Bishop McKinley Young and Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young.

***** 
The Young Team is an example of what a Godly
Marriage looks like.
 
The Young Team is a paradigm of supporting each other.
 
The Young Team is a model of True Love.
  

They were united in marriage on September 23, 1967 at Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  Their union has been blessed with four wonderful daughters: Karin, Deana, Andrea, and Stephanie and eight grandchildren. Their journey as partners in mission and ministry has taken them to the 1st , 4th, 6th, 15th, 10th, 11th Episcopal District and we are pleased to now have them in the 3rd District.

The Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:00 Noon

The Venue
 The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
 

Please RSVP by calling the Third Episcopal District Office:
614-575-2279.


Luncheon Donation is $20.00 per person 

AT THE REQUEST OF THE HONOREES, ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY

 

Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin, Episcopal Supervisor (Retired) will celebrate her 85th Birthday July 22, 2017



Congratulatory Messages and Expressions of love may be sent to:

Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin
1322 Rosemary Drive
Bolingbrook, Illinois 60490
mjoancousin@aol.com

 

Bishop John H. Adams and Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams Named as Heroes, Saints and Legend Honorees By The Foundation Of Wesley Woods
(A Recently Available Tribute Ceremony)

Bishop & Dr. Adams - 2017 Heroes, Saints & Legends Honorees 
(Click the Link above and listen to the video)  Video production provided by The Black Women's Agenda, Inc.

The Heroes, Saints & Legends event was held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the St. Regis Atlanta, 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. Funds raised benefited Wesley Woods Senior Living’s independent living communities, which serve more than 1,800 older adults annually, as well as specially designated Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research and education programs at Emory University.

“During Black History Month and especially at this time, when there has been a renewed focus on civil and human rights, it is a tremendous privilege to recognize the important work of Bishop and Dr. Adams and the impact they have had on so many others,” said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “We look forward to having the public join us at Heroes, Saints & Legends and celebrating these iconic leaders who so mirror the work of Wesley Woods – ensuring all live with grace and dignity.”

“The name of the honor is a little bit intimidating. “Hero”, “Saint” and “Legend”, said Bishop Adams. “But, it is very flattering and a high honor. I appreciate very much being included in such a distinguished group of people and past honorees.”

“Wesley Woods is very important to me because my mother was a resident and was just extraordinarily happy there,” said Dr. Adams. “I was always struck by the generosity, the kindness, the love that she was treated with and how she was not dismissed there. She was treated like she had something to contribute and to give, and that was part of why, I think, she was able to survive as long as she did, because she felt valued and loved there.”

“There’s no way to overstate how important the work of Wesley Woods is, and what it means to the people that live there and to their families,” said Dr. Adams. “It’s extraordinarily difficult to know your parents are unhappy or are depressed or struggling, then you’re struggling. Wesley Woods is for everyone in the family and it serves an incredibly important purpose.”

The Right Reverend John H. Adams was elected and consecrated the 87th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1972. He retired from active service at the 2004 General Conference after 54 years in ministry, with 22 years as a pastor and 32 years as a bishop.

Long recognized as a creative coalition builder, Bishop Adams is founder and chairman emeritus of the Congress of National Black Churches (CNBC), founder of the Richard Allen Service and Development Agency (SADA); founder and chair of the Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM) in Atlanta, Georgia; the Educational Growth Organization (EGO) in Los Angeles, California; and, founder and first chairman of the Central Area Motivation Program in Seattle, Washington. This was the first ever war on poverty program funded in the United States. He was also chair of the Central Area Civil Rights Committee of Seattle.

In Georgia, Bishop Adams was a founder of the Registry for Remembrance (RfR). Established in 2008 with support from the National Institutes of Health, the RfR serves as the cornerstone of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s effort to reduce the stigma and threat of clinical trial participation for women and minorities. The registry was built on the combined strengths of a network of black churches, Bishop Adams and respected elders in the Atlanta African-American community as a catalyst to prove that an academic-community partnership with trusted leaders enhances recruitment and retention of African Americans (AAs) for brain-related research.

“The Registry for Remembrance is designed to bring awareness, sensitivity, and participation in the minority communities to the issues of aging, dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, which affect older people,” said Bishop Adams. “Participation in the Registry for Remembrance works to make more people in the minority communities know what’s going on, what to do, and how to get in touch with the resources they might need to call upon in case it affects their family.”

Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams is a retired educator and civic leader. She served in a variety of posts from preschool teacher to professor at the University of Michigan, Wilberforce University, Albany State College, Paul Quinn College, Howard University School of Law to the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Her role as Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) and the Ministers’ Wives of the Tenth, Second, Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh Episcopal Districts covered a span of 32 years. Dr. Adams led the WMS, YPD and Ministers’ Spouses into active participation in civic, religious, economic, political and social endeavors.

She served for four years as national president of The Links, Inc., and The Links Foundation, Inc., and five years as national president of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. In addition, Adams served on the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund, Paul Quinn College Foundation, the Southern University Foundation and the sisters of Charity Foundation. Adams now serves on the board of directors of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., the WMS Foundation and the Links, Inc.

From 1982-86, Adams was cited as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony Magazine, and Dollars & Sense Magazine named her as one of the “Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women” 1986 and 1987.

Past Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees include former First Lady Rosalynn S. Carter, former Atlanta Mayors Andrew Young, Sam Massell and Shirley Franklin, business and civic leaders Truett Cathy, Jesse Hill, Ingrid Saunders Jones and Paul S. Amos, Lonnie Ali, and baseball legend Hank Aaron.

Bishop Adams and Dr. Adams will join former Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby as well as Ann Q. Curry of Coxe Curry & Associates when they are honored at the event that celebrates Georgians who have made significant ongoing contributions to the community through their dedication to leadership, service and philanthropy.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia. More than 1,800 older adults, 75 percent of whom need financial assistance and 40 percent of whom live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods’s residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.

About the Foundation of Wesley Woods
The Foundation of Wesley Woods serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing work of Wesley Woods. Through the philanthropic support of our generous community, older adults of all income levels, races and faiths have a caring community and live thriving lives full of independence and contribution. Through the Foundation, significant benevolence care is extended to those individuals who have outlived their financial resources.

About Wesley Woods Senior Living
Wesley Woods Senior Living supports healthy aging by helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, via resident-centered communities. Founded in 1954 with the mission to assure all older adults age with grace, dignity and purpose, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults throughout North Georgia. It operates 10 residential communities, including five HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville, Roswell and Newnan. More than 1,800 older adults, 75% of whom will need financial assistance and over 40% of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings. Some communities also include a continuum of care, which includes independent living services, assisted living services, memory care and skilled nursing care.

For additional information, please visit  or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods at Face Book, Twitter and Instagram.

About Heroes, Saints & Legends
For 27 years, Heroes, Saints & Legends has honored individuals who through a lifetime commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism and devotion to the community have transformed lives. Heroes, Saints & Legends is noteworthy for honoring community leaders as well as for raising awareness around the challenges older adults face and how we can work together for solutions, so that all older adults across North Georgia, regardless of their circumstances, can live independently longer, with a higher quality of life.

Funds raised through Heroes, Saints & Legends are used to ensure Wesley Woods Senior Living residents remain in their homes and receive all of the loving care they need for as long as possible. Additionally, funds raised will also further research, education, early detection and intervention programs at Emory University, our longtime partner, that contribute both to patient care and an eventual cure for both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

 

AME Church Chaplain Promoted To The Rank Of Lieutenant Colonel In The Chaplain Corps, United States Army

On Sunday, 4 June 2017 at Grant AME Church, Los Angeles, California, Reverend James Arthur Rumph, Pastor, Chaplain Mark Bayogar Cisco was formally promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Army.  The promotion ceremony was performed by the Space and Missile Command Chaplain, Chaplain (COL) Kenneth Sorenson.
 
Chaplain Cisco is originally from Liberia, West Africa. He holds Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry Degrees (D.Min.) from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a certified Georgia School Counselor with a Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling. He recently completed three units of Association of Clinical Pastoral Counselor Education (ACPE). Chaplain Cisco has pastored several churches both in Liberia, West Africa and the United States.
 
He accessed into the United States Chaplain Corps in July 1999 and has served since them. Prior to becoming an Army chaplain, he served at Morris Brown College as Chaplain/ Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Residential Living (Housing) and Adjunct Instructor of Religion and Philosophy.
 
Chaplain Cisco is married to Dr. Dorcas Boakye Cisco, a pharmacist; they have five children -Wilma Marie, Mark Emmanuel, Medea Gwen, Preston Warren and Allen Cisco.
 
Chaplain Cisco requests for your prayers as he deploys to KUWAIT this month for a year rotation.
 
To God Be the Glory for the Things God Has Done.
 
Congratulatory responsive can be emailed to:  cisco.mark@ymail.com, Chaplain (LTC) Mark B. Cisco, D. Min.

 

Connectional WIM Officer’s Announcement - The Birth of Grandson, Kyngston Elijah Doss

The Reverend Dr. Janie Dowdy-Dandridge, Pastor of Mt. Herman AME Church, Millington, TN; Connectional Herstoriographer, AME Women In Ministry, and the Rev. Dr. John Dandridge, Pastor of Quinn Chapel AME Church, Paris TN, proudly announce the birth of their new grandson, on Thursday, July 6, 2017.  Their daughter, Kristen Leanne, gave birth to Kyngston Elijah Doss at 1:14p.m., weighing 10 pounds and was 22 inches long.
 

AME WIM BYLAWS:
Section 21 - Herstoriographer: Powers and Duties

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: Jdandr5211@aol.com

 

Presiding Elder Rudolph Aaron, of the European Annual Conference, retires after serving nearly 30 years in that capacity

The Sixteenth Episcopal District AMEC, Bishop E. Anne Henning-Byfield, Presiding Prelate, announces the retirement of Presiding Elder Rudolph Aaron of the European Annual Conference, after serving nearly 30 years in that capacity. Presiding Elder Aaron was the founder and only pastor of Richard Allen AME Church in London and was President of the Presiding Elders' Council for the 16th Episcopal District. 
 
Congratulatory messages may be sent to Rev. Rudolph Aaron via email at RevA1942@aol.co.uk

 

Announcing the Marriage of the Rev. Ritney A. Castine to Ms. Lauren Brianna Fields

With great joy, the Rev. Richelle Lewis-Castine, Pastor of Zion Chapel AME Church of Patterson, LA (8th Episcopal District) proudly announces the recent marriage of her son the  Rev. Ritney A. Castine to Ms. Lauren Brianna Fields. The ceremony took place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, LA, the Rev. Jonathan Augustine is the Pastor. 

The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Dr. Michael Bell, Sr. Pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church of Washington, D.C.  Both Rev. Castine and his bride are members of Allen Chapel. The reception took place at City Park’s Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. 

Rev. Ritney is also the nephew of the Rev. Kecia A. Lewis, Pastor of St. Paul AMEC, Lake Charles, LA.

Congratulatory notes can be emailed to ritneyc@gmail.com or
mailed to:
Ritney Castine
2208 Congresbury Place
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 

Congratulations  Rev. and Mrs. Ritney Castine!!!

 

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. has signed a contract to produce a new textbook entitled "The Black Rhetorical Traditions In The Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA, has signed a contract to produce a new textbook entitled "The Black Rhetorical Traditions In The Civil Rights Movement. The new work will be used this fall as a preliminary textbook for the fall semester at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The final work will be completed for the Spring Semester.

Dr. Kelly is an Adjunct Instructor in the African and African American Studies Program and The College of Education. The upcoming publication will be used for The History of The Civil Rights movement course and The Black Rhetorical Traditions course. Both courses will be offered this semester. Dr. Kelly is also the Chair of recruitment for the African and African American Studies Program at Louisiana State University.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: spidermh7@yahoo.com.

Presiding Elder Emeritus Dorothy Morris, first female Presiding Elder of the AME Church celebrates her 105th Birthday

July 20, 2017, the first female Presiding Elder of the AME Church, Dorothy Morris, celebrates her 105th Birthday. Presiding Elder Emeritus Dorothy Morris served in Guyana, where she still lives. She was appointed by Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot, who served as Bishop of the Sixteenth Episcopal District from 1972 until 1980. Belated Birthday wishes can be emailed via:  sandrapykeanthony @ymail.com.

 

Retired General Officer Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson and Mrs. Mary Eubanks Dickerson  share in their joy as they mark their 40th Wedding Anniversary

Retired General Officer Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson and Mrs. Mary Eubanks Dickerson would like their AME Church Family to share in their joy as they mark their 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 6, 2017.  After meeting at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida in 1976, they deepened their relationship and married a year later in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.  The couple lived in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where their four children were born and raised.  Their three daughters and one son, all married, have given them five grandchildren with two more to be born later this year.  A portion of their marriage vows included a passage from Ruth 1:16 which states, “Entreat me not to leave thee…for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” They praise God for the blessings of these forty years.
 
Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to:
dennis.c.dickerson@vanderbilt.edu (Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson)
marydickerson@comcast.net  (Mrs. Mary Eubanks Dickerson)

 

Dr. Joanne Williams, wife of Dr. Jeffery Cooper, General Secretary / Chief Information Officer, Named One of Atlanta’s Top Doctors

(Article reprint from YourTown Health’s)
For the second year in a row, Joanne E. Williams, MD, of YourTown Health has been recognized as one of Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctors (see the list). What makes the list special is that, along with extensive research, the physicians are chosen by their peers as being the best and most trusted. In the July issue, Dr. Williams is noted for her expertise in preventive medicine. She is board certified in family medicine and practices at YTH’s Palmetto office at 643 Main Street.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Williams has been in practice for 39 years. She completed her residency at the University of Maryland Medical System and fellowships at Duke University Hospital and Emory. She went on to become an assistant professor and staff physician at Emory, where she received the prestigious Campus Life Humanitarian Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Campus Life-Multicultural Life.

“Atlanta magazine just validates what we have always known,” said Jon W. Wollenzien, Jr., Chief Executive Officer. “We’re privileged to have Dr. Williams on the YTH staff and very proud of the extraordinary quality of health care that all of our physicians provide. ”

Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to Dr. Joanne Williams, MD: Jwill05@Emory.Edu.

 

Servants of the Church, The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. William W. Easley, Jr., to Observe their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary

Presiding Elder, the Reverend, Dr. William W. Easley, Jr. and Connectional Officer, Mrs. Ora L. Easley will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary, August 21, 2017. They will celebrate their "partnership" in marriage and service to the Church of Allen, their opportunities for global travel, ecumenical and civic involvement, friends met along the way; the mentors who have wisely advised and those whose lives they have touched and influenced in a positive way.
 
Along the way, the Easley team, also enjoyed careers as educators, counselor, therapist and consumer banker and both have given of their time and talents in the communities and civic arenas where they have resided, receiving numerous awards and recognitions.  Ora, cherishes the memories of serving as the Second President of CONN-M-SWAWO + PK'S and of her WMS Life Membership status (Washington Conference-1996) and enjoys alumna status in the Nashville, TN Chapter, The Links, Inc., (inducted as a Charter Member of the Research Triangle Park-NC Chapter, 1984) after serving as an officer in three States and Chapters. Their only child, dad’s namesake – William W. Easley, III, born in Xenia, OH, a child of Payne Theological Seminary-Wilberforce and of parsonages, was introduced early to exciting travel destinations, renowned acquaintances, educational excellence and trained to render service to both church and community.
 
Dr. William W. Easley, Jr., (a veteran of the student civil rights demonstrations of Nashville, the school busing crisis of Louisville, and the desegregation of the University of North Carolina System) now serves as the Presiding Elder of the Louisville District, Kentucky Conference and Mrs. Easley serves the Denominational A.M.E. Church as the Administrator of The Clergy Family Information Center. They reflect upon their 50-year journey, with “its bitter and its sweet” and the by-chance meeting bringing them together on the campus of Tennessee State University, Nashville where William was finishing his senior year and the pastor of St. Peter AME Church and Ora was finishing her freshman year. Ora impressed by the young student/pastor who lived off campus and owned a station wagon in the days when very few students owned automobiles, and by the attention given her on Sundays by the parishioners when accompanying the young pastor.  William impressed by the studious and popular girl, with the bright smile who began helping him with calculus and statistics.  A meeting by “chance or happenstance” of a young student pastor, who had accepted the Call to preach at age-13, supply pastoring and building a church a year later, at age-14, meeting a young lady that was a highly achieving honor student, who three days after their wedding at Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church, Nashville, TN, willingly traveled to Wilberforce, OH as a honeymoon to live on the campus of Payne Theological Seminary (Mitchell Hall), both pursuing their educational endeavors, beginning their journey together, resulting in fifty-years of holy and cherished matrimony.  We are thankful to God for our journey.
 
Congratulatory well-wishes can be emailed to: Weasleyjr@aol.com, Presiding Elder & Mrs. William W. Easley, Jr.

 

DR. WILMA MISHOE HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE FIRST WOMAN CHAIR OF THE DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Dr. Wilma Mishoe has been named as the First Woman Chair of the Delaware State University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Wilma was an administrator and interim president of Wilberforce University. Her father, Dr. Luna Mishoe served as president at Delaware State University and was a member of the Judicial Council of the AME Church.

Delaware Online News Journal (reprint)
For the first time in Delaware State University's 126-year history, a woman will serve as chair of its Board of Trustees.

She is also the first woman to chair the board of any public Delaware college or university — representatives from the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College confirmed that though women have served on their boards, as of yet, none have been elected to lead them.

Wilma Mishoe, daughter of late DSU President Luna Mishoe, was elected to the position at the board's semi-annual retreat. In addition to serving on DSU's board since 2015, Mishoe was previously an administrator and acting president at Wilberforce University in Ohio, one of the oldest historically black universities in the country.

"I was raised on the campus of a Historically Black College and University by a president of an HBCU and attended an HBCU and was even an acting president of an HBCU," Mishoe said, adding that she is elated to continue her father's legacy at DSU. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. 

In 2010, Mishoe retired from Delaware Technical and Community College, where she worked for 30 years and held a number of administrative leadership posts, including dean of the Office of Instruction and dean of Student Services, federal programs coordinator, Affirmative Action officer, and other positions.

From 1975-1980, Mishoe served as the dean of students and director of financial aid at then-Wilmington College, working under the school founder Donald E. Ross. A longtime resident of Dover, Mishoe was a member of the Capital School District Board of Education from 1994-1999, and its board president from August 1997 to July 1999.

She has served on numerous state and local boards, including the Delaware Public Integrity Commission, the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Delaware Foster Care Board, the Dover Housing Authority Board of Directors and many others.

Her father, Luna Mishoe, was president of Delaware State College from 1960 to 1987, an era of growth and transformation for the institution.

The Complete News Article:

 

Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Johnson celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary

The Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Johnson and Mrs. Patricia A. Johnson celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary, August 27, 2017. They often say to each other “we could write a book, but nobody would believe it,” to describe their journey together, thus far.

Pastor Johnson has served as an electrical engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority before retiring after 28 years. He later taught school in the Sumner County School System and other occupations. Ms. Pat has served as a merchandise manager for the JC Penny Company before receiving her MS in Guidance and Counseling and serving as a clinical therapist with the Centerstone Mental Health Services. She has since retired to provide daily care for their two grandchildren.  

Dr. Johnson has served as pastor of ten congregations before being appointed a presiding elder. He presently serves as the pastor of St. John, Nashville, Tennessee, where they have burned the mortgage. He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and Free and Accepted Masons. Sister Johnson is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  They enjoy working with people and serving the people of our Zion.

The Johnsons met their freshmen year in college, 1974, he as a student of Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities and she, a student of Tennessee State University. They were together on their first date so that that their friends could go on their first date. Little did they know that it would be them two that would continue what was a favor, into marital bliss.

They feel mightily blessed to have a daughter and son, another daughter through marriage, two grandchildren, and numerous sons and daughters in ministry, in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Praise the Lord for the journey. 

Congratualatory well-wishes can be sent to: ameomega@bellsouth.net 

 

Birth of  Axl Thomas Jordan Roland

Introducing Axl Thomas Jordan Roland - born at Emory University Hospital Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of Rev. Ali Holness-Roland and Thomas Jordan Roland. Master Axl is the grandson of Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Pastor Christ Our Redeemer AME (DC). His parents met while students at Spelman and Morehouse College, thus they have a SpelHouse baby. Rev. Ali serves on the ministerial staff of Big Bethel, Atlanta, Georgia where Dr. John Foster is the Senior Pastor. She also serves at Christ Our Redeemer AME (DC). Master Axl just returned from Jamaica visiting his maternal family, he is ready to travel the globe and become a viable global citizen.

Congratulatory notes can be sent to:

Rev. Ali Holness-Roland

a.g.holness@gmail.com

and

Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness

920 Euclid Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

egailandersonholness@gmail.com

 

Congratulations and well wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Mark Dixon on their recent nuptials in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Congratulations and well wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Mark Dixon on their recent nuptials in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

 The former Vashae Richelle Swope is the daughter of Valeria Cummings Swope, YPD Director at Allen Temple AME Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, the granddaughter of the late Rev. Dr. Virgil E. Cummings who served as Presiding Elder in the 3rd Episcopal District and his wife, Rose, and the niece of Rev. Vanessa Cummings, pastor of Payne Chapel AME, Kenton, Ohio.
 
Mark Dixon is the son of Leslie Dixon of Thomasville, Alabama and the nephew of Rev. & Mrs. Marcus Plump, pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, Montgomery, AL.
 
The newlyweds traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their honeymoon. The couple now resides in Brandon, MS where they are each completing their PhD.


Congratulatory responses  can be emailed to: vashae.swope@gmail.com or mbdixon21@gmail.com.

 

The Rev. Ritney Castine was selected by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of 100 men of color for the 2017 BE Modern Man distinction. 

The Rev. Ritney Castine was selected by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of 100 men of color for the 2017 BE Modern Man distinction. 

BE Modern Man is a year-round digital and social media campaign of BlackEnterprise.com, designed to bring to light the countless black men who are making valuable and even heroic contributions to our families, communities, nation, and the world in every field of endeavor, but who go virtually unnoticed by mainstream media and popular culture.

 A link to the article can be found here:

Rev. Ritney Castine is the son of the Rev. Richelle Lewis-Castine, Pastor of Zion Chapel AME Church in Patterson, LA, and the nephew of the Rev. Kecia A Lewis, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Lake Charles, LA (both of the 8th Episcopal District). Rev. Castine attends Allen Chapel AME Church in Washington DC, where the Rev. Dr. Michael Bell Sr. is pastor
 
Congratulatory notes can be emailed to: ritneyc@gmail.com

 

Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine Receives Alpha Phi Alpha's 2017 "National Outstanding Alumni Brother of the Year" Award

Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, J.D., M.Div., the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, and the national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest predominately Black intercollegiate fraternity in the United States, recently received Alpha Phi Alpha’s “National Outstanding Alumni Brother of the Year” Award, given at the fraternity’s July 2017 national convention in Baltimore, Maryland.  The award was given in recognition of exemplary community leadership, service, and social engagement. 
 
A recently enrolled candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University School of Divinity, Augustine previously served as a member of the faculties at Southern University Law Center and Jarvis Christian College.  His published works include a book, “The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law, Religion and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement (2014),” as well as more than a dozen professional articles on civil rights and social justice issues.  He was also a featured author in “Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama (2016).”  A 1994 graduate of Howard University, Augustine was initiated into the fraternity through Howard’s historic Beta Chapter in 1991.  After four-years of decorated active duty service, as an infantry officer in the United States Army, Augustine earned his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, where he later served as a member of the seminary’s Board of Trustees. Rev. Augustine and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two children, Mason and Jillian.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:  
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Please join in and say Happy, Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary (Sept. 7, 1957-Sept. 7, 2017) to REVEREND & MRS. CHARLES (JEANETTE P.) SINGLETON of Awendaw, South Carolina. In celebration this year, they- he, an  AMEC Superannuated Elder and she, an AMEC WMS Life member will attend the 107th Session (their 49th) of the Palmetto Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. They say - “TO GOD BE THE GLORY” as “sweethearts” since 2nd and 3rd grades count their many blessings. Especially for their children Charnette, Charles II, Charlton (Maryjo), and grandchildren.

Congratulatory well-wishes can be emailed to: jeanettepsing@att.net, Rev. and Mrs. Charles Singleton.

Reverend Henry J. Legolie, Superannuated emeritus Presiding Elder, Cape Conference, Fifteenth Episcopal District  celebrated his 104th birthday

Congratulations to the Reverend Henry J. Legolie, Superannuated emeritus Presiding Elder, Cape Conference, Fifteenth Episcopal District  who celebrated his 104th birthday 20 August 2017. "The Eye has not seen, not has it entered in the mind what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him. May God continue to shower His blessings on His servant.

Belated Birthday well-wishes can be emailed via: cjvpza@yahoo.co.uk

 

*Ain’ nothing wrong with that.’ On Hilton Head Island, Gullah matriarch,  Mrs. Gertrude Brown Grant turns 100 Years old

Gertrude Brown Grant has been a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of everything in a century on Hilton Head Island.

She was honored by family and friends over Labor Day Weekend after turning 100 on Aug. 27. One of her relatives, Hilton Head Island Town Council member Marc Grant, presented her with a commendation from Mayor David Bennett citing her “many contributions to her family, her church and the Hilton Head Island community.”

Few will ever see a life like Gertrude Grant’s. She was born four decades before Hilton Head has its first bridge to the mainland — long before there was electricity or schools beyond one-room schoolhouses. She would catch the wave of opportunity that slowly rolled over that bridge, working for the J. Wilton Graves family in the earliest motel, the Sea Crest.

And in 1964, she and her late husband, Solomon Edward Grant Sr., opened the first produce stand on U.S. 278. It’s still there, near Singleton Beach Road. It’s right by the home Solomon Grant built by hand, where Gertrude still lives. And it sits behind another produce stand that is almost as old. It was operated for decades by the late Janie Aiken Grant, and now operated by her children.

Gertrude Grant sold vegetables grown by her husband and tended by their five children. She canned vegetables, jellies, pickles and relishes. She shelled peas and beans, sometimes with the help of grandchildren. And she also sold her hand-sewn quilts.

“One thing I remember about my grandmother is her sense of entrepreneurship up into her 90s, serving people with her fresh produce,” said granddaughter Courtney N. Aiken, herself an entrepreneur in Atlanta, where she graduated from Spelman College in 2007.

Gertrude was the youngest of six children born to the late William “Boney” Brown Sr. and Lillian Nancy Brown. Her father started a school and was a traveling minister. He owned property on Squire Pope Road, and was an entrepreneur who believed all his children should own a business. He operated a mercantile store in the family home that was called “Mr. Boney Brown Store.”

Boney Brown’s wife died shortly after Gertrude’s birth, and he raised the children. The late William Brown Jr. operated the store until the mid-1980s. Gertrude married Solomon Grant on Feb. 6, 1943, and moved to the Chaplin community. He was a jack of all trades, said their daughter, Estelle Brown Aiken of Gum Tree Road. He planted crops and raised farm animals of all types. He was a fisherman. He worked for the Hilton Head Agricultural Co. hunt club in what is now Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove.

They sent all five children to college: Estelle, Solomon “Eddie” Jr., Cornell, Lillian and Debbie. Eddie raised and sold produce on Squire Pope Road, at a stand now run by his sisters Estelle and Lillian. Estelle learned canning at their mother’s knee and still sells canned goods made in her home.

Mrs. Gertrude Brown Grant is the mother of the Rev. Debbie Grant Neal, Senior Pastor at St. Peters AME Church & Worship Center, Georgia Conference and mother-in-law, of the Rev. Nathaniel Neal, Presiding Elder of the Augusta/Wrens District, Augusta Conference, 6th Episcopal District.

 

*The Cincinnati District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host a retirement celebration for Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake, I

The Cincinnati District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host a retirement celebration for Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake, I for 43 years of Servant Leadership.

The retirement celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Fairfield Banquet and Convention Center, 74 Donald Dr., Fairfield, OH 45014.  Tickets are available for the retirement even, contact Bertha Thomas at (937) 213-2833.

The Reverend Wilton E. Blake, a native of Jacksonville, FL and current resident of Cincinnati, OH is scheduled to retire during the up-coming 2017 Annual Conference Year. Since 2009, Rev. Dr. Blake, I, has served as the Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District in the Third Episcopal District A.M.E. Church.

After serving in the United States Army, Presiding Elder Blake ministered at several churches in Ohio. He pastored at Bethel A.M.E. Middletown, OH prior to his appointment to Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District in the Third Episcopal in 2009. His service continues with being an adjunct professor at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH., the president of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, the president of the Booker T. Alexander Class of 1995 and the United Supreme Council-Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., Inc.

Dr. Blake has been inducted into the State of Ohio, African-American Hall of Fame. In addition to being recognized and listed in the Cambridge Who’s Who around the World, for Executives and Professionals. Dr. Blake is a distinguished recipient of the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award. This is a tremendous honor.

Dr. Blake now looks forward to spending time with his loving family, wife Joann Blake, children Chiquatta Blake, Wilton Blake II, Andrew Blake, and grandchildren.

Those desiring to show appreciation for the leadership of Dr. Blake may secure an advertisement in the souvenir journal memory book which is being prepared for the occasion. For more information please contact  Debra Tyus. Hotel accommodations are available for the event at the Drury Inn & Suites Sharonville, (513) 771-5601

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*Presiding Elder Leoncio King Fermin and Lorenza Bruno married, October 6, 2017

 

Presiding Elder Leoncio King Fermin and Lorenza Bruno were married on October 6, 2017 in the Dominican Republic. Presiding Elder Fermin is the Presiding Elder of the North District Dominican Republic Annual Conference. 

 

Presiding Elder and Mrs. Benjamin Ridley announce the retirement of their daughter, Captain Simonia Ridley Blassingame from the United States Navy

With great joy and pride, Presiding Elder Benjamin Ridley (6th Episcopal District Macon North District) and Dorothy Ellis Ridley (6th Episcopal District President MSWAWO+PK's) announce the retirement of their daughter, Captain Simonia Ridley Blassingame, United States Navy. After 25 years of service, she was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal by the Commander, US Southern Command.  

Her retirement ceremony was held at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. The presiding officer was Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews, United States Navy, Retired.  

Congratulatory notes can be emailed to bbdridley@aol.com.

 

Tiffany Marie Kelly, a Sports Analytics Associate at ESPN, has been invited to be the Keynote Presenter at Nova Southeastern University for their Mathematics Colloquium Series

 

Tiffany Marie Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Mrs. Linda Marie Kelly Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Baton Rouge, LA. has been invited to be the Keynote Presenter at Nova Southeastern University in Davis, Florida for their Mathematics Colloquium Series. She will discuss Using Multivariate Statistical Technique to Aid in a Sports Index Construction. She is a 2016 graduate of Nova Southeastern. Presently, she works at ESPN on The Sports Analytics Team in Stats and Information as a Sports Analytics Associate.

Well-wishes can be emailed to: spidermh7@yahoo.com