A New Beginning: Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?” (Matthew 19: 4-5)

The Reverend Carey Andrew Grady, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, will unite in marriage with India Nicole Clemons.  The Reverend Carey Andrew Grady and India Nicole Clemons will begin their new life together in love by exchanging marriage vows on Saturday, the seventeenth of July two thousand and ten at two o’clock in the afternoon at the Abundant Faith Christian Center, 2525 Taylor Avenue, Springfield, Illinois.  The wedding will be officiated by Bishop Z.L.Grady and others. The couple will reside in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wedding Registry #11635112: www.bedbathandbeyond.com  


LaTrecia Herring, MD is the daughter of Brother Samuel Herring and the late Rev. Shelda Herring of the West Tennessee Conference of the 13th Episcopal District. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Herring relocated to the Southwest to join Cottonwood Medical Center, LTD, a group practice in Casa Grande that specializes in the care of adults and children.  She trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Charleston, South Carolina and Miami, Florida.  "Reach Out and Read is quite literally ingrained in me, as it was part of my residency training program and featured in our pediatric clinics." What do you value most about being a RORSA provider?   "I like the idea that even before a child can speak, I am able to help encourage the development of language and promote the concept that books are a normal and necessary part of his or her life.  Many parents still look to the pediatrician to determine what a child should and should not be doing at any given life stage.  If we work to advocate the use of books in the home as routine, as bonding, and as a vital tool in development, the parents will trust this recommendation and continue as the child grows."

Congratulations to Melanee C. Harvey who recently received her Master's Degree in Art History from Boston University. Melanee is the daughter of Mrs. Sharon E. Jefferson of Dayton, Ohio and Dr. Louis-Charles Harvey, Presiding Elder, Potomac District, Washington Annual Conference, 2nd Episcopal District. Moreover she is the niece of Presiding Elder Emeritus Benjamin Booker Sr. and Mrs. Nell Harvey Booker of Memphis, Tennessee and Rev. Reginald Brock and Mrs. Gladys Harvey Brock of Nashville, TN.  She has been admitted to the  the Doctoral program at Boston University and will commence study there this Fall.


Congratulations to Tricia Thomas, the Kentucky Conference President of YPD of the 13th Episcopal District of the AME Church who graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY on Friday, June 4, 2010.  Tricia completed high school a year early in 2009 and immediately began her college career matriculating at Bluegrass Community College.  This fall, she will begin her studies at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Early Childhood Education.  Tricia is the oldest daughter of Reverends Troy and Maxine Thomas, Pastor and Assistant Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Lexington, KY. 


Congratulations to Oko Kendrick Gogo and Akweley Kendra Gogo on their graduation from Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina on June 2, 2010. They are the son and daughter of the Reverend Ago E. Gogo and the Reverend Tina R. Gogo. In the fall, Oko will attend Lander University and Akweley will attend Winthrop University. The Reverend Ago E. Gogo is the pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church (Jalapa), Kinards, South Carolina.


Congratulations to Wycliff Chipili Mukupa, who qualified as a Medical Doctor from the University of Zambia Medical School on Friday June 11, 2010.  Wycliff is the proud son of the late Rev. Moses Chipili and Mrs. Chipili, 17th Episcopal District.  Wycliff has been assigned to Kitwe Central Hospital one of the largest hospitals in the country, to do his internship for a year.


Ms. Angela Hayden, Esq., granddaughter of the Reverend Joseph T. Brown (Local Elder) and Mrs. Nancy Brown of Wayman Chapel AME located in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, received a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in January 2010. During a Hooding Ceremony on May 8, 2010 she received the Pro Bono Commitment to Community Award for contributing over fifty hours of pro bono service during her matriculation at the School of Law. She received a B. A. Degree in Political Science from Hampton University in 2004.  Attorney Hayden passed the Pennsylvania bar and has relocated to Washington, DC.


On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the Reverend Nathan Frey, Pastor of Woodfork Chapel A.M.E. Church, Shelbyville, Tennessee and the Reverend Lillian Frey celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  On Sunday, June 13, 2010, the Reverend Nathan and the Reverend Lillian Frey renewed their wedding vows in the presence of God, family members who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, church family, and friends of Woodfork Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Reverend Attorney Robin Kimbrough, Pastor of Scott's Chapel United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, Tennessee, officiating.  The members, friends, and family filled the house.


On May 22, 2010, David Michael Sembly, Sr. graduated from Mc Daniels College in Westminster, Maryland receiving his Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a 3.94 GPA. David is the Department Chair of the Language Arts Department in Anne Arundel County Maryland. David is married to the former Courtney Herring and they are the proud parents of David Michael, Jr.  David is the son of the Reverend Charles T. and Mrs. Pamela J. Sembly, the Pastor and First Lady of Union Bethel AME Church, Randallstown, Maryland.

 The Reverend Helen L. Johnson-Robinson, Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Monticello, Florida proudly announces the birth of her grandson, a beautiful baby boy, Javon Devoia Howell born June 15, 2010  @ 4:49 PM. The proud parents are the Reverend Octavia (Nikki) Johnson Howell and James Howell. The Reverend Nikki Howell is the Minister to Youth at First AME Church of Manassas, Virginia where the Reverend Ronald Boykin serves as Senior Pastor, and she is the daughter of the Reverend Helen L. Johnson-Robinson. 

 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 A M E 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 A M E Church in Pearlington, Mississippi; and she is the aunt of Venson Fields, member of Anderson Chapel A M E Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

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.

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

 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 AkA (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.

 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.


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.


  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.   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.



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