February 2018 - May 2018


*Rev. Dr. Brenda Arnold-Scott, Sr. Pastor of Mt. Calvary AME Church-Houston, ends a year of remarkable achievements

Congratulations are in order in recognition of some of the multiple back-to-back milestone achievements that have transpired over the past year, for the now, Rev. Dr. Brenda Arnold-Scott.  Dr. Arnold-Scott is serving her 10th year in pastoral ministry, with her current appointment as pastor of Mt. Calvary AME Church, Houston, Texas, located in the Tenth Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. In May of 2017, she retired from the City of Houston as Deputy Director of the Housing and Community Development Department, after almost 30 years of service. This 30-year journey resulted in a legacy that continues to speak. In her various roles, up to the highest executive level, she impacted the lives of more than one million low and moderate-income Houstonians; and thousands of homeless individuals, with public services, infrastructure improvements, housing, and jobs.  Her work was so impressive that she was nominated for and named as winner of the 2017 Bravo Award, the highest honors given to City of Houston employees who have not only demonstrated extraordinary service in their careers, but in the larger community; and in the church community. She received recognition by the City of Houston for ministries under her leadership at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Houston, that are impacting the community. They are the, the Happy Feet Project”, and the “Children’s Therapeutic Outreach Project.” Both projects were founded and launched three years ago under her leadership; and have served more than 1,000 families to date. Rev. Arnold-Scott believes that with God, these ministries are about the business of, “making small big,” clearly evidencing the great impact that small charges can make in a community. She also received two Proclamations from the Mayor of the City of Houston, proclaiming Brenda Arnold-Scott Day—one submitted by the non-profit community, the other submitted by her colleagues and staff who were among the cloud of witnesses to her extraordinary acumen.

In, December 2017, within a few months of retirement, she completed her doctoral work (Doctor of Ministry, with a concentration in Urban Culture) at Southern Methodist University (SMU), in Dallas, TX.  She defended her dissertation, “Shadow of Rights of the Disabled: Executing Social Action to Address a Political Theological Dilemma in Housing Law,” with honors.  Rev. Dr. Arnold-Scott is participating in the May 2018 graduation ceremony at Southern Methodist University, where she will be hooded. Her scholarship earned her an invitation into SMU’s Golden Key International Honor Society, in May 2017. Rev. Dr. Arnold-Scott has no biological children but has been instrumental in helping to shape the lives of her nieces and nephews. She shares this graduation season with two nieces, both of whom she has supported in their educational endeavors. One will receive a B.S. in Digital Communications, the other a Doctor of Optometry, in May 2018.

January 2018 represented the official release of her new book entitled, “30 Days to You: Prophecy, Manifestation, & Revelation, A Journal.”   30 Days to You: The Workbook, is currently underway; and is scheduled for release later in the year.

Daily, she gives thanks to God for allowing her to experience this time in her life of, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard; nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Congratulatory remarks can be emailed to: brendaarnoldscott@yahoo.com, or sent to Rev. Dr. Arnold-Scott, a 5018 Antoine Dr., Suite 170 B, Houston, TX 77092.

 Congratulations to Alexis Gatson Heaston


*Congratulations to Alexis Gatson Heaston. Alexis will receive a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the Howard Gentry Complex. Alexis grew up in Saint Peter AME Clarksville, Tennessee and now is a member of Payne Chapel AME Nashville, TN under the leadership of Pastor W.A. Sinkifield. Alexis is the Daughter of Presiding Elder, Alexander Gatson and Mrs. Annette Gatson of the North District, Tennessee Annual Conference. 

Congratulatory responses can be sent to: alexisgatson08@gmail.com


*Congratulations to Jeffrey Wayne Norfleet II

Congratulations to Jeffrey Wayne Norfleet II.  Jeffery will receive a Doctoral Degree in Education with an emphasis in Leadership and Professional Practice at the 117th Commencement Exercises of Trevecca Nazarene University on Saturday May 5. 2018 at 9:00 AM. Jeffery is a General Board Member and the 1st Vice President of the Tennessee Conference Lay Organization. Jeffery is a member of Saint Paul AME Church Oakwood, Tennessee where his father Reverend Jeffery W. Norfleet, Sr serves as pastor and his mother Mrs. Cathy Norfleet is the first lady.

Congratulatory responses can be sent to: Jeffery.Norfleet@gmail.com


*Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine -

Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine.  Rev.  Augustine, pastor of Historic St. James AME Church and adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center, on having his work, "The Fiery Furnace, Civil Disobedience, and the Civil Rights Movement: A Biblical Exegesis on Daniel 3 and Letter From Birmingham Jail," published in the Richmond Public Interest Law Review. The work connects the Babylonian Exile with the Jim Crow Deep South and the Black Lives Matter Movement, 50-years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

The article can be read below: 

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: jayaugustine9@gmail.com.



The Class of 2018 is Payne Theological Seminary’s 125th graduating class since its establishment by Daniel Alexander Payne in 1893!

MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE                              

  1. Adderley, Quinetta, Non-Denominational
  2. Baker, Carshena, 1st District  
  3. Berry, Ivy, 1st District
  4. Carpenter, Devorah, 1st District
  5. Chang, Michelle, 1st District                                
  6. Creer, Michelle, 3rd District                                 
  7. Curry, Ava, 11th District                                     
  8. Davis, Diana, 7th District                                    
  9. Flowers, Charles, 11th District                            
  10. Graves, Merritt, 7th District                                 
  11. Henderson, John, 6th District                               
  12. Johnson, Catrinka, 4th District                             
  13. Jones-Taylor, Shameka, 3rd District                      
  14. Lewis, Melvin, 7th District                                  
  15. Mangum, McRae, 6th District                              
  16. Mayberry, Vicki, 9th District                               
  17. McAllister, Bryan, 1st District
  18. McCune, Darlene, 1st District
  19. Reese, Agnelis, 8th District
  20. Roberts Jr., Dennis, 6th District
  21. Roberts-Bryant, Anda, 3rd District
  22. Ross, Barrington, 2nd District
  23. Stevens, Lenton, Non-Denominational
  24. Stevens, Michael, 6th District
  25. Tanner Jr., James 3rd District
  26. Thomas, Aliston, 1st District
  27. Thornton-Brownlee, Catherine, 1st District
  28. Tinsley, Yolanda, Baptist
  29. Washington, Leslie, 11th District
  30. White, Akia, 6th District
  31. White, Cassandra, 1st District
  32. Wilder, Patricia, 6th District
  33. Williams, Earnest, 6th District
  34. Williams, Gregory, 7th District
  35. Williams, Terry, 3rd District



1) Anderson, Aimee, 3rd District

2) Belin, Henry, 1st District

3) Billips, Eric, 1st District

4) Billips, Myra, 1st District

5) Booker, Spencer, 5th District

6) Boyer, Charles, 1st District

7) Brookins, Rosalynn , 5th District

8) Broomfield, Bettye, 7th District

9) Brown-Deloatch, Sonja, 13th District

10) Covington, Jermaine, 3rd District

11) Kearney, Daryl, 2nd District

12) Middleton, Linda, 2nd District

13) Purvis, William, Baptist

14)  Smith, Rodney, 9th District

15) Williams, Kary, 3rd District

16) Williams, Sidney, 1st District


The Rev. Dr. Rosalynn Kyle Smith Brookins, Former Episcopal Supervisor, Expresses Gratitude on receiving the Doctorate Degree from Payne Theological Seminary 

Former Episcopal Supervisor, Rev. Dr. Rosalynn Kyle Smith Brookins expresses words of thanks to the Episcopal families and the A.M.E. Church family for their continued support, and prayers over these past three years, as she perused her Doctorate Degree from Payne Theological Seminary.
Dr. Brookins Praises God, that on May 11, 2018, she completed her assignment, making her the first female to pass her oral exam for the D.Min from Payne.

Dr. Brookins will be presenting her work  "The Rebirth of the Woman's Prophetic Voice: Using Liberation to Empower Women for the 21st Century Church" at the Scholars Conference sponsored by Emory University on June 27, 2018.  She offers a very special thank you to Dr. Teresa Fry Brown for this great opportunity.
She states that none of this would have been possible had it not been for the following people: Sir Wellington Hartford Brookins, her beloved son, Bishop John Richard Bryant and Dr. Ray Hammond her mentors, Dr. J. T. Roberson, Dean, the faculty and staff of Payne Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. (s) Thema Bryant Davis, Najuma Smith Pillars, Velma Union, Kaye Lindsey, ReGena Booze, Sharoni Little, and Rev. Cinithia Morris who served as Dr. Brookins context associates.  Last but certainly not least, she extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the officers and members of Walker Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, California.
Rev. Dr. Rosalynn Kyle Smith Brookins says, "To God be the glory for the great and mighty things He had done for me, with me, through me, despite of me, and because of me."

Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to: revrosalynnbrookins@gmail.com


Dr. Herman O. Kelly Jr. launches three Interdisciplinary Titles on African American Studies and Religion
Dr. Herman O. Kelly Jr. of the African & African American Studies Dept. at LSU has overseen the creation of three custom texts that have been purpose-built for his students for the upcoming Fall 2018 semester.

The Role of the African American Church in the Civil Rights Movement is an interdisciplinary examination of the importance of the Church in black life, exploring the agency it afforded otherwise disenfranchised persons during a period of social upheaval, culminating in the Civil Rights Act, a landmark act of Congress that finally acknowledged the status of African Americans and minorities as equal citizens under the eyes of the law. This custom title will be used in both Dr. Kelly’s AAAS 2025- African American Religion and AAAS 3902- History of the Civil Rights Movement courses. “The number one objective of my Civil Rights Movement course is to trace the development and influences of the Civil Rights Movement. I am pleased to be able to highlight the indispensable role played by black Churches in applying government pressure through sustained activism, galvanizing African Americans and others to demand their equal treatment under the law, and as a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement and passage of the Civil Rights Act.”
Black Rhetorical Traditions in the Civil Rights Movement, Volume 2  is a companion reader to Black Rhetorical Traditions in the Civil Rights Movement: Voices of Struggle and Strength, Dr. Kelly’s nationally marketed anthology paying homage to those that dared speak out in the face of danger. This second volume will be used in his AAAS 3044- Black Rhetorical Traditions course as a condensed reader. The objective of this course is to trace the development and early influences of notable black communicators, and the new companion text will look at flashpoints such as the lynching of Emmett Till and the desegregation of the American public-school system starting in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Kelly’s third new text is titled “Introduction to Religion: A Study of African American Religion” and studies the development of African American Religion and Churches from its roots in traditional African religion to the politically conscious tool of social justice that it is today. African American Religion has a particularly strong social and political bent and cannot be examined without considering its social agenda. Historically, it was a haven during the Underground Railroad, and more recently was a major factor in the Civil Rights Movement (an aspect Dr. Kelly explores at length in his first book “The Role of the African American Church in the Civil Rights Movement”).

About the Author:
Dr. Herman O. Kelly Jr. earned his doctoral degree in ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary, and now serves at Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly teaches in both the School of Education and the African and African American Studies Program, for which he is the co-chair of the finance committee. His courses include the history of the civil rights movement and Black rhetorical traditions. He has most recently published Moments of Meditation Celebrating the Bicentennial of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Times Like These, and Black Rhetorical Traditions in the Civil Rights Movement: Voices of Struggle and Strength. Dr. Kelly is a past recipient of the NAACP Man of the Year Award, and recipient of the Kumba Community Member/Organization Award, a part of the 2017-18 LSU black History month held by the LSU Cultural Center recognizing individuals that have made an impact and meaningful contribution to their local communities.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to: spidermh7@yahoo.com.

*Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, retired, the 93rd Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates his ninety-six (96th) birthday on Saturday, April 7, 2018his ninety-six (96th) birthday on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ecumenical theologian, advocate for fair and decent housing, proponent of civil rights, political leader and public servant are only a few of the characteristics of Bishop Frederick Calhoun James.
Bishop Frederick Calhoun James, was born on April 7, 1922 in Prosperity, South Carolina, the son of Edward and Rosa Lee James.
He graduated from Drayton Street High School, Newberry, South Carolina, and earned his B.A. degree in History/English from Allen University (1943), and his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Religion (1947). He also studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He married Theressa Gregg, December 30, 1944.
As a champion for civil rights, he became a community and state social and political action leader. In 1960, he was elected Consultant/Director of Social Action of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In this position, he formed a close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1963, he became President of the Effective Sumter Movement of Sumter, South Carolina, a historic chapter in civil rights. In 1967, as pastor of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Rev. James led the sponsorship of the first 221(d)Rent Supplement Housing Project in South Carolina. In 1969, he initiated the first 221(h)Home Ownership Project in the state. He was South Carolina’s first African American Congressional District member of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Department of Social Services. From 1987 to 1992 he was a member of the Columbia Housing Authority and served as vice chair. He also served as Vice President of the S. C. Christian Action Council.
In 1972, he was elected to the AME Bishopric and was assigned as the Presiding Bishop of the AME Church in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, and Mozambique. Headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, he established schools, a publishing house, churches, and other institutions. Bishop James later was assigned bishop in Arkansas and Oklahoma (1976). He formed a lifelong friendship with then Attorney Bill Clinton. In 1984, he was assigned to the 7th Episcopal District, State of South Carolina. In each of these positions, he built housing projects, strengthened schools and led two colleges to full accreditation; Shorter College, N. Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981 and Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina in 1992. In 1992, Bishop James was assigned Ecumenical Bishop and Chaplaincy Endorsement Officer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church International. In 1993, he was given major fiscal and reconciliation duties as Bishop of the Second Episcopal District (Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and North Carolina) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and he stabilized the District. In 1994, he was selected by President Clinton as an official member of the delegation to attend the inauguration of South African President Nelson Mandela, and in 1998 he was again chosen to accompany President and Mrs. Clinton on an official visit to South Africa.

Bishop James is a former member of the White House Advisory Board on Historical Black Colleges and Universities, the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Board on Religious Freedom, and National Vice President of the Interfaith Alliance. A life member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and a 33-degree Mason, he was inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame (1991) and the Columbia Housing Authority Wall of Fame (1994). In January of 2003, Bishop James was awarded the state’s highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto, for his significant contributions to South Carolina. 

He retired from active duty in 1996 and he and Dr. Theressa Gregg James, Episcopal Supervisor, retired, returned to live at their home in Columbia, South Carolina.

Birthday Greetings can be sent to:
Bishop Frederick Calhoun James
3700 Forest Drive #420
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 787-8201 – Phone
(803) 787-8215 – FAX
Email: BishopFCJ@aol.com

*General Officer John Thomas III, Editor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Christian Recorder, inducted into Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2018

In 1989, Honda joined with the College Bowl Company to establish the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge  (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   HCASC is as much a personal development and learning activity as it is a game of quick recall. Over 180,000 students have participated in the competition
In 2004, the HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame was established, to acknowledge former players who have succeeded in their chosen career and life paths, and to facilitate their becoming mentors for the current generation of HCASC players.
These former players represent the excellence that comes from studying hard, networking, applying oneself and most of all, from pursuing a life goal with all your intellect, heart and soul. This honor is not about the players' gameplay skills, it honors those who make significant contributions after their game playing days.
John Thomas III played for Morehouse College in 2001, 2002 and 2004.  The school was the national champion all three years.  He was awarded the All-Star scorer award in 2001 and 2004 and the Ernie Jones Sportsperson Award in 2004.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 29th HCASC held in Torrance, California from April 6-9. 
Congratulatory responses can be emailed to:


*The Reverend O. Thomas Austin, Sr. Retired Itinerant Elder and Mrs. Verdene K. Austin Celebrated 60th Wedding Anniversary

The Reverend O. Thomas Austin, Sr. Retired Itinerant Elder, 10th Episcopal District and Mrs. Verdene K. Austin, WMS Life Member and Retired Supervisor of Business and Office Education Dallas Independent School District, celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary, April 12, 2018.
A lavish surprise Anniversary Celebration was held for Rev. and Mrs. Austin on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Smith Chapel A. M. E. Church, Dallas, Texas, Dr. C. Dennis Williams, pastor. The celebration culminating with the cutting of the cakes by the 60-year husband and wife team. One cake beautifully decorated with Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary and the second matching cake with Mark 10-7-9.
- Their 60 Year Marital journey -
With the encouragement of Dr. & Mrs. G.H. J. Thibodeaux in 1957, O. Thomas Austin, Sr. drove to Waco from Louisiana on Thanksgiving Day 1957 to meet Verdene Kirven. They met, courted, and made history in April of 1958 when they were wed at Paul Quinn College. 

Bishop H. Thomas Primm transferred O. Thomas Austin from Rankin Chapel A.M.E.  Church (8th Episcopal District) to the 10th Episcopal District where he pastored St. James A.M.E. Church in Denton. Verdene left her position as Secretary to President of Paul Quinn College (Waco), and became a mathematics teacher in the Ft. Worth School District. 

Together they’ve served their communities through teaching and service.
Rev. O. Thomas Austin, Sr. led, built (Johnson Chapel- Ft. Worth), and relocated (St. James- Dallas) various churches in the 10th District. From November of 1958 to October 2004, he dedicated his ministry to developing financial stability, leadership structures, and building church as family through service. He often dedicated his time and service to the community. He volunteered his time and talents to help the individuals in his community with home and yard maintenance, financial guidance, and pastoral counseling and care.

After leaving her position, as secretary to President, Dr. John H. Adams, at Paul Quin College, Verdene served as a teacher in Fort Worth. From there she taught in and retired supervisor of Career and Technology Education in Dallas ISD.  She has served as First Lady, President of the  Ministers’ Spouses, Widows and Widowers Organization (10th Episcopal District under 4 separate Bishops & Supervisors), Conference YPD Director, Episcopal First and Second Vice President, Women's Missionary Society, and A Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society.

They have supported one another’s ministries and offered God’s love to one another and those they served.

Through their union one son, Oltha Thomas Austin, Jr. was born; three grandchildren, Ashley Austin-Hill (Derek), Oltha Thomas Austin, III, and Aaron Austin.

Through their service they have gained family, friends, and loved ones. Some whom they call son or daughter, others whom they call sister or brother. Their 60 years have been brightened in the love they have given and gained.
Congratulatory expressions can be emailed to:
Rev. & Mrs. O. Thomas Austin


*The Right Rev. Philip R. Cousin Sr. (Ret.), the 96th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate his 85th Birthday

On Monday, March 26, 2018, The Right Rev. Philip R. Cousin Sr. (Ret.), the 96th Elected and Consecrated Bishop, will celebrate his 85th Birthday!

Please send birthday greetings to:
Bishop Philip R. Cousin Sr.
1322 Rosemary Drive
Bolingbrook, Illinois 60490


*Dr. McDonald Williams 100th Birthday Celebration -

Thank You from Dr. Jamye Coleman Williams, Retired General Officer

A Note of Gratitude..

Because McDonald Williams did not want a celebration of his 100th birthday, I decided to write friends and family so informing them and indicating that instead I would appreciate a contribution to Wilberforce University (my Alma Mater and where Mac and I met 77 years ago).  Thanks to friends across the AME Church, former students, WU alumni, and family I can report that Wilberforce received $56,200.  The University has thanked the donors and either by telephone or in person I have done the same.  May God bless each of you!

~ Jamye Coleman Williams ~

Email: JMACAME@aol.com


*A Retirement Gala Event Commemorating Forty-Two Years of Ministry will be held for the Reverend Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr. and First Lady Shirley A. Saunders

A Retirement Gala Commemorating Forty-Two Years of Ministry will be held for the Reverend Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr. and First Lady Shirley A. Saunders on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 5:30 PM at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey, Semi Formal Attire. 

Reverend Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr. is the pastor of the North Stelton AME Church in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tickets will be needed to attend the affair and may be secured by contacting North Stelton AME Church in Piscataway, New Jersey.  Both ticket and lodging information is available, 123 Craig Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854, Telephone: 732-287-5184, Fax: 732-287-2221. Tickets for the event must be secured by April 15, 2018.

Reverend Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr was ordained as an Itinerant Elder in 1977. Upon his ordination, he was assigned to pastor Bright’s Temple A.M.E. Church, Warwick, Bermuda. He married Sis. Shirley Harris in August of 1977.

After Bermuda, they were sent to Bethel A.M.E. Church in Madison, NJ, where they were blessed with a challenge for they found seven people there. God’s work went on and the church was built numerically and spiritually. The Lord also blessed them with a son, Kenneth, Jr. Eleven years later in 1989, they left the wonderful people of Bethel all 375 of them, to come to North Stelton in Piscataway, New Jersey.

For the past twenty-five years, God has shown Himself to North Stelton in  many ways. Rev. Saunders’ kind, warm personality has given him favor not only in the connectional church, but in the community as well. Rev. Saunders is a seasoned community leader who possesses and demonstrates strong people skills when interacting within various situations. He is widely recognized by his peers for his strategic thinking and is highly respected by religious and civic communities. Presently he serves at the First Episcopal District AME Church Treasurer and is a member of the Episcopal Committee.

Rev. Saunders has earned many educational credentials, has served on numerous ecclesiastical boards and committees and has received many awards for his community service and involvement, but the greatest thing that can be said about him is that he loves the Lord, he loves his family and the people he serves with his whole heart.


Congratulatory Expressions can be emailed to: conniensame@hotmail.com.

*Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, the 46th pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans and an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center, for his leadership in resoling Carter v. St. Helena Parish School Board

Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, the 46th pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans and an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center, for his leadership in resoling Carter v. St. Helena Parish School Board, one of the oldest desegregation cases in the United States. As lead counsel for the plaintiffs, since 2010, Rev. Augustine helped resolve a case originally filed by Thurgood Marshall, before Marshall's appointment to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Brian A. Jackson, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, declared the school district unitary last week, after Augustine's final court appearance. Details can be found here:


Congratulatory responses can be sent to:

The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, MDiv.

46th Pastor, Historic St. James AME Church (1844)

National Chaplain, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 



*The Reverend Dr. H. Charles and Mrs. Rayjo Farris nominated for inclusion in the 2018 Professional Who’s Who network

On February 20, 2018, the Rev. Dr. H. Charles Farris, retired presiding Elder of the Phoenix/Albuquerque District-Desert Mountain Conference, Fifth Episcopal District and former pastor, and Mrs. Rayjo Farris were informed by Marrisa Ross, Membership Coordinator of the Professional Who’s Who, that they both had been nominated for inclusion into the 2018 Professional Who’s Who network, America’s most respected networking and personal organization. Who’s Who is a national publication and community of top executives.  Each candidate is selected individually.  Once listed, the recipient will be featured among thousands of other accomplished individuals.

In recognition, each recipient receives a plaque and their name printed in the 2018 booklet.

The Reverend Dr. H. Charles Farris nominated for his servant leadership and civic contributions as an ultimate itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, having served in Casper, Wyoming; Roswell, New Mexico; Alleghany, New Mexico; Pacoima, California; Tucson, Arizona; Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Santino, California; Denver, Colorado and for 12 years as Presiding Elder.

Mrs. Rayjo Farris, former Presiding Elder Consultant and local church First Lady, former Fifth Episcopal M-SWAWO Plus PK’s President and former officer of the CONN-M-SWAWO Plus, PK’s was nominated for her dedicated services rendered as a Registered Nurse (RN), providing kindness, compassion, healing care and comforting cheer to countless persons employed in Schools, Prisons, Group Homes Settings, Mental Health Settings and Hospitals, serving in each city where the Reverend Farris served until her retirement.

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to:

revhcfarris@yahoo.com (Reverend Farris)

rjtfarris@yahoo.com (Mrs. Farris)



The Reverend Leslie Joseph Scott was born on the 27 January 1918 in Cape Town South Africa as the youngest son of Annie and Christie Scott. The first building the young Scott laid his eyes on was Bethel AME Church in Blythe Street Cape Town. He attended Church School there and was accepted into full membership in 1942. He accepted the Lord as Savior and Lord in 1945.
He entered the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1950 at the Cape Annual Conference held at his home church Bethel. Bishop Isaiah Hamilton Bonner was the Presiding Bishop. He went to the R.R. Wright School of Religion in Evaton Transvaal. He received His first pastoral appointment in 1953 to a people whose language he could not speak nor understand, thank God for interpreters.
During the ensuing years he was honored to serve the church under the leadership of the following Presiding Prelates: Bishops Frederick D. Jordan, Francis Herman Gow, Harrison J. Bryant, George Dewy Robinson, Frederick Calhoun James, Donald George Kenneth Ming, John L. Hunter, Henry Allen Belin, Jr., Robert Thomas, Jr., McKinley Young, Harold Ben Senatlé and Gregory G.M. Ingram. It was during the tenure of Bishop Ingram that as a Superannuate, he was appointed as the Fifteenth Episcopal District Secretary and continued to serve in the Bishop’s Office under the leadership of Bishops Samuel Lawrence Green,  Sr., Wilfred J. Messiah, E. Earl McCloud and David R. Daniels until his 90th Birthday.
Rev. Scott’s sterling work in the 15th Episcopal District could not have been accomplished without his wife Cornelia at his side, with whom he would give thanks to the Almighty God for 54 years of wedded bliss in 2017.  His credo and witness remains, “Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting thou art God, To endless years the same. O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be thou our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home.”
His contribution to the 15th Episcopal District will surely be missed as he enjoys his full retirement and the rest of his days, so deservedly earned.

Belated 90th Birthday well-wishes can be emailed to: revlesliejscott@yahoo.com  (Rev. Leslie J. Scott)

*Dr. Herman O. Kelly, chosen to receive The Kumba Community Member Award from Louisiana State University Barney African American Cultural Center

Dr. Herman O. Kelly, the Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was chosen to receive the Kumba Community Member / Organization Award as part of the 2017-2018 Louisiana State University Black History Month Celebration by the LSU Barney African American Cultural Center. Each year, LSU acknowledges individuals who embody passion, dedication, and commitment to Service. Dr. Kelly was nominated by Dr. Lori Martin, Director of African and African American Studies at LSU. The award recognizes the connection between the Academy and the Community. The award will be given on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:30 am at The Annual Clarence Barney, Jr. African American Cultural Center, Louisiana State University Club at Union Square Baton Rouge, LA.

The Letter of Awards:
Congratulations Dr. Kelly! You have been chosen as a recipient of the Kumba Community Member/ Organization Award as a part of the 2017-2018 LSU Black History Month Celebration by the LSU African American Cultural Center.

The mission of the African American Cultural Center is to implement educational, cultural and social activities that acknowledge and address the needs of African American students at LSU. The Center also provides a venue for all members of the university and Baton Rouge communities to learn about African American culture, heritage and traditions. As we look to the future of the AACC, we would be remised to not acknowledge and celebrate those who have continuously impacted and modeled the mission of the African American Cultural Center in their everyday lives.  Each year, we honor these individuals during our annual AACC Jazz Brunch. This event is designed to acknowledge individuals who embody passion, dedication, and a commitment to service.  You were nominated for this award by Dr. Lori Martin.

We would like for you and all your friends and family to come out and celebrate your great accomplishment. The Jazz Brunch will be held on Saturday, February 24th in the LSU Club at Union Square The program will begin at 10:30 am. Guest can purchase tickets by following this link: http://www.lsufoundation.org/jazzbrunch.

We look forward to being able to honor you during this momentous occasion. Please let us know if you are able to accept this award by Friday, February 16h.  We also ask for a head-shot and a brief bio of yourself which is due Monday, February 19th by 9 am.
Evante Topp, MA
Assistant Director for African American Student Affairs
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Louisiana State University 
African American Cultural Center

Congratulatory responses can be sent to: spidermh7@yahoo.com, Dr. Herman O. Kelly.