Bishop Richard Franklin Norris - Chair, Commission on Publications
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

Would you like to see young people mature right before your eyes? Want to see young people transformed by the minute? Want to observe the whole young people maturation process right before your eyes? Want to see young people evolve from carefree, ‘happy-go-lucky” individuals to caring, focused and committed human beings; right before your eyes? Want to see maturation miracles in progress? Take your young people on a mission trip.

I had the pleasure of seeing youths and adults transformed.

On Monday July 5, 2010, fifty young people and adults from the 13th Episcopal District journeyed to Ocho RĂ­os, Jamaica (16th Episcopal District) for a mission trip. The 13th Episcopal District Team-13 “missionaries” and “construction workers” paid their own way; some had sponsors, and still others had generous parents and grandparents. The stated mission was to build a home and refurbish and paint a church.

Everyone was excited as we gathered at the Nashville International Airport to begin our travel to Jamaica. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the Presiding Prelate of the 13th Episcopal District and Mr. Stan McKenzie, Episcopal Supervisor had taken care of all of the logistical details and had made all of the preparations for the trip. Telephonic conferences and face-to-face meetings had been held; every detail had been taken care of, which resulted in a well-organized and incident-free trip from beginning to end. The 13th Episcopal Team leadership took “care of business.”

Team-13 travelled to Jamaica with the mindset of building and encouraging the people of Jamaica, but the big surprise for Team-13 was the encouragement we received from the people in Jamaica. We went to encourage, instead, we were encouraged by the people in Jamaica.

We arrived in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The weather was warm and most Team-13 members had not travelled overseas; and for many, it was their first airplane flight.

Many of the youths who were quite animated at the beginning of the trip but settled into the quiet resignation, that things were different in Jamaica than in the United States, as the plane landed at the Sangster International Airport. The reality of being in foreign country began to sink in.

After going through customs, Supervisor Stan McKenzie; Louisville-Paducah Presiding Elder Ralph Johnson and St. Andrew AME Church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Robinsons took care of our bus transfers and helped us secure our luggage and soon we were on our way to the Riu Ocho Rios Hotel in Ocho Rios. The bus ride was mentally helpful in helping the members of Team-13 make the cultural adjustment of being in Jamaica.

The Riu Ocho Rios Hotel was wonderful and it had the amenities that makes it a great place for a vacation; a facility that vacationers would never have to leave the grounds to have a great vacation. But Bishop McKenzie and Supervisor Stan reminded Team-13 that the Riu Ocho Rios Hotel was not our mission-destination. Team-13 had one more mental readjustment, but we needed to get our rooms and secure our personal belongings.

Having secured our personal items, we boarded buses for an hour ride to Kyle’s Temple AME Church in Islington St. Mary Parish. We rode through downtown Ocho Rios past shopping malls, churches, huge hotels and homes of all sizes.

Finally we turned on a seemingly single lane unfinished street by U.S. standards that served as a two-lane road and headed up the mountain. There were no street lights on the road because we were in a rural area. The bus driver announced that we were about 20 minutes from Kyle’s Temple AME Church. About 15 minutes into the ride up the mountain to the church, the bus passed people, young and old walking up the road. It was obvious they had traveled a long distance because it had been awhile since we had passed any homes. We later discovered that they were on their way to Kyle’s Temple AME Church.

We arrived at Kyle Temple AME Church and it was the center of the community. Spirited music was wafting from the church, young people in colorful outfits lined the steps singing and welcoming their guests, Team-13 from the United States. Their welcome was led by the Reverend Dr. Millard Davis who serves as the pastor of Kyles Temple and as the presiding elder of the Easter Presiding Elder District. He was joined by Bishop Sarah F. Davis, Presiding Prelate of the 16th Episcopal District and Episcopal Supervisor Claytie Davis. As we entered the sanctuary, the church was “rocking”; the l music was provided by a large choir, drums, guitar and a keyboard.

The church was full and the atmosphere was ecstatic. Tables covered with food lined the back of the church near the entrance. We were instructed to get in line and to partake of the feast that had been prepared for us.

The praise and worship didn’t miss a beat while we ate traditional Jamaican cuisine that included jerk chicken (the best I have ever eaten), salad, saltfish and ackee, yams, green bananas, cake, and yam pudding, and fresh fruit juice; everything was made from scratch.

Team-13 was given a gracious welcome articulated by Bishop Sarah Davis, Supervisor Claytie Davis, Presiding Elder Millard Davis, visiting clergy, members of Kyle’s Temple, including several young people. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Supervisor Stan responded enthusiastically to the welcome remarks.

Late into the evening, with a long bus ride ahead of us, Team-13 was on its way back to the hotel. As we drove away from Kyle’s Temple, we passed parishioners walking down the road to their homes. That was the first of several “epiphany moments” for Team-13 youths and adults; to see people walking great distances to attend church.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

As we boarded the bus for our first mission duty, the young people on Team-13 acted like young people on a vacation. As we drove to the mission site, the mood changed ever so slightly as the reality for why we were there settled in our minds – to build a home and work on a church. None of us knew what to expect. One group of adults and youths boarded a bus that took them Grace AME Church in Geddes Town; the other bus was headed to a location near Kyle’s Temple AME Church.

The group that traveled to the area near Kyle’s Temple was told that we were going to build a home; a one-room house without running water and electricity, but a house that would be home for a mother, a father and six children.

When we arrived at the site, I mentioned to Presiding Elder Ralph Johnson that I had doubts as to whether or not we could build a house, even a one-room house in one day. I saw several shovels, two picks and the building materials.

The excitement in the air proved me wrong. I had underestimated the ability and exhilaration of our youth and the careful logistical planning of Presiding Elder Millard Davis and the 16th Episcopal District Team of Bishop Sarah Davis and Supervisor Claytie Davis. The materials were in place, Presiding Elder Davis had engaged the services of several “contractors” to assist us in measuring, cutting and providing assistance to Team-13.

We started from scratch

The first order of business was digging holes for the foundation; and Team-13 kicked in, especially the young people. Young men and women, college-age to teen became more motivated and focused as the day and the work progressed. Another “epiphany” kicked in and “failure was not an option for Team-13.”

By noon, I had a change of mind and I realized that building that one-room home was going to be a reality. We sweated and took turns, digging, hammering, and helping and soon the walls were going up, the floor was being put in place, the roof was being measured and a dream was becoming a reality. Men and women, old and young were anxious to get the house completed. Spectators came from all around the area who wanted to witness the miracle, and…

End of Part 1; to be continued next week.


- To the Editor:

I read the article about your wonder how many people, who don't read our periodicals. I am pleased to share that I have been subscribing for The Christian Recorder continuously since 1965. I still have many of the issues of The Christian Recorder in storage.

Hopefully, I will start writing an article on our recent Macon District Church School Convention. Bishop (Retired) Frank C. Cummings preached the opening sermon.

Coach Alphonso Varner

- To the Editor:

RE: President Barack Obama Nominates the Rev. Susan Johnson Cook and the Rev. William Shaw:

I read with interest this news in The Christian Recorder Online and salute the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook and Dr. William Shaw upon their nomination by President Obama. This is great news!

I could not help but call to my remembrance that there were two AMEs involved with the first Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton, from which the Ambassador-At-Large position emanated, and also the genesis of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Those two A.M.E.'s were Bishop Frederick C. James, then Presiding Bishop of the 2nd Episcopal District and yours truly, the Rev., Dr. William W. Easley, Jr., then pastor of Campbell AME Church in Washington, D.C. and Treasurer of the 2nd Episcopal District.

Incidentally, I still have a group photo of the Committee taken in the U.S. State Department with then Secretary of State, Madeline Albright with her written note to me for what she thought was a great job.

I was later invited and was present at the White House Ceremony when the first Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom was nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton.

William W. Easley, Jr., B.S., M.Div., D.D., LL.D.


The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church from its meeting held on Sunday, June 27 and Wednesday June 30, 2010, issued the following statement concerning their deliberations and concurrence with decisions made by the General Board at its June 30, 2010 Session.

The Council wishes to highlight the following issues

1. The Council of Bishops received a follow-up report from the Dickerson Insurance Group concerning the feasibility study authorized by the Council of Bishops and the General Board in June 2009. The Council and the General Board concurred in signing an agreement to move forward with developing a Business Plan for A.M. E. Reinsurance with the assistance of Dickerson Insurance Group.

2. The Ad-hoc committee chaired by Bishop Adam J. Richardson presented a plan for “Right-sizing” the General Conference Delegation. The Council of Bishops concurred with the General Board on the plan which will be published by the General Secretary. The plan gives equity to each Episcopal District.

3. The Council of Bishops, upon receiving the report from the Treasurer’s office, goes on record thanking and commending the members of the A. M. E. Church for contributions in excess of $1.5 million dollars, US, for Haiti and Malawi after the earthquakes in January 2010. The Council encourages continued support of these areas, as the need is still great.

4. The Council concurs with the recommendations from the Social Action Commission, and approved by the General Board, that the African Methodist Episcopal Church goes on record in support of the National Council of Churches’ letter to the U. S. Department of Education regarding public education, literacy and “Race to the Top Initiative.”

5. The Bishops join the Social Action Commission in encouraging A.M.E.’s to join AME/SADA and the Commission “on the Hill” in Washington, D.C. in September, 2011. A.M.E.’s will visit congresspersons and the President to express our concerns and support.

6. The Bishops concur with the General Board’s decision to approve the request of the Sunday School Union to purchase state of the art equipment so that they can expand the printing services of the Publishing House.

7. The Council approves of the General Board’s recommendation that consideration be given for the India Annual Conference when awarding General Conference delegates to the Fifth Episcopal District’s General Conference delegation.

8. The Council concurs with the recommendations from the Commission on Seminaries, Universities, Colleges, and Schools, and approved by the General Board, that the Commission establish a committee of diverse representatives, including bishops who currently chair the Board of Trustees and Chancellor of our educational institutions; the CFO and the General Counsel of the AME Church; trustees, presidents and administrators, alumni and interested stakeholders of these institutions to design a study to assess the plight of all of the AMEC educational institutions.

9. The Council encourages a raised awareness regarding immigration issues, especially as it relates to people who are attempting to enter the United States coming from islands and countries of color. Work must be done toward giving some immigrant communities class protection.

10. The Council of Bishops extends its commendations to its new president, Bishop James Levert Davis, for the excellent manner in which he presided. We commend also the Ninth Episcopal District for the outstanding hosting of this 2010 session of the General Board/Bishops Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Corrected Report, of General Conference delegates, is listed below.

The Second Episcopal District did not turn in a complete audit to the General Board auditing committee. It will be forwarded later on in July.

2012 Proposal (Not reflective of approved adjustments from General Board)

Column 1: Episcopal District
Column 2: General Budget %
Column 3: 2008 Delegate Number
Column 4: Delegate # based on Budget %
Column 5: 2012 Delegate #

1-13.85 105 140 125
2-13.05 83 132 119
3- 4.66 63 47 ***77
4- 8.82 77 89 89
5- 9.97 85 101 101
6- 9.74 91 99 99
7- 9.27 91 94 95
8- 3.02 63 31 **71
9- 4.17 63 42 ***75
10-5.97 67 60 **79
11-10.89 97 110 111
12- 3.27 67 33 **71
13- 3.32 61 34 **71

SUB- 100 1013 1012 1182
14 29 29 29
15 49 48 48
16 39 39 39
17 40 40 41
18 27 27 27
19 53 53 53
20 21 21 21
TOTAL 1270 1269 1441(+171)****

: ~ General Budget Reduced due to Hurricane Katrina
* % of General Budget Consistent since 2000
** Equalize 13th, 12, and 8th Districts in the 3% Category
*** Add to Districts 4, 9, and 10 based on additional % of
General Budget Paid
**** Represents an increase of 169 Delegates

John Thomas III
Ph.D. Student
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago


*The Rev. Marcus A. Cylar

To the Editor:

RE: A response to the June 28, 2010 Editorial

I greatly respect and appreciate the work you've done with The Christian Recorder. I also appreciate your June 28, 2010 editorial, "I wonder how many people, who don't read our periodicals, also fail to read the Bible," as it comes at a very momentous and pivotal time in our Zion. You, of course, ask a rhetorical question that cannot be accurately answered, but I do have a clear, but different solution to the problem you presented.

At age 28, I am finishing my second year as Pastor of Tanner-Price AME Church in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and while I don't have any demographical information on the pastors in our connection, I'm sure there are not too many younger than I. As a young pastor who has been a member of the AME Church my entire life, God has given me a unique perspective that allows me to be well-versed in both the rich traditions of our church and the language and consciousness of our youth. It is this connection with our young people and my love for technology that inspires me to remain connected to the rapid proliferation of communication tools ever-present in our world today.

I say this is a pivotal time in our Church because this represents possibly the last opportunity we have as a denomination to retain and reclaim our younger generations, and one of the major ways we do that is through communication. While the church is far from a business, there are certainly some corporate principles of survival that apply to ministry, and one of the most ubiquitous is this: the entity (business, charitable organization, or ministry) that endures is the one that innovates. Heretofore, we, the AME Church, have failed to heed this principle. Presented with numerous opportunities in the past, we failed to innovate as a denomination, and at each turn along the way, we lost significant membership. I say this not because of what I think but what I have learned in witnessing the exodus from the AME Church of 95 percent of the people with whom I grew up participating in youth activities, attending church school, and singing in choirs. Now that my peers are grown and free to make independent decisions about their spiritual growth, they have gravitated toward churches that took the time to meet their needs and connect with them.

When our churches were thriving, we had an opportunity to plan for our future by being fundraising innovators, securing grants and building endowments to compensate our pastors, educate our children, and fund our member institutions of higher learning. We squandered that opportunity, however, so much so that now, our pastors are fighting over the "best" churches with the biggest "packages", and our schools, like Paul Quinn, Morris Brown, and others, have had to endure the fight of their lives to survive.

Also, when trends in gospel music began to change and music ministers, in pursuit of more creative means of expressing their love for Christ, started taking more chances in their music, we, the AME Church, the original American group of undignified praisers, had the opportunity to be innovators in worship, but instead, we opted to keep our noses in our hymnals and continue repeating the same collects our founders crafted over 200 years ago. Since we failed to change with the times and allow our liturgy to reflect current changes, many people looking to worship Christ in a new way flocked to churches more accepting of different, more contemporary styles of worship.

Furthermore, when we began to learn of harrowing statistics underscoring the importance of keeping our youth off the streets and engaged, we, the AME Church, once a great champion of youth initiatives, had the opportunity in the 1990s and early 2000s to be youth and young-adult ministry innovators and develop substantive youth programs in our churches, but instead, we 1) opted to make our youth the afterthought, rather than the priority, in local-church budget appropriations, and 2) remained content allowing the WMS to enjoy far more creative oversight of the YPD than the administrative and advisory role it should have. Because of these blunders in our approach to training our young people, we have seen many churches once overflowing with people begin to decline, as no one was encouraged or trained to take up the mantle of leadership after passing of their most committed members.

Finally, when stories highlighting the moral failure of "televangelists" and world-renowned preachers with household name recognition became ubiquitous, people began looking back to their local churches to find spiritual leadership they could trust, but once again, we, the AME Church failed to distinguish ourselves from any other family in the kingdom of God, as we have plenty of financial and sexual corruption in our midst. In all of the aforementioned ways, we have missed the cutting edge of both the move of God and the various changes that have taken place in recent decades, and because of our shortcomings in these areas, many once-great churches in our denomination are dying on the vine. This is not to say that there aren't plenty of AME churches living on the cutting edge of ministry creativity, but not enough are, and as a connection, we should encourage everyone across the board to embrace creativity and adaptability. We need not be a Church that succumbs to every fad to the point of losing who we are, but we still must adapt to societal changes while remaining true to what makes us who we are. Cutting-edge ministries walk this fine line expertly.

So, what does all of this have to do with your editorial? Well, upon reading it, I immediately began to think of all of the aforementioned opportunities we've missed out on in the past and of how they've hurt us. We have fallen short in many areas, but if we pick up the pace and become innovators in one vital area, I know it will help remedy the problem you discussed of people not reading our periodicals, and that area is technology and social media. If we're honest with ourselves, we will admit most of us will never physically take the gospel to the ends of the earth like Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19, but through the miracle of technology, every church can at least have a website that has the potential to reach the whole world.

Although every ministry must have a website for that reason, the way we communicate with each other and disseminate information today has rendered the idea of having just a website archaic and almost obsolete. The way we use a computer today is vastly different now from just ten years ago, and the communicative and information-gathering capabilities of our phones today far outweigh existing technologies even just five years ago. In 1995, having a website was seen as a luxury, and by 2002, it was standard operating procedure. Now, however, you must not only have a website, but you must be connected to the world of social media. You must be connected a social networking site, such as Twitter or Facebook, allowing for more frequent updates and closer interaction with people than a standard website. On top of that, it is also very beneficial for a ministry to be connected to an online web video site like YouTube or Vimeo, where videos highlighting some of your major activities can be posted and linked to your social media pages or website.

Properly using these and other social networking tools allows a ministry to keep both itself and, more importantly, Jesus, at the front of people's minds constantly. As AMEs, our heritage is a rich one rooted in outreach and tremendous community service; as Christians, we are mandated to think and act globally in our ministry efforts. After physically making missions trips to various parts of the world, the next best way for us to have a global footprint is to have a consistent, strategic social media strategy dictating how communication will function throughout the connection and to the world. No one can possibly know what we're doing unless we use every possible means at our disposal to tell them.

For instance, it took me personally perusing our connectional website a few days ago to learn that our Senior Bishop, the Rt. Rev. John R. Bryant, had issued an open letter at the beginning of June condemning the inhumane acts Israel has committed recently against Palestine. In this letter, Bishop Bryant announced he was canceling the 4th District Clergy Family Organization Lenten pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2011 and requested that we all withdraw our financial support from Israel until they dramatically change their humanitarian policy. This was a major political statement for the Senior Bishop of an African American denomination to make, as it has always been America's foreign policy to support Israel over Palestine. Bishop Bryant's letter, while not lengthy, presents a message that everyone should read and take heed to, but without any mechanism to publicize that letter, I wonder how many people have seen it or even know it exists?

This is precisely the question you asked in your editorial regarding our connectional publications. How many people truly read the materials we publish? While we may never be able to answer that question, we can do a better job of publicizing our material on various social media networks so that more people will know about them. I grew up in the AME Church, but it wasn't until I became a pastor that I learned of all of our periodicals. Now, while much of the onus falls on each pastor and each church to make these publications known to the people, it would surely go a long way to have some kind of web advertising backing their production and bolstering their sales. It is very true that a great segment of our Zion is not technologically fluent enough to understand much of what I am talking about, but more than enough of us, bishops, pastors, ministers, and laity, are knowledgeable of these technologies that we must demand they be used connectionally.

Videos highlighting the recent 4th District YPD mission trip to the Dominican Republic should be posted to YouTube so it would be available to be viewed by everyone in the connection to view and be encouraged about what our young people are doing. Annual Conference workshops and worship services can be streamed live via UStream or LiveStream through each episcopal district's website to inform and enrich those who either cannot be in attendance or reside in other conferences or districts. Audio excerpts from workshops or particularly powerful sermons preached at connectional meetings should be posted so AMEs worldwide can listen and be blessed by them. Fundraising campaigns for our ongoing contribution to the Haitian recovery effort, as well for the work being done in Districts 14-20, should be publicized on social media networks and also connected to such fundraising vehicles as Good Search or MGive, the same organization enabling the Red Cross, Yele Haiti, and others to support text donations. Notable programs premiering on the AME Network on www.StreamingFaith.com should be advertised through mass email and social media updates. Articles from The Christian Recorder highlighting the bi-vocational pastorate should be linked to Twitter and Facebook to provide encouragement to all such laborers in the vineyard. New AME-authored publications appearing on the AMEC Publishing House website should be featured in email campaigns and linked on social media sites so that more of us will know about them and be compelled to purchase them.

Other denominations like the Assemblies of God and the United Methodist Church have taken the lead in technology and social media strategy at the denominational level, but, at a time when many are still just learning what social media is, we, the AME Church, still have the opportunity to be innovators in this vital area in the future of global ministry. Our very survival as a viable denomination through the remainder of this century and beyond hinges upon our ability to get on board with this major move in society. In fact, it is so important that I predict sometime within the next five years, our General Board will have to create a new general office of technology, networking, and communication and appoint a capable, full-time servant to meet the ever-changing needs of this office. When this is done, whoever is serving in this position will ensure, to the best of his/her ability, that everyone who wants to stay abreast of our publications, not just pastors and extraordinarily faithful laypeople, will be able to do so.

*The Rev. Marcus A. Cylar is the pastor, Tanner-Price AME Church in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and serves as the Director of Christian Education, Canadian Conference

Email: pastorcylar@tanner-price.com


The Reverend Dennis C. Dickerson, Ph.D., the 13th Historiographer and 13th Editor of The A.M.E. Church Review, addressed the Friends of the World Methodist Museum at its 26th annual dinner meeting at Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina on July 16, 2010.

Dr. George Freeman, the General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, introduced the senior General Officer in African Methodism to an audience of 100 persons. Included in this large and appreciative assembly was Dr. Joe Hale, the former General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, and Bishop Richard Wilke, the retired United Methodist Bishop of Arkansas and author of the widely read, And Are We Yet Alive.

Dr. Dickerson spoke on the subject, “A.M.E. Preachers in Politics: The Wesleyan Witness of the Careys of Chicago.” He discussed how Bishop Archibald J. Carey, Sr., the 43rd Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Reverend Archibald J. Carey, Jr. embodied Wesleyan social holiness in their public ministries.

After the address numerous persons purchased Dr. Dickerson’s two new books, African Methodism and its Wesleyan Heritage: Reflections on A.M.E. Church History (Nashville, A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 2009) and African American Preachers and Politics: the Careys of Chicago (Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, 2010).

Mrs. Mary A. E. Dickerson, the Subscriptions of The A.M.E. Church Review, accompanied her husband, as did their daughter, Christina Marie Dickerson, a Ph.D. student in history at Vanderbilt University.

On July 21, 2010 Chris Benda of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School Library interviewed Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, the James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. The one hour interview focused on Dr. Dickerson's two new books on African Methodism. The following links will allow A.M.E.s to hear Dr. Dickerson's reflection on the A.M.E. experience. See his website at www.dickersondifference.com

Dr. Dickerson is a candidate for the episcopacy at the 2012 General Conference. “Remember the Dickerson Difference!”


Mrs. Carolyn House Stewart, Esq. the newly installed president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is a member of Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa, Florida where the Rev. Michael K. Bouie serves as pastor. She is first lawyer to lead the 102-year-old organization.

The newly elected First Vice-President, Ms. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson is a member of St. Mark AME Church in Milwaukee where the Rev. Darryl Williams is the pastor.

The AKA Convention was held July 9-16 at the St. Louis Convention Center.

Kudos to Attorney Carolyn House Stewart and to Ms. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.


Dr. Clement Fugh

“Players win games. Teams win titles,” a quote from the Boston Celtics locker room was used by Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Bishop of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, while addressing the attendees of the standing-room-only Strategy Breakfast of The Recovery Movement in support of Dr. Clement W. Fugh’s aspiration for Episcopal Service.

The meeting was held on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, the site of the 13th Episcopal District’s Christian Education Congress.

“Team 13” is the unified/solidified force of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, poised to host the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference in Nashville, June 27 – July 4, 2012. She stated that “Team 13” must be committed to victory in every aspect, including helping our “Home Team Candidate for Episcopal Service” on to victory.

The Breakfast served as an occasion for Dr. Fugh to introduce some of the key players of the Recovery Movement to rank and file supporters:

- Presiding Elder Linda T. Martin, General Chairperson
- Presiding Elder Thomas Hughes (4), Connectional Coordinator
- Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, Connectional Liaison
- Mr. John Thomas III, Young Adult Advisor

Bishop McKenzie announced that Dr. and Mrs. Clement Fugh will serve as the Honorary Chairpersons for the Quadrennial Banquet, to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on June 26, 2012, the evening before the opening of the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference.

Dr. Fugh thanked those in attendance for their show of confidence. His partner in life, Mrs. Alexia Fugh, joined him in sharing her appreciation for the love and support of Bishop McKenzie and of “Team 13.”

Special thanks were extended to Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Henderson of Henderson Financial Group for underwriting the event.

For more information on the campaign, scheduled appearances, and contribution opportunities, please go to the Recovery Movement website (www.RecoveryMovement.org).


Theme: War on the Soul

The Camden-Trenton District of the New Jersey Annual Conference convened and celebrated the 114th Sunday Church School Convention June 11-12, 2010 under the dynamic leadership of Presiding Elder Robert C. Wade, D.Min candidate for Episcopal service, the consultant Mrs. Prudence Hope-Wade and Sister Henrietta Hill, District Superintendent. The host church was Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pennsauken, NJ where the Reverend Lanxton L. Washington is the pastor. The opening service on Friday consisted of wonderful liturgical dance by Ms. Jasmine Holiday, of Bethel A.M.E. and beautiful music by the combined youth choir of the Camden-Trenton District. The worship service included a soul stirring sermon by The Reverend Melvin Jones, newly assigned pastor of Trinity A.M.E., Cinnaminson, NJ. Prior to the worship service Bethel provided a magnificent meal for those attending the Sunday Church Convention.

On Saturday, prior to the reconvening of the conference, Bethel provided a “continental breakfast” consisting of muffins, fruit salad, juice and hard boiled eggs. The Elder then called the convention into session and held elections for the secretary and marshal for the convention. Two young people where elected by the convention. We then went into session by showing the film “A War for Your Soul” for teenagers and above. After the showing of the film the convention broke-out into small groups to discuss the film. We were fortunate to have access to the local school across for the church that housed the teenagers in their groups, through the assistance of one of the members of the church. This film caused a stirring discussion in their respective groups and a summation as given at the close of the discussion groups. We then adjourned for the noon-day service. This service again featured the combined youth choir of the district that brought the congregation to their feet and included preaching by Licentiate Gregory Smith of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Trenton New Jersey. The convention closed out with a meal consisting of barbeque ribs, chicken, sausage, hot dogs and hamburgers with desert. The young people in attendance were allowed to play in the adjacent playground.

Submitted by the Reverend Lanxton L. Washington, M.Div


By Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot, D.Min
90th Bishop (Retired)

“And it came to pass…” For the first time in the history of Allen’s church, yes, his and ours, that a text written by Richard Allen and included in his A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns, carefully revised and set to music was sung by a Connectional conclave in Birmingham, Alabama at the meeting of the General Board and the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; and the Investiture of Bishop James Levert Davis, D.Min as President of the Council of Bishops and as such, Titular Head of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was a life-long dream of mine that our Church would embrace the effort of Richard Allen to provide meaningful texts to be used in worship. Thanks to Bishop Cornal Garnett Henning, Chair of the Worship Committee, and incidentally student of mine at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio, for inviting me to share in this special and sacred moment.

As I introduced the hymn during the Service of Word and Sacrament, I read from my book, African American Worship: New Eyes for Seeing a passage in which I reflected on the contrast of liturgical styles of Daniel Alexander Payne and Richard Allen. I noted:

“Allen’s first task as minister of Bethel Church was to compile a hymnal for his fledgling parish. He was concerned that his congregation, many of whom were ex-slaves, should have access to a hymnal which would meet their spiritual needs. Of course, one option was to use the hymnal of the Methodist Church with which he was affiliated. The fact that Allen did not use that hymnal demonstrates his sense of independence and courage.

In 1801, Allen published a hymnal, A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns Selected from Various Authors by Richard Allen, African Minister for Exclusive Use of His Congregation. This hymnal, void of notation, contained 54 texts which were drawn chiefly from the collections of Dr. Watts, the Wesleys and other hymnwriters favored by the Methodists of that period, but also included hymns popular with the Baptists.

Some of the hymns were written by Allen himself. His autobiography which was ‘liberated’ by Daniel Payne and published as the only written reflections from the founder contains two of Allen’s hymns.

In the second edition of the hymnal also printed in 1801 Allen added ten hymns and made structural changes in some of the original 54. Obviously, he sought relevance through experimentation in worship and therefore changed those words which did not speak meaningfully to the spiritual needs of his people.

Eileen Southern in her evaluation of Allen’s contribution to hymnody, referred to this ‘landmark hymnal’. She provides insight in another innovative aspect of Allen’s unique contribution to hymnody by stating that another reason for the historic importance of Allen’s hymnal is that it seems to have been the earliest one to include hymns to which wandering refrains and choruses are added; that is refrains frequently used with any hymn rather than affixed permanently to specific hymns.

Thanks to the one thousand voice choir from the Ninth District for leading the Connectional congregation in singing Allen’s hymn and concluding it with a “wandering refrain” just as he might have done it at Bethel, Philadelphia. Appropriately, the “wandering” refrain selected was from Dr. Isaac Watts hymn, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross” with the refrain “And When the Battle’s Over We Shall Wear a Crown.” Dr. Watt was one of Allen’s favorite hymnists.

I hope that the Connectional Church will greet the singing of this historic text with increasing familiarity and facility as we approach our General Conference in 2012.

To further promote the singing of Allen’s hymn, I was very pleased to send complimentary copies of the Allen text set to music to all our Bishops, General and Connectional Officers and several pastors. I have borne the cost of copying and mailing with one exception where mailing costs to Africa were borne by General Officer, Dr. Dennis Dickerson. This is but one small way in which I have contributed to the memory of our Founder.

En passant, I recently learned from Dr. Johnny Barbour, Jr., Publisher and President of the Sunday School Union, that I have been honored by the Southern Printers Association with a First Place award for my authorship of God’s Fearless Prophet: The Story of Richard Allen. Over the long span of growing years this story of Richard Allen has never ceased to amaze, to inspire, to enliven, to embolden, to encourage.

All in all, Richard Allen, the unsung hymnist, was present in spirit to hear his original text reverently revised and set to the tune of St. Clement and led by a thousand voice choir sung to the glory of God for the first time on June 29, 2010 by a connectional convocation! As Allen wrote in his text,
“Awake, behold your harvest wasting; Arise, there is no rest for you!”

May this special hymn that is as relevant today as it was in Allen’s time find a hearing in our 49th General Conference as it is sung by thousands of voices from all over the world.


Mr. Stan McKenzie, 13th Episcopal District Supervisor will receive the prestigious Jesse Owens Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the fraternity’s 104th Anniversary Convention being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 21 to 25. The convention, and the fraternity’s special Summit on the African-American Male, is expected to draw up to 10,000 visitors.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the oldest integrated and historically black Greek-lettered organization in the world, was formed in 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Kudos to Mr. Stan McKenzie for being selected for the prestigious Jesse Owens Lifetime Award.


Every year our A.M.E. church law requires the Presiding Elders’ districts to host a Church School Convention. In following that tradition the Midwest Conference of the Fifth Episcopal District held another successful Convention. We thank God for a rewarding experience at the Church School Convention held at World of Fun, KCMO on July 17, 2010. The attendance of 113 youth and adults: 41 adults and 72 youth allowed for a wholesome experience in learning about the theme: Living Life for God, 2 Cor. 6:16 (NLT). The curriculum was developed by the Midwest Conference Church School Superintendent, Mr. Henry Pearley. The registration was seventy dollars which included a ten dollar non-refundable fee.

A total of three buses were chartered to carry the attendees while some chose to drive to meet other obligations later in the day. Due to the distance of travel for some of the attendees to the Church School Convention an early start was ordered. Those traveling from Topeka Kansas loaded the bus at 6:30 a.m. while those in metropolitan Kansas City loaded buses at 7:30 a.m. in order to have breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The following was the schedule for the Convention: breakfast meet and greet 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. opening and instruction period; 10:45 a.m. group picture; 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. break for fun, to ride rides and play games; 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. lunch; 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. lesson summary and award ceremony. Then at 2:30 p.m. the youth and adults were free to go enjoy the attractions in the theme park.

The following churches that attended the Church School Convention were: St. Mark's and St. John both of Topeka, Kansas; Ebenezer, Kansas City, Missouri; St. Paul, Independence, Missouri; Gilbert Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri; St. John, Kansas City, Missouri; Bethel, Manhattan, Kansas; Bethel, Kansas City, Missouri; Allen Chapel, Salina, Kansas; and St. James, Odessa, Missouri from Presiding Elder Donna F. Roberson's district. And Ward Chapel, Kansas City, Missouri; Grant Kansas City, Kansas and Trinity, Kansas City, Kansas from Presiding Elder Cousin's district.

The instructors were: Mr. Clyde Howard (3-5 yrs) [Bethel, Manhattan, Kansas]; Mrs. Gail McClendon (6-7 yrs) [Grant Kansas City, Kansas]; Rev. Helen Benton-Harris (8-9 yrs) [St. James Odessa, Missouri]; the Rev. Eraina Ross-Aseme (10-11 yrs) [St. Mark's Topeka Kansas]; the Rev. Thomas Lindon/the Rev. Brenda Smith (12- 18) [Allen Chapel, Salina KS/Gilbert Memorial Kansas City Missouri] and Ms. Helen L. Smith (Adults) [Ward Chapel, Kansas City Missouri].

There were a total of 7 participants in the Essay Contest, all received a participation certificate and a ribbon medal; however four were selected as top winners in their age category and presented with a cash gift for their efforts. There were no participates in the 19-25 age category. The winners were: Robert Lane age 7 a member of St. John A.M.E. Church, Topeka, Kansas; Deonte Nash age 8 a member of St. John A.M.E. Church, Topeka, Kansas; Armonda Boxley age 10 a member of St. John A.M.E. Church, Topeka Kansas; and Steven Brown age 17 a member of Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church, Kansas City Missouri.

Also, Virginia Carol Harvey a member of St. John A.M.E Church, Topeka Kansas received the Richard Allen Award. The Richard Allen Award was created to recognize a member of the local A.M.E. Church for their commitment and dedication in working in the church and community. She was nominated by a member of her church. Her pastor is the Reverend Donald A. Baker. An 8 x 10 rosewood finish plaque with her name engraved along the event and Elders and Superintendent's name were on it.

Overall, we had another successful Church School Convention. Some came back excited in experiencing the thrilling rides while others were sharing their prizes of games played at the booths. In one case a mother picked up her son from the checkout point only to discover a large blue stuffed animal was joining them back home. Therefore, the winner of this precious stuffing had to ride in the back seat. While his mother drove off with blue stuffing appearing through the front passenger seat.

Mr. Henry Pearley, Church School Superintendent
Presiding Elder Donna F. Roberson, Midwest North District
Presiding Elder Steven A. Cousin, Sr., Midwest South District
Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District
Midwest Conference of the Fifth Episcopal District

The Rev. Eraina M. Aseme, B.A., M. Div., Program Director


By: Josie Pitts Shropshire

The Third Quarterly Conference under the dynamic leadership of Pastor Troy Williams and Presiding Elder David James Campbell, Jr. was held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Days Chapel AME Church, 17721 Highway 10 East, Clinton, Louisiana.

Pastor Williams opened our business session on Saturday by leading us in our devotion opening song, What a Fellowship. Prayer and scripture was done by Pastor Williams. The scripture reading came from Psalms 121. After the devotion Pastor Williams turned the meeting over to the Presiding Elder David James Campbell. Presiding Elder Campbell gave opening remarks. He shared his gratitude to all for coming out so early on a Saturday morning. The agenda was approved and the organization of the quarterly conference was as follow: Sister Bonnie Butler, Secretary, Sister Josie Shropshire, Reporter, Brother Walter Hamler, Marshall, Sister Joyce Peralta, Treasurer.

Sister Bonnie Butler then called the roll of officers and read the minutes from our last quarterly conference. Each auxiliary gave their report. Presiding Elder Campbell finished the business session by questioning Pastor Williams about the church in general. Presiding Elder Campbell commended Pastor Williams and the Days Chapel Family for the outstanding job in the work that has gone forth at and around the church, i.e. new sign/remodeled of the lady’s bathroom and the increased membership. He also commended us on a job well done in hosting the District Conference and Prayer Breakfast. He asked for God’s blessings on Sister Ora Knighten, the area chairperson for the District WMS. Presiding Elder Campbell encouraged the ushers to keep smiling, the choir to keep praising God through songs, stewards to keep supporting the pastor. He also reminded us that only “What we do for Christ will last.” Pastor Williams gave his visions for the church and the meeting was adjourned.

Our Sunday service started with our call to worship by our pastor, the Rev. Troy Williams. Sister Robyn C. Butler prayed the opening prayer. After the spirit filled opening, Ms. Brittany Williams blessed us with a melody of songs, “I Surrender All and Lord I am Available to You.” Presiding Elder Campbell once again took us to the mountain top. His text was taken from St. Matthew 9:20-22, the subject was “Hooked on This Thing Call Faith”; did not our hearts burn within while this powerful man of God preached. He stated that we should have hope for whatever God has for us is for us. The Battle is the Lord not ours. He told us in numeral how many months, days, hours, minutes and seconds the lady has an issue of blood. He said when you have tried everything, Try Jesus.

Special thanks to our trailblazers, the Rev. David James Campbell, Jr. and Mrs. Genevia Campbell for their leadership. We are glad that God sent them our way. Special thanks to our own the Rev. Troy Williams and Mrs. Sheila Williams for being our trailblazers at Days Chapel AME Church and for the love they give in support of Presiding Elder Campbell and First Lady Genevia Campbell whom we love dearly.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church elects General Officers


Department of Christian Education: Dr. Dr. Carmichael Crutchfield
Department of Finance: Dr. Joseph C. Neal
Department of Lay Ministry: Mr. Clifford l. Harris
Editor, The Christian Index: Dr. Kenneth Jones
Department of Publications: Dr. Roderick D. Lewis, Sr.
Department of Evangelism and Missions: The Rev. DeWayne CoLightly
Executive Secretary: Ms. Jeanette L. Bouknight
General Secretary, Ministry to Men: Mr. Leo Tickett
General Secretary, Board of Personnel Services: Dr. Tyrone T. Davis

Order of Election of CME Bishops:

- The Rev. James B. Walker elected the 56th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

- The Rev. W. Edward Lockett elected the 57th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

- The Rev. Sylvester Williams elected the 58th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

- The Rev. Dr. Teresa C. Snorton was elected the 59th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

- The Rev. Dr. Jodwin Umoette was elected the 60th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church


*The Rev Tulane Msibi

I have recently been privileged to attend the General Board in Alabama; Birmingham. I came out of that convinced that African Methodist Episcopal Church is really a better to belong, especially with reference to the current discussion and decisions taken to effect change an improving the affairs of the church. I listened and observed with extra caution that I don’t miss any part of the discussions.

Firstly, it is encouraging to see the courage of addressing certain issues which might have been evaded or not adequately deliberated upon, though lack of robust and intensive debate is still notable, but the fact that matters, which have been in the closet are now coming on the table, I view that as a step towards shaping the future of Church, whether be they positive or negative; popular or unpopular.

Whenever the subject of districts 1-13 and districts 14-20 is raised for discussion, the assessment of it is that there is a different identity between the abovementioned two spheres within our Zion. The main difference identified as the “Economic Disparities” and a perpetual outcry for “Equality”, which have become the main influence behind this subject.

The church today is so full of energy and enthusiasm to effect a change, which is necessary, but it still needs a fair process of engaging the affected parties to fully participate in every decision affecting them to echo their views. There is a history and prophetic position which our forefathers took when they spread the AME beyond the USA and made it an International church by establishing districts 14-20. Prophetic Ministry which was bigger and greater to see things beyond their difficult times which were far worse than our current economic challenges, but through their determination to make this church a force to reckon with, they kept it going until this far. There was no money, but a common vision to improve the quality of life of a Black man, a relationship of more than a century.

Africa was there and was never reminded of its poor economic background, which cannot meet the basic dues the AME Church has placed on episcopal districts. I really despise the new vocabulary of “Us and Them” when it comes to running the meetings of Connectional church.

I’m not a Politician but I sometimes struggle to distinguish between a political and church decisions. Politicians lack consistency in their agenda because they always seek survival, which is acceptable in their world, but the church has nothing to lose but much to gain by putting the Spiritual Vision ahead for the growth and unity to fulfill her mission. Lack of consistency breeds instability and ignites suspicions and mistrust.

The discussion on Right Sizing is an ideal solution to redress the financial woes we are facing, secondly it is in a tone of paradigm shift towards districts 14-20 growing to a higher level, take a share of our responsibility in sustaining church the within our means and affordability. It is true that we are not financially strong like the church in the US, if we really mean it about equality, we cannot always stretch out a hand of receiving, but we must show what we peculiarly possess and use it within the Connectional body. Every organ in the body is equally important if it contributes to the best of its ability to maintain the whole functionality of the body. That is the positive message behind Right Sizing however painful it might be, it presents a better stage that we must contextually own up certain aspects of our being part within the Connection. I believe in my heart and mind that the future of the AME church is stronger in Africa.

On the other side of the flip chart on Right Sizing that creates a problem of exclusion and inconsistency. The church cannot convince its members about the financial challenges were are facing, which we all see, consider Right Sizing as the key option to cut on the expenses; then decide to retain the delegation of districts 14-20 and increase the delegation of districts 1-13. That reflects lack of consistency and separate development, not that I’m lamenting over the retention of delegation of 14-20, but still that decision is within financial vicious cycle and does not solve the problem but give it a different form . We are still spending more money which could improve the revenue of the church. I turn to agree with Mr Lewis; the Connectional Treasurer when he said maybe the reason the church still bring overseas delegates to the General Conference is to vote for Connectional/ General officers and Bishops. It is important that we watch that delegates of 14-20 are properly utilized as an empowering tool for the benefit of the new dispensation unfolding in the church, be given a chance to chair certain commissions, I think the Connectional church will be investing a lot in this exercise, rather than reducing those delegates to glorified voters and go back home. What a waste….Those districts have wealth of intelligence which is not adequately utilized if not unused at all.

I’m not trying to exclude other districts outside Africa, our situation is the same anyway, but I feel at ease to speak from my experience.

We must be strong and strive to preserve the mission, culture and traditions of African Methodism within our economic, political, and theological diversities. What brought us together as districts 1-20 is important.

*The Rev Tulane Msibi is the pastor of Mokone Temple in the 19th Episcopal District (South Africa)


The Lord is indeed good. We the members of AME-India had a fresh taste of this in the month of May 2010 during our Annual Convocation. After almost a gap of three years we were able to meet together with friends from AME-USA and Canada and experience the goodness of God. We thank Bishop John and Rev. Cee for their leadership and initiative in bringing the large delegation to India. We also want to thank all the friends and Bishop Kirkland for the money donated for the convocation and ministry in India. We thank all of you for your support and prayers for us; you have been a great source of inspiration and encouragement for us. This has been testified over and over again by the Pastors in our regional Pastor’s meeting. Below are some prayer requests, submitted by our Pastors.

Pastor D requests prayers for a lady named Jeeva (a Hindu) who recently got married to Jawed (a Muslim). Through the ministry of our Pastor Jeeva accepted Jesus as her personal savior, but there has been a lot of opposition from her family. They have forcefully stopped her from coming to the church; please remember her in your prayers, that God would protect her and her faith even in the midst of opposition. Pastor D informs that there are a number of Muslims who are very responsive to the gospel, but due to fear of their lives they have not been able to make a decision. Please uphold them in your prayers.

Pastor G requests prayers for Mr. Prasad who is suffering from Tuberculosis for the past seven years. He has become very weak and is in a critical health condition. Although his three sons and daughter believe in Jesus, Prasad has been opposing to accept the gospel. Now he is slowly responding to the gospel positively and is coming to the church. Please pray that God may deal with him according to his faith and heal him from his sickness, so that he may become a powerful witness for Jesus.

Pastor JW requests prayer for Sundar, a 27 year old young son of a rich man. He lived a wild life and was heavily addicted to the drugs, to the extent that he became a burden to his family and the society. When our Pastor ministered to him with the gospel, he accepted Jesus as his savior and has become a new person to the surprise of everyone. But his friends ridicule him and are trying to destabilize his new found faith. Please pray that Sundar may grow stronger in his faith and draw many other young people to the Lord.

Pastor C requests prayers for a lady named Parvathy, since her wedding in 2002; she has not been able to conceive; now her mother-in-law is forcing her husband to go for a second marriage in order to have a child. Through the ministry of our Pastor, Parvathy has accepted Jesus as her savior and is praying for a miracle. Please pray that God would answer her prayers and do a miracle.

Pastor S requests prayers for a Rajamma; a Hindu lady from the high caste community had been possessed by an evil spirit and had been suffering for the last six years. Visits to the black magicians had not been helpful. Through the ministry of Pastor S, one day she came to the church to attend the service, that is where she experienced the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit, the evil spirit departed from her and she received Jesus as her savior. Following her, the entire family (her husband, a son and two daughters), believed in the saving power of Jesus.

Pastor JD reports of a person named Rajesh (28 yrs old), is a Hindu extremist belonging to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). This group is very strongly opposed to the gospel and the evangelism. They are behind all the atrocities meted out against the church and the Christians in India. Rajesh has been gathering a group young people and instigating them to work against the ministry of our Pastor JD. They also threaten the family who has opened their house for the church to gather for worship. Please pray, for God to take hold of the situation and make it more viable for worship.

Pastor N informs of one Mr. Babu, who lived with his four sisters and old parents. They belong to the Hindu family. Babu, a trained teacher, had been looking for a job since a long time. Through the ministry of our Pastor N, the family was invited to the church. They came with much hesitation but that is where they felt the joy and happiness for the first time. A new hope came to Babu with the belief that Jesus cared for his family. As a result of the prayer by the church, Babu got a teaching appointment and this was received as a blessing from God. The whole family now believes in Jesus.

Pastor DR requests prayer for Anand Babu (40 yrs) and Jeevitha (32 yrs). They had been married for 10 years and do not have any issues. They belong to a high caste (Naidu) in the Hindu community and the man is also the head of the village. Our Pastor has shared the gospel with them and encouraged them to believe in Jesus for a miracle. Please pray for a miracle.

Pastor AK requests prayer for a four year old girl named Deepa, whom the Lord saved from a fire accident. Her family recently came to know the Lord from the Hindu faith. If anything had happened to Deepa, the village would have blamed it as a reason for their new found faith. But the Lord had a different plan, the family now witnesses that it is Jesus who saved their daughter and that He is the only true God.

Pastor L requests prayer for Vijay Kumar (33 yrs) and Devi (32 yrs), from come from the Hindu community and have accepted Jesus as their savior. Being issueless Devi has been an object of ridicule in the village. Through fervent prayers and their faith in Jesus, she conceived and gave birth to a baby boy. Now they are living in peace and happiness. Please pray that they may grow in their faith and continue to witness to others.

Pastor M thanks God for Mr. Pratap the head of the village where our Pastor is ministering, for donating a piece of land to build the church. He seeks prayer for resources to build the church.

Pastor I thanks God for the salvation granted to 7 people, Govind (34) Sunil (23), Armugam (22), Basker (36), Jeevan (30), Prabhakar (19) and Ravindar (34), they have all received baptism. Please pray for their spiritual growth and also for many others who are showing positive signs in response to the gospel.

Pastor R praises God for Rajini and Ambedkar, both from the Hindu faith, who began coming to the church through the ministry of our Pastor. Now God has blessed them with good jobs. Please pray for their spiritual growth and witness.

Pastor DS requests prayers for Ms. Radhika (45) who had been suffering from possession of an evil spirit, but now through the ministry of Pastor DS, she has been delivered from the possession and even her husband who had been a Hindu extremist has also become a follower of Jesus. Please pray for their spiritual growth.

Pastor SP praises God for a number of testimonies from his church. Mrs. Selvi and her child were suffering from chicken pox, the neighbours and relatives who are Hindus pressurized them to follow the Hindu rituals done during chicken pox, but Selvi affirmed her faith in Jesus and was healed of it. Another Muslim lady who had not been able to find a suitable groom for marriage and had been waiting for many years and was ministered and prayed over by Sister Deborah and she affirmed her faith in Jesus. Within one month she was engaged for marriage. Please pray for her to grow in her faith. Mrs. Esther’s son suffered from some allergy, when tested, a scanning was recommended, which was expensive. Esther pledged to give the cost of scanning for God’s service, if God healed her son. She did not have the money, so she took a loan against her jewels. In the second round of tests the boy had been healed and there was no need of a scanning for him. Praise God for this.

Please pray for Mr. Rajendran (55 yrs) a very strong and committed believer, he recently met with and accident and lost his two legs. He is now bedridden and his wife is also suffering from some disease. The have four small kids. They are struggling to survive. They are converts from the Hindu faith and therefore their relatives and neighbours started blaming them for this crisis, saying that it was the result of their new found faith in Jesus. But Rajendran and his family still continue to strongly believe in Jesus. Please pray for them that the Lord would heal them strengthen them, and keep them in good faith.

Pastor Samuel Murugavel has been sick and has been under treatment for almost a month now. All these days he has been in the hospital as an inpatient. Please pray for his healing and for resources to pay for the medical expenses.

We as a family want to thank you all once again for your valuable prayers for ministry of AME-India.

The Rev. Sarah and the Rev. Abraham Peddinny,
Presiding Elders, AME-India


*Brother M. Motsoenyane

Mt Horeb AME Church will be hosting Lay Organization Annual Convention of Orangia Conference at Welkom (Thabong) 7- 8 August 2010. The Free State Lay Organization will be celebrating 50th Anniversary since its inception.
The Leader of the 19th District, Bishop J. Leath and the leaders of the Free State Provincial Government and Lejweleputswa District will be present during the 50th Anniversary Celebration at 19H00 on the 7th of August 2010. Everyone is cordially invited and encouraged to support this event because this event is not an event to miss.

*Brother M. Motsoenyane is the Director of Lay Activities


The Boston Hartford District celebrated accomplishments by our young people on June 13, 2010. Each year the Herbert L. Eddy Scholarship Committee offers partial scholarships to deserving young A.M.E high school graduates. In order to receive the scholarship, candidates must be enrolled in a program for additional education. Both college and trade school bound students are eligible.

The committee used a special evening worship service at the Bethel AME Church in Springfield MA to honor the graduates. The preacher for the service was none other than the founder of the scholarship fund and the Presiding Elder for the Boston Hartford District, Reverend Herbert L. Eddy. Presiding Elder Eddy blessed everyone present with a sermon from Romans 8:38-39 – “Reaching beyond Limitations: I am a Winner!”


By Starr Battle, 2nd District Young Adult Representative

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

June 18-20, 2010, over 15 Young Adult Representatives representing Episcopal Districts and Annual Conferences from across the Connection convened in the Third Episcopal District (Columbus, OH) for the First Annual Young Adult Representative Retreat. The event was held concurrently with the Connectional Lay Organization Director of Lay Activities (CLO DOLA) Regional Training Workshop for the 3rd, 4th and 13th Episcopal Districts. This marks the first meeting of YAR’s from across the Connection to come together to collaborate on lay initiatives and implementation.

On Friday evening, the YARs received words of greeting from the CLO DOLA, Edith Bartley Carledge and the host District President, Ametta Reaves. The greetings were followed by dinner and a lively discussion to address YAR/DOLA relations; under the theme: “How can both offices aid each other in Lay Ministry?” The icebreaker activity, led by moderators Felecia Commodore (2nd) and Robin Fance (10th) culminated the night, with each of the YARs answering discussion questions and presenting their individuality through the usage of creative arts.

The Opening Plenary facilitated by the CLO YAR, John Thomas III, offered the YARs a history of the connectional office, as well as, an overview of the current job description and guidelines for the YAR. The Connectional YAR programming documents were reviewed and discussed. YAR Thomas expressed that the young adult laity is an integral part of all meetings, especially Christian Education Congresses, Lay District Conventions, Connectional Biennials, and General Conferences.

Workshops/ seminars were moderated by Immediate Past CLO YAR, Brent Shepard, Past 12th District YAR, Corian “Corey” Wilson, and Third District DOLA, Kimberly Gordon Brooks. Shepard’s workshop asked the YARs to examine “How do the young adults define themselves and where do young adults fit, within the AME Church and/or Lay Organization?” Wilson’s seminar discussed the highs and lows about the office of a district YARs. Wilson identified key points that aided in the success of the office during his tenure, which included interaction with his District’s YPD, Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC), and Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS). Brooks’ workshop focused on the training of a leader. Brooks noted that, “Leadership can be defined as one’s ability to get others to follow willingly. Every organization needs good leaders at every level.”

During the planning sessions, facilitators Commodore and Fance aided the group with identifying key initiatives -

1. Young adult laity can and should run for office other than YAR,
2. Ensure that “Know Your Church” information is distributed properly,
3. Aid with electronic communication training;
4. Interact with the Young People Department (YPD) for greater recruitment into the Lay Organization.

Key programs documented include: Christian Arts Festivals, block parties, oratory contest, participation in existing lay events (Annual Lay Nights and Revivals), quiz bowls, and book clubs, Fraternity/Sorority Days, Young Adult Fellowships and coffee houses.

The YARs toured the CLO Office, located in the Third District Headquarters Building. A healthy question & answer session was held between President Glover and the assembled YARs. Clarification was offered by President Glover concerning several points of interest and/or inquiry. One major issue that was expressed involved the difficulty that every YAR had concerning the establishment of YARs on every level.

The YARs look forward to continued dialogue with the CLO President.
Sunday Morning Mediation was led by Bro. Corian Wilson and was followed with wrap up dialogue. The retreat was closed in a Circle of Love Prayer. To ensure that the dialogue and training at the Retreat are accessible to all YARs, a DVD of the retreat was created for Young Adult Representatives in District 14-20 and complimentary Lay Study Guides.


Josie Pitts Shropshire

The Third Quarterly Conference under the dynamic leadership of Pastor Troy Williams and Presiding Elder David James Campbell, Jr. was held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Days Chapel AME Church, 17721 Highway 10 East, Clinton, Louisiana.

Pastor Williams opened our business session on Saturday by leading us in our devotion opening song, What a Fellowship. Prayer and scripture was done by Pastor Williams. The scripture reading came from Psalms 121. After the devotion Pastor Williams turned the meeting over to the Presiding Elder David James Campbell. Presiding Elder Campbell gave opening remarks. He shared his gratitude to all for coming out so early on a Saturday morning. The agenda was approved and the organization of the quarterly conference was as follows: Sister Bonnie Butler, Secretary; Sister Josie Shropshire, Reporter; Brother Walter Hamler, Marshall; and Sister Joyce Peralta, Treasurer.

Sister Bonnie Butler then called the roll of officers and read the minutes from our last quarterly conference. Each auxiliary gave their report. Presiding Elder Campbell finished the business session by questioning Pastor Williams about the church in general. Presiding Elder Campbell commended Pastor Williams and the Days Chapel Family for the outstanding job in the work that has gone forth at and around the church, i.e. new sign/remodeled of the lady’s bathroom and the increased membership. He also commended us on a job well done in hosting the District Conference and Prayer Breakfast. He asked for God’s blessings on Sister Ora Knighten, the area chairperson for the District WMS. Presiding Elder Campbell encouraged the ushers to keep smiling, the choir to keep praising God through songs, stewards to keep supporting the pastor. He also reminded us that only “What we do for Christ will last.” Pastor Williams gave his visions for the church and the meeting was adjourned.

Our Sunday service started with our call to worship by our pastor, Rev. Troy Williams. Sister Robyn C. Butler prayed the opening prayer. After the spirit filled opening, Ms. Brittany Williams blessed us with a melody of songs, “I Surrender All and Lord I am Available to You.” Presiding Elder Campbell once again took us to the mountain top. His text was taken from St. Matthew 9:20-22, the subject was “Hooked on This Thing Call Faith”; did not our hearts burn within while this powerful man of God preached. He stated that we should have hope for whatever God has for us is for us. The Battle is the Lord not ours. He told us in numeral how many months, days, hours, minutes and seconds the lady has an issue of blood. He said when you have tried everything, Try Jesus.

Special thanks to our trailblazers, the Rev. David James Campbell, Jr. and Mrs. Genevia Campbell for their leadership. We are glad that God sent them our way. Special thanks to our own Rev. Troy Williams and Mrs. Sheila Williams for being our trailblazers at Days Chapel AME Church and for the love they give in support of Presiding Elder Campbell and First Lady Genevia Campbell whom we love dearly.


By: Dr. Charles R. Watkins, Jr.

Much is happening in our country. The effects of the county’s upheaval can be felt in our communities. There is a pervasive spirit of distrust that prohibits open dialogue and subsequently stifles growth. We are experiencing the consequences of divisiveness as territorial lines are being drawn to declare position regarding opinions on government spending, influx of immigrants, conservatism vs. liberalism and even lately how the current administration is responding to the BP oil spill catastrophe.

While not much has changed in the area of posturing bipartisanism and maneuvering to gain political, social and financial advantage there has been a noticeable change in the notion, “In God We Trust.” Are we still in prayer for our country and our community? Prayer has always been used to seek guidance, protection and strength, even before we evolved into such a powerful nation. In fact, history records that the Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Congress. It seemed that the founders recognized that this nation as well as the freedoms, that made us who we are, was a direct gift from God. Acknowledging that all that we were able to acquire was a gift from God, there was only one way to insure protection and that would be through prayer.

Prayer is talking with God. Prayer is listening to God. Prayer is enjoying the presence of God. We pray because we love God. We spend time with God in prayer because we love him. Just like a man and a woman in love desire to be together and communicate with one another, we, because we love God, should desire to be with Him and to fellowship with Him in proportion to our love for Him. We pray because we depend on God. God is truly the source of all that we have or hope to have. God is our life. Even in these darkest times in the history of this country through prayer we are able to receive, both naturally and spiritually, the comfort, the strength and all the other resources that we need in life.

In this time of “anything goes” and “everything is alright” we need to pray in order to resist temptation. The Bible warns us, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” (Mt. 26:41). Unfortunately much of the shocking news we read or hear about everyday is the result of the sin of prayerlessness. Our lack of prayer renders us weak and it is through our weakness that Satan gains the advantage in our lives. We have seen men killing men and we have experienced the horrific news of children being kidnapped and murdered. In order to get any relief we must invite God to work here. If no one invites God to work here then Satan will continue to dominate the affairs of men and eventually the judgment of God will come. Conversely, by inviting God often and specifically, we are assured that multitudes can be saved that would otherwise be lost.

Finally, we need to pray because God commands us to pray. The Bible admonishes, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2). The Bible records also that “Then he [Jesus] spoke a parable to them to this end that men ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1). I submit that the need for us to pray is as great as the authority of God which commands us: “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is so vital to all that God wants to do on the earth, and so essential to us, that God commands us to do it all the time.


New York, NY -- Some of the brightest stars in entertainment, politics, business and academia will participate in the National Urban League’s Centennial Conference from July 28th through 31st at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

“We are honored that the nation’s leading policy makers, thought leaders and celebrities will be joining us during our centennial celebration,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial. “Not only will we reflect on the Urban League’s great 100-year legacy, we will be looking forward and taking a bold step into a new century of civil rights where the Urban League will continue to lead and deliver on its mission of brining economic empowerment to people in the communities we serve.”

Among the luminaries who have been invited to participate is President Barack Obama, who’s been asked to offer his thoughts on the League’s role in America -- past, present and future.

Confirmed celebrities who will participate in the conference as panelists, moderators, keynote speakers, award recipients and performers include John Legend, Charles S. Dutton, Louis Gossett Jr., Wendell Pierce, Angela Bassett, LeVar Burton, Alfre Woodard and Laila Ali. Rapper and actor Common will join Dr. Maya Angelou for a special Centennial performance at the State of the Urban League Keynote Address on Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Actor Lamman Rucker will give a stellar performance in Black Angels over Tuskegee, an empowering play, for Cultural Night on Thursday, July 29 at 8:30 pm at the Warner Theatre. American Idol winner Fantasia and Ron Isley headline the Benefit Concert on Friday, July 30 at 8:30 pm at the Warner Theatre.

Business leaders including BET President & CEO Debra Lee and Earvin “Magic” Johnson will celebrate the National Urban League’s Centennial alongside broadcast journalists George Curry, Sharon Epperson, Warren Ballentine, Soledad O’Brien, Jeff Johnson and Food Network Host Elle Krieger.

Among the leading government officials and Congress members scheduled to participate include U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman John Conyers Jr., Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Confirmed thought leaders and advocates include Benjamin Jealous, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Ambassador Andrew Young, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Kelvin Boston, Geoffrey Canada, Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Julieanne Malveaux.

Some of the most anticipated highlights of the Centennial Conference are keynote speakers and past National Urban League Presidents Vernon E. Jordan Jr., John E. Jacob and Hugh B. Price.

For more information about the National Urban League and its Centennial Conference visit www.nul.org/2010conference or www.iamempowered.com.

Visit www.iamempowered.com for live webcasts. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for exciting news throughout this historic event.


Lake Junaluska, N.C. –The third annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, September 18-21, 2010, will offer a variety of workshops and presentations. Leadership includes Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Jeni Stepanek, and Bishop Kenneth Carder. Participants in the peace conference, “Peace for the World’s Children,” will have the opportunity to join with children’s advocates from across the United States to explore social issues facing children.

For the first time, the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference includes a Saturday - Sunday session specifically for children, youth and their adult leaders, led by Jeni Stepanek. The Peace Celebration for Youth and Children will encourage and show youth how they can become peacemakers themselves. Celebration participants will engage in hands on learning experiences with various organizations that are working for peace and that are meeting the needs of youth and children throughout the world. Jeni Stepanek is a noted advocate for children’s and families’ needs in health and education, and she is a motivational speaker on topics ranging from disability to hope, peace, and spirituality.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend the conference, and the Lake Junaluska Peace Committee hopes that many of those coming for the Sunday-Tuesday conference will arrive in time for a "bridging" of the two sessions on Sunday afternoon during the first annual Peace Walk around the lake and Festival of Peace, which will be led by youth and children.

The Sunday night opening session of the Peace Conference will be led by Bishop Kenneth Carder, the Ruth W. and A. Morris Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Duke Divinity School. Bishop Carder is a long time advocate for children and has a deep interest in peace. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has, on several occasions, asked him to lead their efforts in these fields.

Marian Wright Edelman will be keynote speaker at the Peace Conference as well. Coupled with her emphasis on national issues, leadership at the conference will help participants take a hard look at global challenges. Edelman is a renowned children advocate, as well as founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund.

In addition to sessions led by Carder, Edelman, and Stepanek, the 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference will also offer over 20 workshops, each of which focuses on children and each person’s responsibility and role as a peacemaker.

“One of the primary goals of the conference is to equip participants to be better informed and more effective advocates for children,” said Garland young, the Chair of the Peace Conference Committee. “Thus, the 2010 workshops have been designed and the leaders have been selected with that goal in mind. Our workshops will help us become advocates for and collaborators with the children and youth of the world.”

Workshops will deal with topics such as The Holocaust Project/Paper Clips, Children and AIDS in Africa, Rearing Children as Peacemakers, Advocacy for Children: A Path for Peacemakers, and many more topics. A complete listing of workshops can be found online.

“This year’s conference promises to be exciting and unique, incorporating a Peace Celebration for Youth and Children in addition to its annual Peace Conference. We hope that children, youth, and adults grow as peacemakers during their time together,” said Jimmy L. Carr, Lake Junaluska’s Executive Director.

For more information and to take advantage of the extended early registration by July 31, call 828-454-6656 or visit www.lakejunaluska.com/peace.


General Board Reports and Actions

1. Haiti and Malawi Earthquake Disaster Relief

Haiti Funds Raised $1,278,499.00*
Malawi Funds Raised $194,987.00
TOTAL $1,473,486.00

*Total Raised for Haiti does not include $139,357.00 received by donations and sent to Bishop Sarah Davis, Presiding Bishop of the 16th Episcopal District. Estimated cost to repair/rebuild five of the churches affected by the earthquake in Haiti comes to $1,497,000.00.

2. Right-Sizing

The following is a listing of the schedule of delegates proposed by the Ad hoc Committee on Right-sizing the General Conference Delegation to the General Board, and approved as a guide in assisting the Treasurer/CFO in determining Annual Conference delegate allocations for the 2012 General Conference.

First District - 125
Second District - 119
Third District - 77
Fourth District - 89
Fifth District - 101*
Sixth District - 99
Seventh District - 95
Eighth District - 71
Ninth District - 75
Tenth District - 79
Eleventh District - 111
Twelfth District - 71
Thirteenth District - 71
Fourteenth District - 29
Fifteenth District - 49
Sixteenth District - 39
Seventeenth District - 41
Eighteenth District - 27
Nineteenth District - 53
Twentieth - 21
Total: 1442**

*The Report was amended to include the India Annual Conference, a part of the 5th Episcopal District, and to assign a delegate number.

**The Report was also amended to recommend to the General Conference Commission that since the average delegation increased through this proposal for Districts 1 – 13 is 13%, that the financial allocation from the Finance Department for delegate travel and sustentation for Districts 14 – 20 be frozen at the 2008 level, but that they be permitted to increase their delegation numbers up to 13%, with the understanding that they bear any cost above the 2008 allocation. This will impact the bottom line.

“Even” delegate allocations did not include the Episcopal District President of the Lay Organization, which increased the initial bottom line from 169 to 172.

The approved Right-sizing plan eliminates the requirement for the election of at least one first time lay and one first time clergy in each Annual Conference Delegation. This does not preclude the election of “first timers,” it only eliminates the requirement to do so.

**Received from Dr. Richard A. Lewis, Treasurer/CFO AMEC Finance Department


Pass This Information to the Veterans in Your Congregation

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2010) - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a Veteran.

"For Veterans not buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery, or those without a government grave marker, VA is pleased to offer this option that highlights their service and sacrifices for our country," said Secretary Shinseki.

The new item can be furnished instead of a traditional government headstone or marker for Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. Under federal law, eligible Veterans buried in a private cemetery are entitled to either a government-furnished grave marker or the new medallion, but not both. Veterans buried in a national or state Veterans cemetery will receive a government headstone or marker of the standard design authorized at that cemetery.

The medallion is available in three sizes: 5 inches, 3 inches and 1 ½ inches in width. Each bronze medallion features the image of a folded burial flag adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word "Veteran" at the top and the branch of service at the bottom.

Next of kin will receive the medallion, along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the medallion to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover.

More information about VA-furnished headstones, markers and medallions can be found at http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hm/hmtype.asp

VA is currently developing an application form for ordering the medallion.
Until it is available, applicants may use the form for ordering government headstones and markers, VA Form 40-1330. Instructions on how to apply for a medallion are found on the VA Web site at www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp

Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Other burial benefits available for all eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or grave marker.

The new medallions will be available only to Veterans buried in private cemeteries without a government headstone or marker. Families of eligible decedents may also order a memorial headstone or marker when remains are not available for interment.

VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than 3 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict -- from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are buried in VA's national cemeteries on more than 19,000 acres.

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the VA Web site on the Internet at www.cem.va.gov or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.

Dwain James, Executive Director
Texas Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) P.O. Box 5218; Austin, TX 78763-5218
Tel: 512-782-5829; Cell: 51-423-8095


Bishop McKinley Young, Presiding Prelate
Dr. Dorothy Young, Episcopal supervisor

Florida Conference
August 21-27, 2010
St. John AME Church
4445 Old Bainbridge Road
Quincy, FL 32352
(850) 627-9588
Rev. Matthew Bryant –Host Pastor
Rev. George Barkley – Host Presiding Elder
Bethel AME Church – Tallahassee (Host Site)
501 W. Orange Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
(850) 576-7501
The Rev. Dr. Julius H. McAllister, Jr. (Host-Site Pastor)

Central Conference
September 11-17, 2010
Mt. Olive AME Church
2525 W. Church Street
Orlando, FL 32805
(407) 295-6152
The Rev. Dr. Mark Crutcher – Host Pastor
The Rev. Leroy Kennon – Host Presiding Elder

South Conference
September 25 – October 1, 2010
Mt. Hermon AME Church
401 NW 7th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302
(954) 463-6309
The Rev. Willie Cook – Host Pastor
The Rev. Jimmy Thompson – Host Presiding Elder

West Coast Conference
October 9-15, 2010
Hurst Chapel AME Church
875 Ave “O” NE
Winter Haven, FL 33885
(863) 293-6415
The Rev. Ronnie Clark – Host Pastor
The Rev. F. Bernard Lemon – Host Presiding Elder

East Conference
October 23 - 29, 2010
Greater Bethel AME Church
701 SE 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 376-8846
The Rev. Karl Smith – Host Pastor
The Rev. Elizabeth Yates – Host Presiding Elder

Bahamas Conference
November 2-7, 2010
Robinson Morris Chapel AME Chapel
Nassau, Bahamas
The Rev. Howard Williamson, Host Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, Host Presiding Elder

Post Conference Planning Meeting.
November 18-20, 2010


Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr., Presiding Prelate
Dr. Patricia McCloud, Episcopal Supervisor

The Northeast Lesotho Annual Conference:
October 6-9, 2010.
The WMS Day will be held on Wednesday October 6th

The Lesotho Annual Conference: October 13-16, 2010.
The WMS Day will be held on Wednesday October 13th

Editor’s Note: See the full 18th Episcopal District 2010-2011 Annual Conference schedule in the print edition of The Christian Recorder


January 4-7, 2011, Hilton Airport Hotel, Los Angeles California

The Rt. Rev. Wilfred J. Messiah, Commission Chair
The Rev. Dr. James C. Wade, Executive Director

Seminar Participants

- Bishop Noel Jones (Invited), Pastor and Founder
The City of Refuge Church/Noel Jones Ministries
Gardena, CA

- Dr. Joseph Crockett
Asst. to the President
American Bible Society
New York, NY

Pastor Smokie Norful, Pastor
Victory Cathedral Worship Center
Bolingbrook IL

- The Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Pastor
Empowerment Temple, Baltimore MD

- The Rev. Dr. Jessica Ingram, Episcopal Supervisor
10th Episcopal Dist. AME Church

- The Rt. Rev. A. J. Richardson, Presiding Prelate
2nd Episcopal Dist. AME Church

- The Rt. Rev. Samuel L. Green Sr., Presiding Prelate
12th Episcopal Dist. AME Church

- The Rt. Rev. T. Larry Kirkland, Presiding Prelate
5th Episcopal Dist. AME Church/Seminar Host Bishop

- The Rev. Mark E. Whitlock II
Pastor, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Irvine CA

- The Rev. Fred J. McCullough II, Seminar Psalmist
Pastor, 5th Episcopal District
Omaha NE

- Dr. Winston Worrell Director
World Methodist Institute, World Methodist Council and Emory University, Atlanta GA

- Dr. Billie Hanks Jr., President and Founder
International Evangelism Association
Salcido, TX

- Dr. John Hunter, Pastor
First AME Church (FAME)
Los Angeles CA

- Dr. Royal Speidel, Distinguished Evangelist
United Methodist Church GBOD (retired)

- The Rev. Dr. Kelvin Calloway, Pastor
Bethel AME Church
Los Angeles CA

- The Rev. William LaMar
Duke University
Durham NC

- Dr. R. Philip Roberts (Invited), President
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College
Kansas City MO

For additional information Contact: ameharvest@aol.com or (901) 523-2777 for additional information

Submitted by the Rev. Dr. Cheryl L. Green, Administrative Assistant, Dept. of Church Growth & Development AME Church


I have had the experience, and I am sure you have, of witnessing numerous trials and court hearings; in person or on television. I have witnessed real trials and have also watched them on television.

I have seen the alleged criminals stand and listen to the charges brought against them. After having the charges read to them, the Judge then asked, “How do you plead? I have never personally witnessed any of them who ever responded with a guilty plea, no matter how serious the crime may have been. I never heard one suspect plead, guilty.

With this in mind I hereby read the charges brought against you as a Christian.

The charges

You are hereby charged with being a thief and bringing shame upon the house of God. Jeremiah 2:26-27. How do you plead?

You are also charged with using trees and stones and carving them into gods and calling them your father. How do you plead?

You are charged with turning your back to God during prosperity rather than turning your face to God. Now that you are in trouble, you are now calling on God to rise up and bail you out. Jeremiah 2:26-7. How do you plead?

You are also charged with defrauding people cheating them out of their fair wages taking advantage of their situation when they work for you. Leviticus 19:13. How do you plead?

You are hereby charged with using the church as a place to hide and steal. You and others have made the church a “den of thieves.” Matthew 21:13. How do you plead?

You have been charged with robbery, robbing God in tithes and offerings. Malachi 38. How do you plead?

You have also been charged with using God’s name in vain, calling God’s name when you really don’t mean it. Exodus 20:7. How do you plead?

You have been charged with trying to impress people, standing and praying long eloquent prayers. Mark 12:40. How do you plead?

You have also been charged with going around acting and thinking that you are better than everybody else. Luke 18:11. How do you plead?

You have also been charged with worshipping God with your mouth and not worshipping God with your heart. You talk big, but don’t walk big. Mark 7:6
How do you plead?

You are hereby charged with pretending that you fast, disfiguring your face to get people to believe that you have not eaten. Matthew 6:16. How do you plead?

You are also charged with going through the motion of godliness but denying the power thereof - proud, boasting and high-minded. II Timothy 3:1-5. How do you plead?

Finally, you are charged with boasting that you have faith, but you have not shown any evidence of faith. James 2:17. How do you plead?

You will be judge by the preponderance of the evidence.

Please be reminded that you have a right to keep silent and no one can speak for you. Whatever you say will be held against you, and also be reminded that there will be no plea bargaining. You do have a right to an appeal. Daniel 9:9; II Chronicles 7:14

*The Rev. N.T. Pitts (Ptaegar@aol.com), Author, Teacher, Counselor, Humorist, is a retired AME pastor who resides in Eatonville, Florida


- News from the 16th Episcopal District:

Sister Neyoka Berkeley and the Reverend Lyndon M Berkeley, Pastor of Metropolitan AME Church in Port of Spain, Trinidad, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Alaura Berkeley, born at 2:42 am on Sunday 11th July 2010, weight: 7 lbs 4 oz.

Congratulatory messages may be sent to: Lyndon.Berkeley@hcltt.com

"Praise God for a safe delivery!"- One Hundred Second - Birthday Celebration:

- Happy 102nd Birthday!

Mrs. Lillian S. Thomas Simmons of Slidell, Louisiana will celebrate her 102nd birthday on July 25, 2010. Mrs. Simmons, the daughter of the late Reverend Joseph L. Thomas an itinerant elder and pastor in the Eighth Episcopal District from 1904-1935, was born July 25, 1908 in Madisonville, Louisiana. Mrs. Lillian S. Thomas Simmons is an active member of Mt. Olive AME Church in Slidell, Louisiana, the Reverend Cedell Raggs, pastor.

She is the aunt of the Reverend Frederick L. Fields, pastor of St. James A M E Church in Picayune, Mississippi and Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in Pearlington, Mississippi; and she is the aunt of Venson Fields, member of Anderson Chapel AME Church in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Birthday greetings can be sent to:

Mrs. Lillian S. Thomas Simmons
2025 Kaylee Drive
Slidell, Louisiana 70458

Mrs. Lillian S. Thomas Simmons can be reached by telephone @ (985) 639 - 1604.

Email greetings can be sent to: fredfields@charter.net

- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. awards the prestigious Jesse Owens Lifetime Achievement Award to 13th Episcopal District Supervisor Stan McKenzie

Mr. Stan McKenzie, 13th Episcopal District Supervisor will receive the prestigious Jesse Owens Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the fraternity's 104th Anniversary Convention being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 21 to 25. The convention, and the fraternity's special Summit on the African-American Male, is expected to draw up to 10,000 visitors.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the oldest integrated and historically black Greek-lettered organization in the world, was formed in 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Kudos to Mr. Stan McKenzie for being selected for the prestigious Jesse Owens Lifetime Award.

Provided By:

The Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III, the 20th Editor, The Christian Recorder

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to: stanmckenzie44@aol.com

- Birth of Brandon Jeremiah Ball:

Congratulations to Rev. Gregory, Althea and Breanna Ball of the Second Episcopal District. The Ball's received a wonderful gift from God, a child was born and he shall be called Brandon Jeremiah Ball, also known as (Little BJ). Brandon Jeremiah Ball arrived at 5:49 am Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the Easton Memorial Hospital, Easton Shore of Maryland...To God be the glory!!!! The Rev. Gregory Ball, Sr. is the Pastor of Mount Olive A.M.E Church in Worton, Maryland.

Congratulatory responses can be emailed to the proud father, Rev. Gregory Ball, Sr. at: reverendrevball@hotmail.com

- Birth of Laila Jean Wharton:

Little Princess Laila Jean Wharton was born to Darnyle and Angela Wharton on Friday, July 16th at 10:38 AM. Little Miss Wharton is the second grandchild of Rev. Dr. Joan L. Wharton, pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Glen Arm, Maryland. Her parents, Darnyle and Angela Wharton are members of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Congratulatory messages may be sent to Darnyle and Angela Wharton: KDCHARM69@yahoo.com or to the proud grandparent: j.l.wharton@att.net

- Congratulations To Michael Alexander Henderson:

Michael Alexander Henderson, the son of the Reverend Rosalind K. Shorter Henderson, Pastor of Miller Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in University Park, Illinois and Brother Michael N. Henderson, participated in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympic (ACT-SO) Competition that was held in Kansas City, Missouri during the week of July 5, 2010. Michael's effort in the competition earned him a Bronze Medal in the category of Business Entrepreneurship. Michael qualified to attend the national competition as a result of his attaining the Gold Medal in Business Entrepreneurship from the DuPage County Illinois NAACP ACT-SO. Michael Alexander will be attending Southern Illinois University in August. He will be majoring in Entrepreneurship.

- My Son, Samuel Boyd Jr., Father, Mr. Mom and State Trooper

By Rev. Samuel Boyd, Sr.

(Article carried in the June 10-16, 2010 edition of the Mississippi Link, Reigning News.) www.mississippilink.com

A very special day is coming this month and as that day approaches, I would like to pay my respect to a wonderful young man: my son, a father, "Mr. Mom" and a state trooper. Even though his journey began many years ago, some of the biggest changes to affect his life all occurred in 2005: Hurricane Katrina, a divorce and the loss of all personal possessions as a result of the Katrina flood. But, all of these obstacles turned into lessons that taught Samuel Boyd, Jr. more about both fatherhood and motherhood than he ever imagined. As the father of a 3-year-old kindergartener, the then 31-year old found himself as a single parent. His day would start at 5:45 a.m. in route to both school and work with his 3-year-old.

A typical day consisted of 12 hours of work and then the 45 minutes to one hour commute home for the two of them, with the younger passenger riding in the back seat of the cruiser. Once home, the duties of homework, cooking dinner, combing hair and preparing for the next day took precedence. Some weekends would be work days and once a month (on Saturday and Sunday) the Air National Guard Reserve was/is his destination. The more I converse with him, I realize that his greatest desire is to be the best Father that he can be for his daughter and give her the best of everything. One of their pastimes includes him playing the bass guitar while she learns to plays the keyboard. They also enjoy cooking, working in the yard and playing in the park. He attends different activities at her school.

There is much I can say about my son, but time will not allow me. However, I can say that I am proud of Samuel as he lives a committed life to God, his daughter, work and job and country. Nya (his daughter) is now a second grader, who has been on the honor roll this entire school year and has been promoted to the third grade. This wonderful man of God, who is my son, a father, Mr. Mom, and still finds time to be a Louisiana State Trooper, has truly made me proud.

About the writer: Samuel H. Boyd, Sr. is the pastor of Pearl St. A.M.E. Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He can be contacted by e-mail at: pastorshboydsr50@aol.com.

(Copied with permission.)


We regret to announce the passing of Evangelist Eartha Louise Jamison Butler, the mother of the Rev. Maurice L. Butler, pastor of Elizabeth AME Church in Bear, Delaware (Delaware Conference, Wilmington District). The following information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements.

Funeral, Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11 a.m.

Greater Faith Baptist Church
203 Dorchester Street
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115
Phone: 803-536-5258
Fax: 803-536-2744

The Rev. John Osborne, Jr., Pastor

Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent to:

The Butler Family
c/o Larrie Butler, Sr.
100 Big Game Loop
Columbia, South Carolina 29229

The Rev. Maurice L. Butler
107 Carriage Wood Court
Newark, DE 19702


Sincere gratitude is extended for your prayers, cards, phone calls, words of encouragement and other expressions during the loss of my sister, Mrs. Hilma Smith-Walker. Thank you for all that you do to bring encouragement and hope to God's people.

The Rev. Rosalynn K. Brookins,
Former Episcopal Supervisor


Dr. George Flowers and the Flowers family wish to thank the members and friends of the African Methodist Episcopal Church for all of your acts of kindness in the form of prayers, cards, phone calls, words of encouragement, memorial gifts and other acts of kindness shown during the homegoing of our mother, Mrs. Georganna Flowers.

Dr. George F. Flowers, gwmame@bellsouth.net
Executive Director
Department of Global Witness and Ministry


Episcopal Family Service Arrangements: Mrs. Rachael Alvilda Petersen Ross Carter, Mother of former Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot

We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Rachael Alvilda Petersen Ross Carter, mother of former Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot. She passed at her daughter's home, Mrs. Clarissa Ross Lewis (Linwood Sr.) in Bronx, NY on July 12, 2010.

Mrs. Carter was born August 12, 1912. She survived both husbands: Iver Hamilton Ross and John Ethelbert Carter. She is survived by her three daughters: Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot (Bishop Frederick H.), Gertrude Ross Jones (Paul) and Clarissa Ross Lewis (Linwood Sr.); two sisters, Marion Petersen Ford and Antoinette Petersen Bolling (Lloyd), and a brother, Frank Petersen (Clarissa). For many years she was the" matriarch" of the Edney and Petersen clan of close to 1000 relatives.

Funeral services in the United States have been held.

Homegoing services in St. Croix
The family will travel to St. Croix and funeral services will be held in St. Croix on Friday, July 23rd 2010.

Viewing: 9:00 a.m.
The Service of Thanksgiving: 10:00 a.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Frederiksted, St. Croix
Pastor John Carrier

Burial immediately following the service.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot (Bishop Frederick H.)
240 Ashington Court
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027-4362

Telephone messages may be left @ (615) 221-9673

Email Address: srtalbot@comcast.net

Bishop and Dr. Talbot will return home on July 31, 2010.

Please remember Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot and family in your prayers.


We sorrowfully announce the death of Mother Puleng Martha Moremi on Saturday, 17 July 2010. She was the widow of the late Reverend Sebego Zephaniah Moremi, who served as a pastor for 54 year and a presiding Elder from 1959 to 1997. She served in various positions of the Women's Missionary Society of the then West Transvaal Conference Branch, and was awarded a life membership status in 1996.

Among those who mourn her death is the Rev. S. Z. Moremi, pastor of Lake Bethesda A.M.E. Church in the M.M. Mokone Annual Conference. The funeral service will be held Saturday, 24 July. Let us keep the family in prayer as we honor the life of this faithful servant.


We regret to announce the passing of Mother Julia Hunter McFadden, the grand aunt of the Rev. Brenda D. Ford, pastor of Trinity AMEC in Smithtown, New York (New York Conference, Jamaica/Long Island District).

The following information has been provided regarding funeral arrangements:

Viewing, Friday, July 16, 2010, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Funeral, Saturday, July 17, 2010, 1:00 p.m.

Union Station A.M.E. Church
945 South Main Street
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
Phone: 803-775-8200

The Rev. Friendly J. Gadson, Pastor

Service of Comfort entrusted to:

Community Funeral Home
353 Manning Avenue
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
Phone: 803-773-3962
Fax: 803-775-8572

Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent to:

The Rev. Brenda Ford
120-19 228th Street
Cambria Heights, NY 11411
Phone: 718-926-1464


We regret to announce the passing of Mrs. Mae Josie Scott, mother of Mrs. Ida C Reed, wife of the Rev. Granville W. Reed III, Pastor, Mt. Olive AMEC, Jacksonville, Florida and Secretary of the Judicial Council AMEC. Mrs. Scott passed Monday, following a long illness.

Service Arrangements for Mrs. Mae Josie Scott:

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

The Rev. & Mrs. Granville W Reed, III
2002 Mt. Herman St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Telephone: (904) 356-2127
Email Address: Granreed@aol.com


Regretfully we announce the passing of Marvin Louis Booker, son of Presiding Elder Emeritus Benjamin R. Booker and Mrs. Roxy A Walton, stepson of Mrs. Nell Harvey Booker, sister of Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Booker (Kenneth), brother of Benjamin R. Booker II, David Earl Booker, the Reverend Calvin Lawrence Booker (Connie), pastor of Cathedral of Faith Community Church, Memphis, Tennessee and the Reverend Spencer Lamar Booker (Gail) pastor of Bethel AME, Kansas City, Missouri.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to:

Presiding Elder Emeritus Benjamin R. Booker
7252 Kingland Drive
Memphis, Tennessee 38125

Mrs. Roxy Walton
4227 Windward Drive
Memphis, Tennessee

The Reverend Calvin Lawrence Booker
Cathedral of Faith Community Church
2212 Jackson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38112

The Reverend Spencer Lamar Booker
Bethel AME Church
Kansas City, Missouri

Submitted by,

The family of Mr. Marvin Louis Booker


We regret to announce the passing of Mrs. Victoria D. Tisdale, the mother of the Reverend J. W. Tisdale, Pastor of St. Phillip AME Church in Monticello, Florida. Mrs. Victoria D. Tisdale passed from this life to eternity on July 10, 2010.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

The Reverend Julius W. Tisdale, Pastor
St. Phillip AME Church
8 Phillips Road
Monticello, Florida 32344

Telephone: (850) 997-4226
Email Address: Jtstphillip@aol.com


We regret to share news of the untimely passing on Friday, July 9, 2010 of Mrs. Sharone White Bailey, the daughter of AME Church General Board member, Mrs. Marcie W. White of the Virginia Annual Conference, 2nd Episcopal District.

Sharone White Bailey, named the 2010 Eastern Shore Citizen of the Year at the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in June 2010, was part owner and clinical director for Belle Haven-based Therapeutic Interventions, a community mental health provider. She was a choir member and secretary of the Trustee Board at the Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Accomack, Virginia and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC.

The funeral has been held.

Online Guest Book:

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Mrs. Marcie W. White and Family
PO Box 175
Accomack, Virginia 23301-0175
Phone Number: (757) 787-2107
Email Address: music1236@verizon.net

There will also be a scholarship fund created at Belle Haven-based Therapeutic Interventions, a community mental health provider for youth in both Accomack and Northampton Counties. Checks may be made payable to: Therapeutic Interventions.

Contributions may be mailed to:

Therapeutic Interventions
15405 Merry Cat Lane
PO Box 308
Belle Haven, Virginia 23306
Phone Number (757) 442-6147


Regretfully, we announce the passing of Mother Frances M. Wiggins, the Mother of the Reverend Troy Merritt, Jr., Presiding Elder of the South Nashville District, Tennessee Annual Conference and First Lady Mrs. Brenda A Merritt; and first cousin of the Reverend Joe T. Southall, pastor of Hopewell AME Church, Columbia, Tennessee. Mother Wiggins was also the mother of civil rights and education activist Dr. Mary Frances Berry, of Washington, D.C.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy and condolences can be sent to:

Presiding Elder Troy Merritt, Jr.
913 Sutton Hill Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
Phone: (615) 385-3842
Fax: (615) 460-9257
Email: tmerrit1@bellsouth.net


It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mr. Milton H. Brown Sr., spouse of the Reverend Linda Brown, Local Elder at the Historic Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Brown, a veteran of the United States Navy, passed shortly after 7 a.m. on July 4, 2010.

The funeral has been held.


The Reverend Linda M. Brown
151 Shoreside Drive # 13102
Lexington, Kentucky 40517
(859) 543-2411


We regret to announce the passing of Bishop Jacob Sutton, Jr. of Christ Mission Holiness Church on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Bishop Sutton was the father of the Reverend Harvey Sutton, pastor of Friendship African Methodist Episcopal Church, in the Manning District of the Central South Carolina Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

The Rev. & Mrs. Harvey Sutton
476 Valley Ridge Road
Swansea, SC 29160

FAX 803-787-8179


We regret to announce the passing of the Rev. Roy Hudson (50 years old), former pastor in the Pensacola District-Florida Annual Conference, son of the Rev. Robert Hudson, pastor of St. Mary-Caryville, Pensacola District-Florida Annual Conference.

Rev. Hudson passed Monday, July 5, 2010 at 6:30 a.m. at the Santa Rosa Medical Center in Milton, Florida.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Mrs. Felicia Hudson (wife)
1343 North "J" Street, Apt. B
Pensacola, Florida 32501
(850) 221-6636
Email: Jaymom47@yahoo.com


We regret to share news of the passing of Mr. David Julius, Sr., the father of David Julius, Jr., ACF President, Piketberg District-Cape Annual Conference of the Fifteenth Episcopal District; Bishop Wilfred Jacobus Messiah, presiding prelate.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to family of Mr. David Julius, Sr. in care of Mount Olive Chapel AME Church.


We regret to announce the passing of Mrs. Annie Mae Stovall, the mother-in-law of the Reverend Cora Stovall, pastor of the Mulberry Circuit in the East Tennessee Annual Conference and grandmother of Licentiate Wesley Stovall, a member of Wrights Chapel AME Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Stovall died Thursday, July 1, 2010 in Winchester, Tennessee.

The funeral has been held.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

The Rev. Dr. Cora Stovall
1905 Bella Vista Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Brother Wesley Stovall
P O Box 3533
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152


We regret to announce the passing of Robert James "Robb" Perkins, III, the nephew of the Reverend W. R. Norful, Sr., pastor of St. John AME Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas and first lady Teresa L. Norful. Robert James Perkins, III (age 27) passed suddenly at his home in Muskogee, Oklahoma early Tuesday morning, June 29, 2010.

The funeral has been held.

Online Guest book: http://www.biglowfunerals.com/index.cfm

Condolences may be sent to:

The Reverend and Mrs. W. R. Norful, Sr.
206 North Poplar Street
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601-3469
(870) 535-3123


The Clergy Family Information Center
Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry, Chair
Commission on Social Action

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

BLOG: http://ameccfic.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMEC_CFIC

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-AME-Church-Clergy-Family-Information-Center/167202414220


The Chair of the Commission on Publications, the Right Reverend Richard Franklin Norris; the Publisher, the Reverend Dr. Johnny Barbour and the Editor of The Christian Recorder, the Reverend Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III offer our condolences and prayers to those who have lost loved ones. We pray that the peace of Christ will be with you during this time of your bereavement.