January - February, 2017
Mrs. Gladys F. Nettles Vice President of Ouachita Enrichment Center Board of Directors
First African American woman to win the office of Ouachita County Circuit Clerk
Congratulations to Mrs. Gladys F. Nettles, first African American woman to win the office of Ouachita County Circuit Clerk
Congratulations to Mrs. Gladys F. Nettles, a native and resident of Camden, Arkansas. She is the first African American woman to win the office of Ouachita County Circuit Clerk. She was sworn in Monday, January 2, 2017 to this office.
Mrs. Nettles is the West Arkansas Conference M-SWAWO + PKs President in the 12th Episcopal District, where the Mitchell Team resides - Bishop Michael Leon Mitchell and Mrs. Cordelia D. Mitchell. Gladys is married to the Reverend Gregory C. Nettles, pastor of Historic Visitors Chapel, Hot Springs, AR. They have three (3) adult children, Jamie, Derrick, and Courtney, and eight (8) grandchildren.
Mrs. Nettles has over 30 years of experience in county government and held a variety of roles including experience as Probate Clerk, Filing Clerk, Voter Registration.
Gladys is a graduate of Camden High School, and Bryman School of Nursing, San Diego, California. She is a licensed Notary, and Vice President of Ouachita Enrichment Center Board of Directors. This center provides shelter, employment, and education to children and adults that have developmental and physical challenges.
Sis. Nettles’ decision to run for the office of Ouachita County Circuit Clerk:
The decision to run for Circuit Clerk came after many hours of prayer and discussion with my family. There was an obvious need for more diversity, professionalism, courtesy, and education in this office. I was asked “why”? and my reply was “why not”? I knew this would take me completely out of my comfort zone, and I would have to release the fear of losing and having to face the incumbent every day in the courthouse. I was running while working as a Deputy Assessor.
I also had concerns about my son Derrick, who has cerebral palsy; but you know what? God used him in the campaign. There were people voting for me because I was Derrick's mom. God uses the least of us to get his message across. This election was not about me, but about Him! Seeking the office took every ounce of courage and boldness I had buried within to take on such a challenge. I prayed before I went to bed and always asked God what must I do? And who should I talk to next? God walked me through step by step with detailed instructions, even where to put my political signs.
When I think about the goodness of God, I just look around and see where he has brought me from. I thank God for my dear husband, Reverend Gregory C. Nettles, my entire family, and church family for encouragement and love every step of the way. My personal motto is Believe, Receive, Achieve, In Jesus’
Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, J.D., M.Div
Has been appointed national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, J.D., M.Div., the 46th senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, and an adjunct member of the faculties of Southern University Law Center and Jarvis Christian College, has been appointed national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest predominately Black intercollegiate fraternity in the United States. A 1994 graduate of Howard University, Rev. Augustine was initiated into the fraternity through Howard’s Beta Chapter in 1991. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, where he serves as a member of the seminary’s Board of Trustees. Rev. Augustine and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of Mason and Jillian.
The Reverend Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME Church Newark, New Jersey
Elected as Chairman of the Board at Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark
Congratulations to the Reverend Ronald Slaughter, pastor of St. James AME Church, Newark, New Jersey. Reverend Slaughter has been elected as Chairman of the Board at Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, NJ. Saint Michael's Medical Center is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching, and research center in the heart of Newark's business and educational district.
Tiffany M. Kelly, recent graduate of Nova Southeastern in Computer Science and Sports Management
Selected to participate in Hackaton at the 2017 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston
Tiffany M. Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Sis. Linda M. Kelly, Pastor and First Lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, LA. was selected to participate in Hackaton at the 2017 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. She was selected out of a thousand applicants for the conference. The Sloan Analytics Conference selected only 40 from thousands of applications for the Hackaton and she is the only female that was presented to the NBA and ESPN executives. Presently, she is a tutor for student Athletes at The Cox Academic Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is a recent graduate of Nova Southeastern in Computer Science and Sports Management.
Dianna Evorn Brown and Kenneth Jerome Golphin
Celebrated 35 years of a blessed union
On January 30, 1982, Dianna Evorn Brown and Kenneth Jerome Golphin were united in Holy Matrimony by the groom's father, the Reverend W. Cortez Golphin. Raymond Walker Jr and Marla Mustipher stood as witness. Over the years since God has blessed them to raise together two sons (Chauncey and James) and two daughters (Chastity and Kendra), and now have one granddaughter, Evelyn. This Monday past we celebrated 35 years of a blessed union. The Reverend Kenneth Golphin currently serves as the proud pastor of the Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mrs Dianna Brown Golphin as current President of the Kentucky Conference Women's Missionary Society and immediate Past President of the 13th District Spouses.
Stephanie Young, the former Senior Public Engagement Advisor for the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement
Heading to New York where she will be Director of Corporate Communications for BET Networks
Stephanie Young, the former Senior Public Engagement Advisor for the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement, is heading to New York where she will be Director of Corporate Communications for BET Networks. Before moving to the Office of Public Engagement, Stephanie was the Associate Communications Director for the White House. Stephanie has held several communications positions on Capitol Hill, including a stint as Press Secretary for the Democratic Whip, Congressman Steny Hoyer, and Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus.
Stephanie Young is the daughter of Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District and Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal Supervisor. We ask our Church Family to pray for Stephanie as she embraces this new opportunity.
The Rev. Lee Clayton Goodman, Esq., past president of the Mound City Bar Association, the oldest association of African American Lawyers west of the Mississippi
The City of Ferguson Missouri has selected The Rev. Goodman, Esq. to serve as the Cities Municipal Prosecutor
The City of Ferguson Missouri has selected The Rev. Lee Clayton Goodman, Esq. to serve as the Cities Municipal Prosecutor. Rev. Goodman is pastor of the St. John AME Church in St. Louis Missouri. The Rev. Lee Clayton Goodman, Esq. was appointed as pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church on Sunday, October 27, 2013, and as an inspiring preacher, began his ministry motivated by the theme “I only got a minute”. This theme embodies the urgency of the moment in history. Pastor Goodman believes that the church must be engaged with the community and within weeks of assuming the pastorate he demonstrated what this engagement looks like. After a deadly shooting, less three houses from the doors of the church he interrupted Sundays alter prayer and led all the men, young and old to the site of the shooting for an impromptu prayer visual with the family. Under his leadership, the church regularly walks the community to distribute information to residents on services that are availing to the community through city, state and federal agencies. He is the past president of the Mound City Bar Association, the oldest association of African American Lawyers west of the Mississippi. Under his leadership, the Association filed suit against the St. Louis Board of Elections in the wake of the 2000 Elections. As a result of this suit, voters in the City of St. Louis are now allowed to submit a provisional ballot when they cannot provide proper identification - rather than be turned away from the polls. A life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Rev. Goodman enjoys his ministry, his family and his work. He is married to the former Phyllis Rogers and they have two daughters, Nia Imani and Tia Noni.
Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Student body of Louisiana State University nominated Dr. Kelly to receive the Julian T. White award
The Student body of Louisiana State University nominated Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr., Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Adjunct Instructor in African and African American Studies and The School of Education, to receive the Julian T. White award. This award is given honor of the first African American Professor at Louisiana State University. Dr.White taught in the school of Architecture. The award is given to the faculty or staff, who supports the African American community at the Baton Rouge Campus. The Award show is Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Student Union Theater.