May 2017

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 and 


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


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:


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

Congratulatory Responses can be emailed to:   (Rev. Dr. Shirley Wallace)