*Saint James AME Church Family Newark New Jersey Proudly Congratulates Pastor Ronald L. Slaughter

Pastor Ronald Slaughter, a native of Orlando, FL, an adopted son of Georgia is now the youngest pastor in history to serve as Senior Pastor of Saint James AME Church in Newark, NJ. Following in the footsteps of deep family traditions, Pastor Slaughter accepted the call to preach on June 7, 1996, under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr.
In just over seven years of ministry at Saint James A.M.E. Church, 1,300 souls have been added to the kingdom, over 700,000 in debt has been liquidated, a $65,000 parsonage and $12,000 vestibule renovation completed, and a $15,000 renovation on the exterior sidewalks and courtyard making the edifice more accessible for those with mobility challenges. The ministry continues to grow with an average attendance of 1700 worshippers weekly at our Newark Campus and over 200 worshippers weekly at our South Orange Campus located at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).
On May 7, 2018, Pastor Slaughter earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  In spite of all of his wonderful accomplishments, Pastor Slaughter admits that without a loving, supportive, and understanding family, none of this would be possible.  He is eternally grateful and extremely appreciative of his wife, Kyla Trinette Brown Slaughter and their children: Kellyn Skyla, Kylynn Rona, and Ronald Levant “R2.”
According to Pastor Slaughter, God has done all of this to prove that He can use someone who is yet “a work in progress” and believes with all his heart that “the best in Christ Jesus is yet to come!”

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:


*The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc. honors Presiding Elder Henry L. Postell, II with the Robert H. Miller “Professional of The Year” Award

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 P.M., Presiding Elder Henry L. Postell, a community servant of Central Florida, was honored as the Robert H. Miller 2018 Professional of the Year from the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc (NFD&MA). This black-tie event took take place during the 81st Annual Convention of the NFD&MA at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center located at 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34747.  Monica May of Star 94.5 served as the Mistress of Ceremony for this evening of honor and recognition, national recording artist, Smokie Norful performed, and the Presiding Prelate of the 7th Episcopal District, Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., who is also a Licensed Funeral Director, was the banquet speaker. 

The Robert H. Miller Professional of the Year Award is given in recognition of one individual who has exemplified excellence through their commitment to funeral and public service. Presiding Elder Henry L. Postell, II has dedicated his life to ensuring that the bereaved families of Central Florida are rendered services of care, quality, and professionalism. He is a partner in education, community advocate and supporter of numerous civic organizations, churches, and youth groups. He provides generous contributes to Orlando Rescue Mission, Feeding the Homeless Coalition and the Salvation Army Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Outreach Ministries.

Elder Postell also assists families with providing no-cost services for still born infants to families in need. He has without a doubt given much to the surrounding communities of Orlando. The Postell’s Mortuary have served the Central Florida community since 1991. 

Elder Postell is also a Pastor and Builder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He now serves as the beloved Presiding Elder of the “NUTURING” North Orlando District, Central Annual Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District, of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Congratulatory Responses can be emailed to: 


*The Rev. Troy Merritt, Jr, and Mrs. Brenda Rhodes Merritt; Presiding Elder and First Lady of the Nashville District, Tennessee Conference celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary

The Rev. Troy Merritt, Jr, and Mrs. Brenda Rhodes Merritt; Presiding Elder and First Lady of the Nashville District, Tennessee Conference will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Friday, August 17, 2018.

They were joined in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, August 17, 1968, by the late Rev. Leo Lesser, Jr., at Lee Chapel AME Church, Nashville, Tennessee.

Rev. Merritt was ordained a Deacon by the late Bishop Howard Thomas Primm in 1979; in 1981 he was ordained an Elder by Bishop William Franklin Ball, at Lee Chapel, Nashville, Tennessee.

Since 1979, they have served in the Tennessee, West Tennessee, and Kentucky Conferences of the 13th Episcopal District. Their service includes twenty-seven years as a pastor, and twelve years as a Presiding Elder. Presently, they, joyfully, serve the very fine members of the Nashville District.

Together, they also enjoy their four adult children, and six grandchildren.

Congratulatory messages can be sent to:
Troy and Brenda Merritt
913 Sutton Hill Road
Nashville, TN 37204


*Tyler Sloan Hansberry, graduates with Master of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Policy & Management
On August 3, 2018, Tyler Sloan Hansberry, the youngest son of Presiding Elder Tony D. Hansberry and Consultant Kathi Sloan Hansberry (11th Episcopal District – Suwannee-North “Jacksonville” District), and twin of Tony D. Hansberry II, graduated with his Master of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Policy & Management from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee Florida. Tyler began his graduate career in the fall of 2016, after completing his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M. Tyler’s goal was to achieve a Masters of Science degree studying environmental regulations and policies, and he is currently implementing these skills as an Environmental Manager with Emergency Response and Training Solutions (ERTS) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. As a graduate student, Tyler was charged with completing and defending a thesis entitled, “The Influences of Environmental Literacy, Experience and Religious Beliefs on Perception of Risk and Hurricane Preparedness in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Florida and The Bahamas”. This research gave Tyler the ability to study minority, faith-based communities interactions with the environment and their preparedness for natural disasters- an area considerably understudied. While gaining real-world experience in the workforce, Tyler plans to prepare to pursue a Juris Doctor with an emphasis on Environmental Law. The Hansberry’s are grateful for the work that God has done in Tyler’s life, and we give God glory for the many blessings he has afforded our family. Thank you for your prayers and support.


The Hansberry Family

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to:

T. D. Hansberry, Presiding Elder
Suwannee-North District
Eleventh Episcopal District – AME Church
*Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, MDiv., senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans served as speaker for the 2018 National Bar Association Arthenian Joyner Prayer Breakfast
Congratulations to Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, MDiv., senior pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, for serving as speaker for the 2018 National Bar Association Arthenia Joyner Prayer Breakfast, during the NBA's 2018 National Convention in New Orleans. The Honorable Arthenia Joyner, the annual prayer breakfast's namesake, is a former NBA president and retired member of the Florida Senate. She is also a lifelong member of the AME Church and an active member of the 11th Episcopal District.
As a fellow NBA member, Rev. Augustine was asked to serve as the Joyner Prayer Breakfast speaker by Rev. Juan R. Thomas, Esq., the NBA's now-immediate past president, and an associate minister at The Cathedral of Grace-St. John AME Church, in Aurora, Illinois. In addition to being a NBA member, Rev. Augustine is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center, and former law clerk to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. He is a graduate of Howard University, Tulane University Law School, and United Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the seminary's Board of Trustees. Rev. Augustine is now a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University Divinity School.

Congratulatory messages can be emailed to:
The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, MDiv.
46th Pastor, Historic St. James AME Church (1844)
National Chaplain, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
T: 225.773.4618