Congratulatory Announcements May 2023

*AME Church Treasurer/CFO Receives Honorary Doctorate from Payne Theological Seminary

At the May 12, 2023, Commencement of Payne Theological Seminary, AME Church Treasurer/CFO Marcus T. Henderson was bestowed the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the institution. 

In his remarks to those assembled, he stated, “So, the question I pose to you is simple, one that you will have to ask yourself everyday until it becomes your life’s standard. I say standard because Goals change, move and morph, YET a STANDARD is how you live your life.  So here is the haunting question, “Are you going to be prophetic or pathetic”? They both start with “P” and sound a little bit alike, but as you know have vastly different meanings, effect and delivery.” 

It was also announced that Dr. Henderson and his wife Yolanda Mason Henderson seeded the Henderson Family Endowment at Payne with a $100,000 contribution.




*Congratulations to Marvin Frank Curtis Zanders, Esquire, for earning the taxation LL.M 

Congratulations to Marvin Frank Cutis Zanders, Esquire for earning the taxation LL.M from New York University School of Law on Thursday May 18, 2023.  Attorney Zanders is the first FAMU Law Graduate to earn the LL.M in taxation from N.Y.U. Law School. He has completed the Florida Bar and will begin his law career with the Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP law firm. He is the son of Bishop Marvin C. and Supervisor Winifred H. Zanders of the 16th Episcopal District AMEC.

Congratulatory expressions can be sent to Attorney Zanders at or 4003 Eagle Landing Parkway Orange Park, Florida 32065.



*Augustine Speaks for University's 2023 Baccalaureate and Honor Cord Ceremony

The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church (Durham, NC) and member of the AME Church's Judicial Council, delivered the sermon as part of St. Augustine's University 2023 Baccalaureate and Honor Cord Ceremony. The service was held at St. Augustine's historic campus chapel, on the university's main campus in Raleigh, NC, on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Information from the university can be seen here: Founded in 1867, St. Augustine's University is an HBCU administered by the Episcopal Church.  

The Rev. Jonathan C. Augustine, JD, DMin
31st Pastor, St. Joseph AME Church
National Chaplain, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.



*Claire B. Crawford received the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Southern California

Congratulations to Claire B. Crawford, who received the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Southern California on May 11, 2023.  Dr. Crawford is the daughter of the Rev. Marvin L. Crawford, M.D., M.Div., Pastor of First Saint Paul AMEC, Lithonia, Georgia, and Dr. Sherell Vicks-Crawford (former Connectional YPD Director).

Dr. Claire Crawford has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Africana Political Thought, Department of Political Science & Program of Africana Studies at Wake Forest University.  

Congratulatory notes may be sent to:
Dr. Claire B. Crawford
5695 Hunters Chase Ct.
Lithonia, GA  30038


 *The Rev. Sharrice L. Autry received her Master of Divinity from Emory / Candler School of Theology

I am proud to announce that on May 6, 2023, my daughter, the Rev. Sharrice L. Autry received her Master of Divinity from Emory / Candler School of Theology. The Rev. Sharrice Autry is a fifth-generation preacher and we are both so very grateful to God for all His divine benefits. Many thanks to all her supporting cast who prayed her through. Please help me congratulate her on the completion of her Masters program. To God be the glory!

Congratulations can be sent to: 

Rev. Minnie Autry, Retired Pastor

Michigan Conference 


On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, and  Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestones. 


Ora L. Easley,

International Administrator