The Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour, Jr., Publisher
The Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III, the 20th Editor, The Christian Recorder


Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III
The 20th Editor of The Christian Recorder

-- This is a modified Edition of The Christian Recorder.

The members of the various Commissions should share with their episcopal districts / annual conferences what happened at the General Board Meeting.

 -- Highlights

The General Board Opening Plenary Session at the General Board Meeting was held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 30, 2015.

There was an electric energy permeating the Grand Ballroom.  The attendance is full to overflowing.  The Commission members are present.  Clergy and laity from across the world are in attendance.  The bishops, general officers, connectional officers and commission members were all in place as were the spouses of the bishops, general officers, connectional members and commission members. The General Board members were postured to do the work of the church.  Perhaps the brutal murders of the Mother Emanuel AME Church 9 precipitated to the eclectic atmosphere of the meeting.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie chaired the opening session.  The Rev. Carey Grady delivered a dynamic devotional sermon from Psalm 3.

The congregation sang every selection with vibrancy.

The Rev. Dr. Jeffery Cooper, AMEC General Secretary called the roll.

Felicitations were given by Senior Bishop John Richard Bryant, Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister, Sr., President of the Council of Bishops and host bishop; and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, 1st Vice President of the General Board.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is serving as the chair of the General Board in the absence of Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, President of the General Board who was / is convalescing.

The Rev. Novell Goff gave a stirring and eloquent tribute to the events of the Mother Emanuel AME Church 9 and the support of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. “On June 17th the murderer messed with the wrong church…”

The Rev. Dr. Goff is to be commended for the outstanding manner in which he as addressed the issues concerning Mother Emanuel AME Church and the massacre of the “Mother Emanuel 9.”

Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, Presiding Prelate of the 1st Episcopal District gave remarks.

The Agenda was approved.

Ms. N. Cajetta A Stephens and Mrs. Marcia Fugh Joseph gave out information about the AME Membership Identification Card issued by the Office of the AMEC Treasurer. 

Ms. Anita Rankin gave instructions about the logistics of the General Board Meeting.

Day 2 – July 1, 2015

The 1st Episcopal District: Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram and Episcopal Supervisor, the Rev. Dr. Jessica Ingram presented information about the First Episcopal District Pre-Bicentennial Celebration and the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference that will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

April 10, 2016 – A few highlights

-- Old School / New School Concert

-- Social Justice Forum with a Reenactment of the 1st General Conference held in 1816

50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference

-- Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Unveiling and Dedication of the Richard Allen Memorial Courtyard.

Additional information is forthcoming

Briefing from the Office the AMEC-CFO

The various Commissions met and their recommendations given to the Commission members.  All recommendations were approved.

CONVO XVIII - Bishop James L. Davis, Chair of CONVO announced that CONVO XVII will be held – December 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Day 2, 12 Noon

Press Conference - Bishop McKenzie presented Bishop Reginald Jackson, Chair of the Commission on Social Action. Bishop Jackson addressed the media about race in America (See “News Around the AME Church” links in this issue of TCR Online.)

- The AME Church was established because of racism and the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church has precipitated a major discussion about race and the AME Church is taking a lead in discussions and the strategies for eradicating racism in the United States.

- Bishop Jackson cited laws and statistics that are influenced by race, i.e., poverty, unemployment, education inequities, incarceration statistics. The AME Church will have a “Focus on Race Sunday” in all of the AME Churches.

- Political candidates will not be invited to our meetings to share platitudes, but will be expected to share specifics on their strategies to eradicate the inequities of racism.

- The AME Church will be forgiving, but we will be demanding strategies for eradicating racism and leveling of the “playing field” so everyone has equal opportunities to achieve the American dream.

Special Reports:

Morris Brown College Report
Wilberforce University Report
Africa University Report

A brief Memorial Service was held in memory of Bishop Vinton R. Anderson and General Officers: the Rev. Dr. Anderson Todd and the Rev. Dr. Carl Hunter

The Benediction was pronounced by Bishop Robert Vaughn Webster

The Council of Bishops Public Statement

The Council of Bishops Public Statement was read by Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath.

Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister is the President of the Council of Bishops


-- To the Editor:

RE: The Rev. Dr. Clementa Pinckney funeral

I want to thank the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the Presiding Prelate of the 7th District, Bishop Norris; Presiding Elder Goff, and the Family of the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney for such a touching and dignified funeral program led by the leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Thank you for quenching the opportunist spirits of several non-AME clergy and their minions who attended the funeral. 

Name withheld


The Council of Bishops acknowledges we are a Church still mourning the massacre of nine sisters and brothers in Charleston, South Carolina.  We continue in prayer for the families of the martyrs and Mother Emanuel AME Church.  Our witness is that grief has not denied us the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  The prevalent testimony of forgiveness is indicative of the grace and faith with which we have been blessed. May God grant an increase of grace for the days ahead!

We express appreciation to President Barack Obama, Congressman James Clyburn, Governor Nikki Haley, Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr. and the numerous civic leaders who rose with wisdom and compassion to serve various needs of the African Methodist and wider community in the midst of this tragedy.  We are proud of Bishop Richard F. Norris and the leaders of the Seventh Episcopal District as they confront this calamity with faith, order and poise. They all remain in our prayers.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church continues to be attentive to the grief and social challenges confronting us in New York City; Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland and numerous cities in the United States and in various other places around the world.

We ask the AME Church on the local level to engage with persons in their respective communities on matters of race as they mobilize to combat the policies and behaviors, which express cultural and institutional racism in the United States of America and other nations around the world.

In the face of racially motivated violence, we remind our membership that God did not give us a spirit of fear.  Nevertheless, we cannot be negligent in the exercise of due diligence with security precautions.  There are various security recommendations available to churches online which should be reviewed by every congregation regardless to size of membership.


The African Methodist Episcopal Church is herewith informed that the action of the Supreme Court of the United States does not change the law of the AME Church with regard to same-sex marriage.  We encourage all AMEs to abide by existing church law as we also treat all persons with dignity and respect. 


We are concerned by the ongoing practices in the Dominican Republic, which potentially have rendered tens of thousands of its citizens of Haitian descent stateless.  We join with our partners in the ecumenical community to advocate for justice, fairness and a humane spirit in a country where the AME presence is longstanding.


We encourage our members to protect every child from harm through the full, safe immunization of our children, and children everywhere.


The Council of Bishops’ Anvil gift for 2015 ($10,000) will be given in support of the families of the Charleston Martyrs.


We are excited about the celebration of our 200th year of denominational organization.  All AMEs are encouraged to support the connectional celebration of our bicentennial as we also encourage local celebrations.


We offer congratulations to the Right Reverend Michael Bruce Curry upon his election as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. This first African American leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States has our prayers for wisdom and strength as he shepherds the people of God in greater ministry.


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*The Rev. V. Gordon Glenn III

As the song goes, "When we all get together, what a day of rejoicing that will be..." Well, the Council of Bishops Service of Word and Sacrament and Investiture Ceremony were nothing less than "a foretaste of Glory Divine."

The procession was lead by ministers in white carrying large photos of the Emanuel 9, which were received from Charleston, S.C., and placed on easels on both sides of the sanctuary. As we sang, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" we reflected upon those who were lost on June 17.

AMEs from far and wide were in place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, just a few blocks from the New Orleans French Quarter and just a few steps from the famed Riverwalk. We were gathered, not to sight-see, but to take part in The Exchanging of the Medallion, thereby making Bishop Julius H. McAllister the President of the Council of Bishops of The African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath, who took part in the Exchange, likened the Medallion of Office to Elijah's Mantle, saying, "It is useful only when it is hallowed with service. It is sacred only when it attaches to a cause beyond itself." Bishop Leath continued that the medallion is larger and greater than any one person stating, "This Medallion represents how far we have come and how far we have yet to go."

Bishop McAllister, having received the Medallion, was charged by Senior Bishop John R. Bryant to pattern his life after our servant-Lord Jesus Christ and "to demonstrate leadership that will keep our Church in the vanguard of love, liberation, and reconciliation of all the family of God".

Following The Covenant offered by the Council of Bishops, the people gathered were called upon to respond. Those in attendance pledged that they have "a heart, mind, soul and willingness to follow," and asked of the new president to lead the people well.

Bishop McAllister, in his response, told his story of his humble beginnings, noting in several ways that he did not achieve all that he had without help along the way. Bishop McAllister asked for continued help as he moves forward in this new role.

Help in the worship experience was offered by way of the Ministry of Music provided by the Eighth District Choir whose prayers of "Guide us and Deliver us" were not missed. The choir, just before the Investiture Ceremony, alerted us with "Behold He Comes," and just before the sermon by Bishop James L. Davis, gave musical voice to Bishop McAllister's response by singing "I Won't Turn Around."

Bishop Davis preached from 2 Timothy 1:5-7, "A Legacy of Faith" reminding the Church that "The Faith of our fore parents is also in us"; "The Legacy has to be continually productive"; "Our faith ought to be bold"; and concluded that whatever our gift is, we ought to "Stir up the gift."

The worship service was rounded out by a soul-stirring invocation offered by Bishop T. Larry Kirkland and readings by other Bishops on the Council.

The service of Holy Communion concluded the worship experience with Bishops serving as celebrants, Bishop Bryant serving as chief celebrant, consecrating the elements. Following the sharing of the elements, Bishop Frederick H. Talbot lead us in The Lord's Prayer - the Caribbean Version - with the choir providing the refrain "Hallowed be Thy Name" following each line of the sung prayer.

Bishop Wilfred J. Messiah offered the benediction following the passing of the peace and singing "What a Fellowship."

Our pageantry and order of an Investiture of the President of The Council of Bishops reflects the seriousness of the mantle which Bishop McAllister has just taken on. The weight of trust and obligations that have been laid upon him is worthy of our respect and laudatory praise.

*The Rev. V. Gordon Glenn III is the Public Relations Director for the Midwest Annual Conference and the pastor of St. John AME Church in Topeka, Kansas 



The Rev. Dimpho Gaobepe

In South Africa we defeated apartheid, in the United States of America, racial intolerance, segregation and slavery were defeated and outlawed by nothing but the power of human solidarity.

Both South Africa and America had their sons and daughters who sacrificed themselves for racial justice and human dignity. Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Oliver Tambo and Archbishop Desmond Tutu all fought against the demon of racial prejudice. Nelson Mandela fought against black domination, he also fought against white domination and he cherished a South Africa which is non-racial, non-sexiest, democratic and prosperous for all. Martin Luther King Jr dreamt of an America society where people will be judged not by the colour of their skin but the content of their character.

The hate crime committed by the racist Dylann Roof against members of our Church where nine innocent lives of African Americans were lost should not go unpunished! Those parishioners and clergy killed by the racist were angels who parted with their lives serving the Lord. By choosing the Emanuel African Methodist Church, the racist once more promoted racial profiling which has been an important instrument used by racist to attack and kill African Americans in the United States.

Not long ago, unarmed Michael Brown was shot dead with his hands raised and there was no justice! Walter Scott was shot dead in South Carolina and there was no justice! Victor White was killed in cold blood and there was no justice! Let us not be provoked and let old wounds not be scratched because we have forgiven but we have not forgotten the injustices of slavery, apartheid and racial segregation.

To Dylann Roof the racist, know that we hate your old South African flag! To Dylann Roof the racist, know that we hate your old Rhodesian flag! To Dylann Roof the racist, know that we hate the stench of your racist attitude and racist actions! To Dylann Roof the racist, know that we hate what you stand for and what you represent! To Dylann Roof the racist, know that your racist acts cannot compete with the powerful word of God! To Dylann Roof the racist, know that no amount of intimidation will weaken the faith of those who love and fear God! To Dylann the racist, know that the Emanuel African Methodist Church is not intimidated by your acts and will continue to grow! To Dylann Roof the racist, know that even if our faith is associated with peace, we will not hesitate to fight fire with fire when injustice is meted against our people!

May the good Lord keep and strengthen the family of those who have been attacked and killed. May their souls rest in peace.

The Rev. Dimpho Alpheus Gaobepe
19th Episcopal District
South Africa


18 June 2015

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has condemned the mass killing at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, USA.
In a statement issued in Geneva on 18 June, the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said “I followed with horror the events that took place yesterday evening at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, USA.

Tveit added “A pastor and members of the congregation were targeted with acts of violence, which seem to have been premeditated and motivated by racial hatred, while they gathered in prayer and the study of God’s word”.
The WCC offers condolences to the families, the congregation, and community. Tveit said “We offer our prayers for healing to the wounded and traumatized, and solidarity and accompaniment to our sisters and brothers in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.”

NCC Grieves With Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina

Read full text of the WCC acting general secretary’s statement: 


Dear members and friends of Emanuel AME Church,

We, as members of the Latina/o Theological community, educators, students, ministers of the words and sacraments, and lay leaders want to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Mother Emanuel “family” during this senseless tragedy that has touched your community. We join in your grief over the untimely departure of your brothers and sisters, pillars of your community, and your pastors, as we remember them among the witnesses to the good. May their witness of Christian love, compassion, and inclusion continue to strengthen your journey. 

Like many others around the nation, our hearts are heavy with the news of the hateful act that claimed the lives of members in your community. As brothers and sisters in faith, we grieve with you the loss of the saints and the violent desecration of your house of worship. In moments such as these, we would like to not only express our solidarity with you but also strengthen our commitment to work en conjunto (together-with) with our Black brothers and sisters against the brutalization that white privilege and anti-Black racism inflicts in our communities.

A theological motif of the Latina/o community is that of reflecting on lo cotidiano, the quotidian everyday experiences of our people. As we recognize the particular racial animus that white supremacist structures aim at your community and the ongoing brokenness of black bodies sacrificed at the altar of these ills, we also remember the moments our communities have felt the brunt of a racist whip together and have stood strong amidst this pain together. We remember the lynchings of African Americans which occurred in conjunction with the lynchings of Mexicans. We remember the enslavement of Africans in the United States as we do in Latin America. We also remember the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement which occurred in conjunction with the National Farm Workers Association, the Chicano and Young Lords Movements, and the struggles for citizenship that occur in conjunction with the ongoing civil rights struggles. Throughout history our communities have worshipped, worked, struggled, celebrated, and mourned alongside each other—and in this moment of grief it is no different.

As theological educators, ministers, and lay folk, we are committed to speaking truth to power: To call out and struggle for un poquito de justicia, for a little bit of justice, in the face of a world that seeks our deaths.

In the tradition of our ancestors and the solidarity of our community with yours we say, “Presente! - to the lives and witness of the saints whose bodily presence are no longer with us.”

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Presente!
Cynthia Hurd, Presente!
The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Presente!
Tywanza Sanders, Presente!
Ethel Lance, Presente!
Susie Jackson, Presente!
The Rev. Daniel Simmons, Presente!
Myra Thompson, Presente!


Elías Ortega-Aponte
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Studies, Drew University Theological School

Jorge Juan Rodriguez V
Masters of Arts Candidate, Union Theological Seminary

Teresa Delgado
Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics, Iona College

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Visiting Professor of Ethics, Pacific School of Religion

Luis N. Rivera-Pagán
Emeritus Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary

Raimundo C. Barreto Jr.
Assistant Professor of World Christianity, Princeton Theological Seminary

Amaury Tañón-Santos
Synod Networker, Synod of the Northeast, Presbyterian Church, USA
Parish Associate, Nuevas Fronteras Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, NJ

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo
Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion, Williams College

Teresita Matos-Post
Pastor, Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church

Rafael Reyes
Co-editor, The Journal of World Christianity

Jean-Pierre M. Ruiz
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, St. John’s University, NY

Neomi De Anda
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton

Carmen Nanko-Fernández
Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

MT Dávila
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School

The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre
Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies, Iliff School of Theology

The Rev. Joanne Rodríguez
Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative/Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium

Peter Anthony Mena
Assistant Professor of History of Christianity, Phillips Theological Seminary

David A. Sanchez
Associate Professor of Early Christianity, Loyola Marymount University

Theresa Yugar,
California State University, Los Angeles

Nelson Rivera
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

George Gonzalez
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies

Pedro Antonio Pillot Soto
Drew Theological School

Néstor Medina
Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

Gilberto A. Ruiz
Assistant Professor of Scripture, Loyola University New Orleans

The Rev. Sofia Betancourt
Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University, Interim Minister Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
Mayra Rivera Rivera
Associate Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Victor Carmona
Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, Oblate School of Theology

Orlando Espín
Professor of Systematic Theology, University of San Diego

Miguel H. Diaz
The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service
Ambassador to the Holy See, Ret.

Cláudio Carvalhaes
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship
McCormick Theological Seminary

Agustina Luvis Nuñez
Assistant Professor Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico

Erica Bryand Ramirez
Ph.D. Candidate, Drew University Theological School

Sammy Alfaro
Assistant Professor Grand Canyon University

Dr. Albert Hernández
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Iliff School of Theology

Doris García Rivera
President Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico

Monica Rey
PhD Candidate, Boston University

Javier A. Viera
Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Drew University Theological School

Anthony Suárez-Abraham
Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

Carmelo Santos
Interim Editor, Journal of Lutheran Ethics

Sarah González López
Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico-Alumni

Juan R. Mejías Ortiz
Professor of Christian Education, Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico
Mayora Iris M. De La Rosa
Oficiala del Ejército de Salvación - San Juan, P. R.

Oswald John Nira
Associate Professor of Theology & Spiritual Action
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas

Ivelisse E. Feliciano-Arocho
Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico-Alumni
Diaconal Minister - Methodist Church of Puerto Rico

Rebecca Santiago Mendez
Revda. Diana Ceballos-González,
Iglesia Evangélica Luterana El Redentor, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Marta T. Rodríguez-Fonseca
Presbyterian Women Past Moderator PC (USA)

Robert W. Pazmino
Professor of Christian Education
Andover Newton Theological School


*The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr.

Based on Biblical Text: Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
On Shrove Tuesday, (the day before Ash Wednesday), at our traditional “Pancake Supper” we entered into a covenant with the Lord. We decided that our sacrifice for Lent would be one of our sins. Yes, it sounds radical! Our prayer is that as we journey with the Lord this season and the urge to end the covenant intensifies we will be forced to call on Him often, if not continuously for the help we need to succeed. By Easter morning we will have cultivated a much stronger relationship.

As we navigate this season of repentance we seek to be free from sin’s power. We have all at some point or another had difficulty in dealing with a particular temptation or sin. How do we achieve victory over temptation that leads to sin today? First we must understand the distinctive nature of temptation and ways to avoid it.

I would like to suggest from the onset that there is a difference between what we call trials and temptations. A trial is different in that it can be sent by God or allowed by God in order to deepen our walk with Him or to bring about God’s plan for our life. On the other hand, a temptation is never directed by God, but rather its purpose is destructive. Thus, temptation is not sin itself. The Bible tells us that Jesus was tempted. Temptation can make us stronger if we can successfully overcome it.

There are a few things we should know about temptation. We must understand that temptation is to be expected. The Lord teaches us to pray each day that He would “lead us not into temptation.”  It is never directed by God as He is never affected by sin, doesn’t make any decisions effected by sin and cannot cause or lead a person to sin because He is totally pure and holy. Temptation is an individual matter. In other words, Satan will always attack when and where we are most susceptible. We are admonished to never deliberately place ourselves in a posture to be tempted. That however poses a particular challenge as we are tempted when we, by our own immoral desire, are drawn away and enticed. There is a pattern. A thought enters our mind, we indulge it; it germinates and grows into a malevolent act. After desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin.

When it comes to sin it is a matter of the heart. As it relates to sin, we need to have our hearts so drastically changed that we want to do the right thing. The apostle Paul calls it the obedience of faith. He says in Rom 1:5, “Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.” This is why Jesus can say "Come to me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

We must consider the influence and the force of sin. Sin is more than acts of disobedience as the act of sin arises out of a heart that is sinful. Our hearts are polluted and contaminated. All sin arises from a corrupt heart. Sin is more than what we do or do not do it is a power and influence in the heart. Sin has a life of its own that seeks to govern us like a master. God tells Cain, “If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

Sin is subtle. Sin seems to just come up on us. Sin creeps up from behind and hooks us before we know what has hit us. Sin is cunning, luring us in by looking good, smelling good, tasting good and feeling good. Sin seems fun, exciting and can be exhilarating. Sin appears harmless thus we think we can amuse ourselves with sin. But before we realize it we find ourselves engulfed and by then it is too late. One taste, one touch, one sip, one time, one kiss, one look and before we know it we are hooked.

Sin is only a symptom. The act of sin is only the symptom of sin in our heart. Sin is a personality and an enemy that dresses up as a friend. Jesus does not like sin! Nothing or no one that seeks to separate us from Jesus is a friend. Jesus is serious about sin and his approach to sin is violent. Jesus says, “If thy right eye offends thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Jesus however does not mean to literally tear out your eye or remove your hand. Why, because sin is not in the eye or in the hand. Sin is in the heart

What Jesus is saying is to be uncompromising and extreme. He warns us that we are to get rid of everything and anything that leads us down the path of sin. Jesus admonishes us that we are not to fool around with sin. We must cut off the source of sin. Whatever is the source of temptation, we are to get rid of it. The question we must ask ourselves is, “How bad do we want to get rid of sin in our life?” More to the point, “How much do we love the Lord and hate sin?”

We are challenged to set our mind on things of the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires. Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The Bible warns that the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. In other words, if we are going to put sin to death by the Spirit, we have to direct our mind and our heart away from fleshly thoughts and direct them towards “things of the Spirit."

We must set our mind on the Words of God. The Bible says “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” So to put to death the deeds of the body "by the Spirit" is to "set our mind on the things of the Spirit," embracing the words of God. We must submit our will to God’s. We must commit ourselves daily to God.

Finally, we are challenged to hear the Word of God and receive it with faith. The Bible asks, “So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?" The answer is that the Spirit is given to us for the killing of sin not by works of the law but by "hearing with faith." When temptation comes, “when you are tempted,” we have to expect it and we must stay ready. We are to put on the full armor of God. We must resist and then we need to look to a word from God that promises He will be more for us and do more for us than what this sin promises.

*The Reverend Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr., is the pastor of Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, S.C.


*Dr. Oveta Fuller and Nyki Caldwell

We are closing out four weeks of residing in Zambia in the summer of 2015. As amazing events continue to occur in the USA, we have been warmly welcomed again to “the real Africa.”

It is winter here in the southern hemisphere. Sunny days have an average high temperature of 78o F and a low that can drop into the mid-40s. There is no rain.  On some days the considerable wind stirs up the loose tan dust. Other perfect, warm and cloudless days lead to cool weather nights for great sleep.

It is a joy to greet friends and members of “our Zambian family.” These are friendships and host family members made since first visiting the country in 2006.  One of the striking observations of 2015 is the many changes that are occurring. I noticed progress when living here in 2013. However, in a short 18 months, there are many changes in the country and new processes noted.
Change happens

First, there is a new President. The former President Michael Sata who came into this office in 2011 died in October 2014 near to the 50th anniversary of Zambian independence. After democratic elections that followed, the new leader President Edgar Lungu took office in January 2015. President Lungu served as the Minister of Defense in the Sata administrator and was widely perceived as the hand-picked successor.

I am told that progress is obvious and faster because of the similarity in viewpoints of Sata and Lungu.

Changes and progress certainly are visible. Some of the most noted in connection with our work are as follows.

- The roads are much better. Major highways that lead north from Lusaka to the Copperbelt region and south to the Southern Province and Livingstone now have no potholes or edges with high drop-off. What an improvement to make these thoroughfares quite drivable! Some construction that was underway during the 2012 and 2013 immersions (the time of President Sata’s influence) is now completed. Rapidly progressing road projects in Lusaka, the capital city, improve heavily traveled streets such as Burma Road and Chilimbulu Road. These landmark roads traverse well-known communities in Lusaka including Chilenge. Chilenge is the birth place of the first President Kenneth Kaunda and the location of the largest AME Church in Zambia, Ebenezer AME Church.

In other areas, we traveled new tar topped roads where there were once dusty, rugged winding streets in the dry season and muddy water-filled impassable ones in the rainy season. Such changes make travel in and around Lusaka much easier.

-  New shopping centers and stores opened. An entire new shopping area- East Point Mall is open. The modern shops and restaurants are anchored by two food markets, Pick and Pay (like Kroger or Meijer in the USA) and Food Lover’s Market (like Whole Foods in the USA). East Point Mall is strategically located between the well-known Arcades Shopping Center and the University of Zambia (UNZA). We were told in 2013 that a new mall was coming. In June 2015 it is open and functioning.

Other modern looking stores and shops have opened in some communities. One afternoon on returning to the home base apartment (flat), we found new rumble strips on Central Street near the bakery area. Sets of these rumble strips (so named because, unlike tall speed bumps, they make the entire vehicle vigorously shake and rumble) are used in Zambia to slow traffic as vehicles approach a pedestrian-filled or residential area. New shops and a taxi stand across from the Central Street bakery and nearby bar attract a lot more people to the area.

- SIM card registration before use of talk time in a phone.  Mobile phone use is everywhere. Previously, use of mobile phones was relatively simple by purchasing and entering a “talk time” code for limited minutes of access to mobile network towers. One could get a phone (use any unlocked phone), charge the battery, load the SIM card, enter the talk time communication code of the chosen network and then call or text freely until a “top-up” of talk-time was required.

In June 2015, we find that all SIM cards must be registered before communication can happen.

Registration in person at a service center requires name and contact info of the SIM card owner before talk-time can be activated. Registration is meant to reduce phone theft, terrorism and misuse of mobile phones and equipment. It changes dynamics of getting communications in place for a team of people who need to connect from distant locations of new individual home-stays in a new country. It is welcomed progress in an overall plan to make Zambia safer and phone service more reliable.

As I discovered, a change is that if a SIM phone number is not used in 6 months, it is inactivated and the phone number can be reassigned.

- Effectiveness of government required teaching of school children about HIV/AIDS. We visited several schools that were founded or supported by AMEC clergy or as missions. Team members often provide a short age-appropriate lesson on effective preventions and the science of how HIV can lead to AIDS using “The Pedagogy of Action for HIV/AIDS”. It was developed by a University of Michigan colleague Dr. Nesha Haniff as a simple way to teach fundamentals of HIV/AIDS. It can be used to open conversation anywhere. It is particularly well-suited in more limited resource areas that lack electricity or other items needed for the formal two-day workshops of the Trusted Messenger Intervention (TMI). The Pedagogy of Action works wonderfully with students in grades 5 and up. We have included this effective educational model as a resource in Zambia since 2012.
The six team members, all female, and I have found more general understanding about HIV/AIDS. Most students have been taught at some level about HIV and AIDS over multiple years- for some since they entered school.
In the first grade HIV is correctly called “a germ.” In grades 5-7 it is also correctly and more specifically designated as “a virus.” The students we visited know fundamentals and some relatively deeper details of HIV and AIDS. Still, most are shy about asking questions in the classroom group setting. Given the opportunity in casual one-on-one engagement, they ask a multitude of questions and express concerns and eagerness to know more that they can apply to everyday individual situations and decisions.

In 2015, the ease of conversations and broader level of understanding HIV/AIDS as a preventable disease is in part attributed to a requirement by the Ministry of Education for HIV/AIDS education for all students in a health education curriculum. This is part of the national strategy in Zambia for creating an “AIDS-free generation.” We can see the impact in the classroom engagements. We cannot assess how more knowledge of Zambian students will make a difference in actions as these young persons begin to make decisions as young adults.

- Required HIV testing of women in pre-natal care and more open conversation about HIV/AIDS.  Impacts of other government initiated policies and coordinated partnerships with CDC, WHO, UNAIDS and other entities are becoming evident.

For instance, all expectant mothers receive an HIV test as part of broadly available pre-natal care. It is a required action, no longer an “opt-in” choice. Those who are HIV+ are placed on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and viral load and CD4 levels determined.

The father of the child also must come for HIV testing and counseling. This national policy is dramatically decreasing incidence of mother to child transmission of HIV. Required testing of the spouse identifies and links males to care.

Typically men would not attend pre-natal sessions and would rarely seek any medical care until they felt sick. The required pre-natal HIV screening that detects infection and links HIV+ people to treatment lowers amounts of circulating virus and reduces risk of HIV spread. This highly effective policy incorporates required HIV testing as we advocate for moving towards zero new HIV infection and zero deaths due to AIDS.

Importantly, the pre-natal intervention policy tremendously reduces incidence of children born with HIV or those who contract HIV from breast-feeding.

Progress as a major blessing

Progress, as defined sometimes by an authority in charge, is not always a blessing. However, the changes visible now in Zambia from years of efforts are welcomed outcomes. The country still has a long way to go before HIV/AIDS is under control. However, collective and consistent efforts of multiple entities have begun to visibly impact and lower prevalence of HIV infection, deaths from AIDS related causes, stigma and reluctance to deal with related issues. There is real progress!

Changes seen are encouraging to meeting the goal of ‘Getting to Zero with HIV/AIDS.’ 

In an official CDC-Zambia visit, we were told that door-to-door demographic measures reveal a decline in HIV prevalence from 14.3 % as a conservative estimate in 2007 to 13.5% from rigorous household surveillance conducted in 2012-13. Lowered HIV infection and fewer deaths from AIDS are attributed to wider access to HIV testing, broader education, available anti-retroviral therapy and direct linkage to medical care. These desired outcomes now must be sustained and escalated.

As one example of progress, on July 1 - the last field day of the 2015 immersion for students, we spent time at the Kabwata Orphanage. It has served communities of Lusaka for over 19 years. The manager, Sister Virginia, has been a part of the center since it opened. She told me that there are no HIV positive children living at the center now compared to the many that once called the Kabwata Orphanage their home. She attributes this to the pre-natal care available to and expected by women.

On this last day of the 2015 immersion for team members, we were told about a family that some of the team members met at a visit to their home stay. A mother and father who both are HIV+ have at least three children.  One of the older children, age 14 is also HIV+. The two year old twins born to the same mother are HIV negative. The mother and father faithfully take their anti-retroviral medications and regularly attend healthcare visits to monitor effectiveness. These parents are successfully living with HIV.

In contrast, the 14 year old is in denial and cannot understand why he “has to be different.” Team members had hoped to engage further. I especially wanted the “American college students” to have some time with the 14 year old. He is “sick sporadically.” He is in a rebellious teen phase where he does not want to take the required meds or face the realities necessary to make infection with HIV a manageable chronic disease. We often find that some HIV+ young teens have not been told by family members that they are HIV+. They are left to wonder about the reason behind their sporadic sickness and frequent medical appointments.

While HIV/AIDS can be managed and HIV infection avoided, daily management is still froth with the required discipline and the burdens of psychological and social-behavioral coping skills. No system is yet in place to routinely address these. 

Completing the summer 2015 field immersion

The four weeks of June 2015 in Zambia are the immersion portion of an experiential learning course for University of Michigan undergraduates called “Global Impact of Microbes: Fieldwork.” While at the field site, we work with networks of clergy and religious leaders to use the Trusted Messenger Intervention for HIV/AIDS and whatever means available to communicate effectively why and how HIV can be stopped. We follow-up their actions in site visits and focus groups.

We can celebrate the visible successes from efforts of many entities to get out the word that HIV/AIDS can be eliminated. It is a major advance that routine HIV testing and counseling is on the rise in Zambia. It is the absolute key step in controlling the impact of HIV, a relatively weak virus.

Change is happening all around. In this country, visible positive change is progress. Such progress is a blessing!

Contributor Biography:

Nyki H. Caldwell served as the Project Assistant for the 2015 microbiology immersion course. She is a 2015 graduate of Wake Forest University in Health and Exercise Science and Psychology. This is her 3rd trip to live and work in Zambia.

*The Rev. Oveta Fuller Caldwell, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School, Associate Director of the U-M African Studies Center and an AMEC itinerant elder and former pastor. She lived in Zambia for most of 2013 to study HIV/AIDS prevention among networks of religious leaders.


*Brother Bill Dickens


We live in a world where wicked acts seemingly are becoming the norm not the exception.  Random shootings, robberies, homicides, police malfeasance and corrupt political leaders have shaped and defined the political, economic and cultural landscape.  Why the preference for wicked behavior? Why are people who were previously risk-averse to such behavior now embracing wicked behavior as a "badge of honor"?  The Old Testament prophet Micah struggled with these questions during his ministry.  The Adult AME Church School lesson for July 5, 2015 provides a framework for why wicked behavior exists and the concomitant consequences for such behavior.  An important takeaway from Micah's message is wickedness will eventually be judged.  There is no escaping a just and merciful God.

Bible Lesson   Micah 2:1-13

Micah's prophesy centers around the time of the divided Kingdom.  He is a contemporary of Isaiah.  The people of Israel have gone off the "moral cliff".  Many of Micah's colleagues were encouraging him to develop a deaf ear to the increase in amoral behavior.  Ungodly behavior accelerated.  Callous indifference to one's neighbor became the new norm.  The moral decay reached a new low when some of Micah's countrymen urged a preference for false prophets over true prophets.   Many of the people had become defiant of God's commands forcing Micah to prophesy about their impending doom.  The wicked in Chapter 2 take no rest.  Their attitude of rebellion is not going by unnoticed by God.  What they thought was socially accepted behavior was actually the start of their own demise.  Sin is never considered "acceptable".

Bible Application

Our print and online media is inundated with stories about random acts of wickedness.  Whether it is about sectarian violence in Nigeria, the Middle East, Russian-Ukrainian conflict or cases of racist acts in the US, wickedness prevails. The bigger issue is not necessarily wickedness but our response to deviant behavior.  As Independence Day is celebrated across the US many forget that this national holiday was defined by moral wickedness defined as chattel labor or the enslavement of Africans in America.  Frederick Douglas' timeless speech about the hypocrisy of July 4th echoes the moral and political wickedness during the mid-19th century.  Do we remain sideline onlookers or do we become involved in changing the outcome?  A response to wickedness involves risk.  Risk can never be eliminated.  We can only manage risk.  If we have intolerance to wickedness this will entail accepting the risk.  Micah, as a prophet of Yahweh was diametrically opposed to wickedness because it violated God's law.  He accepted the risk to speak out.  Where are the Micah's today?

*Brother Bill Dickens is currently the Church School Teacher at Allen AME Church in Tacoma, Washington.  He is currently a member of the Fellowship of Church Educators for the African Methodist Episcopal Church


*The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby

Traveling rural South Carolina’s highways and byways has generated more than a few laughs about road and property signs along the way.  I travel U.S. Highway 21 to reach four welcoming churches in Beaufort, Burton and Dale, South Carolina.  Before reaching those churches, however, I drive past a small farm that’s cryptically named “Backache Acres.”  I visited the opening session of the Central Annual Conference at Rock Hill AME Church in Vance, SC before writing this meditation.  That spirited church is on Rock Hill Road but to get there, you first have to turn onto and travel down “Po Chance Road!”

I know nothing about “Backache Acres” beyond the implied suggestion in the name that developing the property wasn’t easy.  I also have no idea of how “Po Chance” road got its name, beyond the fact that some informal rural road names became official with the need for easily identifiable Emergency Medical Service street addresses.  What struck me about both signs, however, is that when you pass “Backache Acres” and “Po Chance Road,” you find welcoming churches that symbolize the presence of God and that are sources of respite, renewal and rejoicing.

Remember my travel experience as a Presiding Elder as you travel life’s roads, and remember the opening words of Langston Hughes’ poem Mother to Son: “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”  We all run into obstacles caused by obstinate people and oppressive situations, have to navigate sharp curves of confusion and consternation, have to struggle up steep hills of stress and sadness and have to deal with deep valleys of discouragement and disappointment as we travel life’s roads.  We encounter not only backaches, but headaches and heartaches and face situations that present limited options and poor chances.

Life’s roads aren’t always easy, but when we trust in the Lord and press on anyhow, we’ll find what I found when I traveled beyond “Backache Acres” and “Po Chance Road” - a loving and welcoming God who never fails to meet our needs, lift our spirits and bring us new hope, new possibilities, new power and new joy.

None of us knows what lies ahead of us on life’s roads, but when we trust in the God who sent His Son into this world for our salvation, we can press on in the spirit of the writer who said:

Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide us till the day is done.  There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus.  No, not one; no, not one!”

This Meditation is also available as a Blog on the Beaufort District’s Website: www.beaufortdistrict.org

Get Ready for Sunday, and have a great day in your house of worship!

*The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Darby is the Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


-- The Rev. Toni Belin Ingram will serve as director of Candler’s Black Church Studies (BCS) Program

Congratulations to the Rev. Toni Belin Ingram! The Rev. Toni Belin Ingram will serve as director of Candler’s Black Church Studies (BCS) program, as well as an assistant professor in the practice of practical theology. She succeeds Teresa Fry Brown, who has been named the school’s next Bandy Professor of Preaching.  Ingram, a 2007 Candler graduate, pastors Greater Turner Chapel AME Church in Atlanta and has also served as an Intern Chaplain at Emory University Hospital. She specializes in pastoral care, faith and philanthropy, church and community, nonprofit leadership and urban ministries.

News announcement:

The Reverend Toni Belin Ingram is the wife of Raymond Ingram and the daughter of Bishop and Mrs. Henry Allen Belin, Jr. (retired).

-- Kalley Renee Lynn Johnson born to Alona Thomas and Leon Johnson

It is with great excitement and joy that I announce the birth of my newest grandchild, a beautiful little girl, Kalley Renee Lynn Johnson, born to my "#1 And Only Daughter," Alona Thomas and Leon Johnson.

Lil' Miss Kalley made her grand appearance on Thursday, 6/18/2015, at 5:26 AM, weighing 7.0 lbs and 19.5" long.

I am the very proud grandmother, aka "Mama Rev," Itinerant Elder and recent transplant from the 5th Episcopal District, now serving in the 3rd Episcopal District as an Associate Minister at United AME Church-Xenia, Ohio (Pastor John E. Freeman). I am currently a senior residing on the campus of Payne Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Felicia R. Bagneris, Student Assistant
Office of the Academic Dean
Payne Theological Seminary, MDiv 2016
1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Rd.
Wilberforce, OH 45384

Telephone: (937) 376-2946 ext. 202
Cell: (818) 470-9717

-- Congratulations and Salutations to Colonel Troy E. Dunn on his recent promotion in the U.S. Air Force

In May 2015, Colonel Troy E. Dunn became the Installation Commander of the 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He commands a team of more than 3,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel who conduct base-level activities for the entire installation, including security, civil engineering, communications, logistics, finance, contracting, chaplaincy, legal, lodging, medical, military and civilian personnel and force support programs. The 10th Air Base Wing supports more than 4,000 cadets and a total military community of more than 25,000 personnel. He is responsible for a $150 million annual operating budget and serves as the Crisis Action Team Commander during all Air Force Academy installation contingency operations.

Colonel Troy E. Dunn is the son of the Rev. Roosevelt and Mrs. Gloria Dunn of Oklahoma City.  The Rev. and Mrs. Dunn are members of Allen Chapel AME Church. Troy is married to Sonya Carter Dunn and they have four children; Elisabeth, Jonathan, Matthew and Hannah.  Sonya is the daughter of the Reverend Seaborn Carter who once pastored Sherman Chapel AME Church in Oklahoma City and the late Reverend Cora Carter. 

Please see more accomplishments of Colonel Troy E. Dunn at this link:

Congratulatory email can be sent to: tina.grissom@dhs.arkansas.gov 


We regret to announce the death and Homegoing Celebration of Mr. Stanley Cox Blay the uncle of Bishop David Rwhynica Daniels, Jr., Presiding Prelate of the Fifteenth Episcopal District.

Homegoing Celebration:

June 27, 2015 at 9:00 am
Bethlehem AME Church
Burlington, New Jersey 08016

Telephone: 609-386-6664

The Rev. M. Shawn Bradley, pastor
Eulogy: Bishop David R. Daniels, Jr., Nephew

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Bishop David Rwhynica Daniels Jr.
39 Kasselsvlei Road
Bellville South
+27 21 961 4230 Ext 12
+27 21 951 4371 (FAX)

Bishop David Rwhynica Daniels Jr.: rwysayma@aol.com

The Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff, Sr., interim pastor of EAMEC and presiding elder of the Edisto District of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church

The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
7396 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC
Services by: Murray's Mortuary of North Charleston

Sister Cynthia Graham Hurd
Viewing: Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

Funeral: Saturday, June 27, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Services by: Fielding Home for Funerals

Sister Susie Jackson
Viewing: Friday, June 26, 2015 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

Funeral: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Services by: Murray's Mortuary of North Charleston

Sister Ethel Lance
Viewing: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Royal Missionary Baptist Church
4761 Luella Avenue
North Charleston, SC

Funeral: Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
Royal Missionary Baptist Church
4761 Luella Avenue
North Charleston, SC
Services by: The Palmetto Mortuary, Inc.

The Rev. DePayne V. Middleton-Doctor
Viewing: Friday, June 26, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark AME Church
5672 Salters Hill Rd
Ravenel, SC

Funeral: Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Services by: The Palmetto Mortuary of Charleston

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Viewing: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:00-5:00 p.m.
The Rotunda of the State House in Columbia

Viewing: Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
St. John AME Church
2740 Tillman Rd
Ridgeland, SC

Viewing: Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

Funeral: Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
TD Arena
301 Meeting Street.
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC
Services by: Leevy's Funeral Home of Columbia

Brother Tywanza Sanders
Viewing: Friday, June 26, 2015 - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

Funeral: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Services by: Murray's Mortuary of North Charleston

The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Simmons, Sr.
Charleston Service:
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - 12:00 Noon
Viewing at 11:00 a.m.
Greater St. Luke AME Church
78 Gordon Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
The Reverend Dr. Herbert Temoney 

Columbia Wake:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Leevy’s Funeral Home (Taylor Street Chapel)
1831 Taylor Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201 

Telephone: (803) 771-7799

If you wish to do reflections, (pastors/friends/family) there will be a 3 minute limit, Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity, Inc. Omega Service & Masonic Capital Chapter #47 Ritual.

Columbia Service: 

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Viewing at 10:00 a.m.
Bethel A.M.E. Church
819 Woodrow Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29205
The Rev. Dr. Ronnie Brailsford
Services by: Leevy's Funeral Home of Columbia

Sister Myra Thompson
Viewing: Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

Funeral: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
Services by: The Palmetto Mortuary


The Second Episcopal District is saddened to announce the Homegoing of Sheryl Camper, the eldest daughter of the late Reverend Howard L. Camper and the late Minnie E. Camper of the Baltimore Conference.

Services for Sheryl Camper were held:

Monday, June 22, 2015
Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20019

The Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor
The Rev. Rodger Hall Reed, eulogist

Condolences may be sent to:

Phyllis Camper (sister)
PO Box 41223
Arlington, VA 22204

Telephone: (301) 630-5837


We regret to inform you of the passing of Sister Lillie Jane Gorham, the Mother of Sister Lillie Gorham, and Hospitality Chairperson for the Philadelphia Conference Lay Organization.

Funeral Services will be held:

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.
Triumph Missionary Church
Washington, NC

Condolences may be sent to:

Sister Lillie Gorham
713 McDowell St.
Greenville, NC 27834


Congleton Memorial Mortuary

3205 East 10th Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone # 252-355-9995
Fax # 252-355-9990


We regret to inform you of the passing of Brother Warren Leonard, on Sunday, June 21, 2015.  Brother Leonard was the brother of the Rev. James Leonard, pastor of Salem AME Church in Bucksport, South Carolina.

Brother Leonard was secretary of the Northeast Annual Conference Sons of Allen and the Immediate Past Corresponding Secretary of the Connectional Sons of Allen Ministry.

Funeral Services will be held:

Saturday, June 27, 2015
12:00 Noon
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
(A C Robinson Center)
1333 Penderboro Road
Marion, SC 29571


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brother Samuel "Taunyane” Mahlatsi, the elder brother of Brother Thomas Matlabe Mahlatsi, Third Vice President of the 19th Episcopal District Lay Organization. 

Brother Samuel was an active member of the F.C. James Chapel AME Church in Bloemfontein and served the Lay Organization as Circuit President and as First Vice President of the Thaba Nchu District. He was a delegate to the 34th Biennial Session. 

Services was held
Saturday 27 June 2015 – 10 a.m.
Mapetla, Soweto, South Africa


Ora L. Easley, Administrator
AMEC Clergy Family Information Center
Email: Amespouses1@bellsouth.net      
Web page: http://www.amecfic.org/   
Telephone: (615) 837-9736 (H)
Telephone: (615) 833-6936 (O)
Cell: (615) 403-7751


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