July 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.