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: (Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson)  (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:, 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: 


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.

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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, 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
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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.

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