July 2017 - October 2017

(Announcements are in sequential order)

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:

Luncheon Donation is $20.00 per person 



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



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.

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 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.

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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



Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness

920 Euclid Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001



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:  

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.




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