Congratulatory Announcements 

October 2021


Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a Candidate for President of American Psychological Association 

Thema S. Bryant-Davis, PHD  is the daughter of Bishop John Richard Bryant (Retired) and Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, Supervisor Retired

Campaign website is and below is a video link

  • Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center's Victims of Violence Program.  Upon graduating, she became the Coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program, which provides intervention and prevention programming to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, and harassment based on sexual orientation.  She is currently a tenured professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory.  Her clinical and research interests center on interpersonal trauma and the societal trauma of oppression.  She is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past APA representative to the United Nations. Dr. Thema also served on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology and the Committee on Women in Psychology.  The American Psychological Association honored her for Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest in 2013.  The Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma honored her with their media award for the film Psychology of Human Trafficking in 2016 and the Institute honored her with the Donald Fridley Memorial Award for excellence in mentoring in the field of trauma in 2018.  The California Psychological Association honored her for Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology in 2015.  She is the editor of the APA text Multicultural Feminist Therapy: Heling Adolescent Girls of Color to Thrive.  She is one of the foundational scholars on the topic of the trauma of racism and in 2020, she gave an invited keynote address on the topic at APA.   In 2020, the International Division of APA honored her for her International Contributions to the Study of Gender and Women for her work in Africa and the Diaspora.  Dr. Thema has raised public awareness regarding mental health by extending the reach of psychology beyond the academy and private therapy office through community programming and media engagement, including but not limited to Headline News, National Public Radio, and CNN. 

 Dr. Thema discusses her campaign platforms - YouTube

Congratulatory Responses can be emailed to: (Thema S. Bryant-Davis, PHD)



Chaplain, Colonel Regina O. Samuel selected for promotion to Colonel on the Air Force CY21B-621B Chaplain Colonel Board

We are proud to announce that Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Regina O. Samuel was selected for promotion to Colonel on the Air Force CY21B-621B Chaplain Colonel Board. Pending Senate confirmation, Chaplain Samuel will be the first woman Chaplain Colonel in the Air Force Chaplain Corps endorsed by the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Chaplain Samuel is currently assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA.  She is a member of the Northeast Annual Conference.  Her home church is Mt. Zion AME Church, Florence, SC.


Bishop Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath

Office of the Ecumenical & Urban Affairs

P.O. Box 43037
Philadelphia, PA 19129
(267) 579-2558



Rev. Enercida Rodriguez and Mr. José Manuel Tolentino announce the birth of their daughter  Alana Zoé Tolentino Rodriguez

Rev. Enercida Rodriguez and Mr. José Manuel Tolentino announce the birth of their daughter Alana Zoé Tolentino Rodriguez born on September 27 at 5:03 PM.

Rev. Rodriguez is an ordained itinerant elder in the Dominican Annual Conference and the former Connectional YPD Third Vice President and 16th District YPD Director.

Her father, Rev. Abraham Rodriguez is the Presiding Elder of the Southeast District of the Dominican Annual Conference, pastor of Impacto de Vida AME Church, La Romana, and a former member of the General Board. Her mother Sonia Pacheco is a former Dominican Annual Conference YPD Director.

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