Presiding Elder Ralph and Pat Johnson, Presiding Elder and First Lady of the Louisville/Paducah District of the West Kentucky Conference, will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on August 27, 2012. They were married on August 27, 1977 in Gallatin, Tennessee at First Baptist Church where her father the late Rev. Daniel Bender, Sr. was pastor. Pat's uncle, Rev Curtis Bender performed the ceremony with the assistance of Ralph's father, Rev. L. W. Johnson.
The Reverend Anthony R. Sanders, currently serving as the pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Cape Charles, Virginia will be re-enlisting in the U. S. Navy for 3 years on Monday, August 27, 2012. He has already served nearly 22 years with an E8 pay grade and is Senior Chief Petty Officer.
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate, Tenth Episcopal District and Bro. Stan McKenzie, Episcopal Supervisor, celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary, August 30, 2012. “The 30th of August represented 44 wonderful years….. Many more to come.”
It is with much praise and thanks to God that we share the news of the celebration of the 99th birthday (30 Aug) of Superannuated minister Rev Henry J. Legolie, emeritus presiding elder. ”I'd rather have Jesus than anything, this world affords today seems” to be his credo. “Modern day ministers chase after flashy expensive cares, double story homes and more degrees than a thermometer. Rev Legolie always boasts with his BA: Born Again, DD Devil Defeater. Thus haste the day dear Lord when your servants will once again hunger and thirst after souls about to be lost to the kingdom like this man of God.” Rev Legolie joins Mother Bethel who celebrated their centenary not so long ago, on Sunday morning at 9am as the preacher. The Lord's name be praised.
Congratulations to Reverend Charles Singleton, Superannuated minister-Palmetto Annual Conference and Sister Jeanette P. Singleton, WMS-Life member as they celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary on September 7, 2012 (September 7, 1957). Their children - Charnette Eudora, Charles Prince (Delissa-Eric & Evan), Charlton Pinckney (Maryjo-Shalamar & Marcus) ask God's blessing and your prayers as the couple cruise the Bahamas during this Blessed celebration.
Presiding Elder Emeritus, Flemming Emmanuel Joseph of the Windward Islands Conference, Sixteenth Episcopal District, received a national award on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, which was celebrated on August 31, 2012. These awards are given every year on Independence Day to citizens who have made a significant contribution to the development of the country. Presiding Elder Joseph was awarded a Humming Bird Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in the sphere of business.
My father, Dr. Michael A. Cousin Sr., turned 50 years old Wednesday 9/5/2012! He is the pastor of Saint Stephen AME Church in Detroit, Michigan. He is the husband of Mrs. Marcy Geneva Cousin, and the father of Michael A. Cousin Jr., 21, and Timothy Charles Cousin, 19. Dr. Cousin is the son of the 96th elected and consecrated Bishop Philip Robert Cousin Sr. (Ret.) and Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin, Former Episcopal Supervisor.
Tiffany M. Kelly, daughter of Dr. Herman O. Kelly, Jr. and Mrs. Linda M. Kelly, Pastor and first lady of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded the Trustee Scholarship Fund. Tiffany is a freshman at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Trustee Scholarship Fund for Students –Award Amount: $2500 Requirements: Awards are made to first year entering Graduate and first year entering Undergraduate full time students. Leadership ability, community/volunteer activities and academic excellence will be considered in the awarding process. Minimum GPA is 3.5. Scholarships are renewable with a GPA of 3.2, based on available funds.
Presiding Elder Willis and Mrs. Hattie Huggins, West Birmingham, Ensley, Greensboro District, 9th Episcopal District, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Monday, September 10, 2012. Their celebration event was held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 with a Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at Bryant Chapel A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Rev. Damien Littlejohn, pastor. The ceremony participants were: the Rev. Dr. J.C. Carter, Retired pastor - 1st Baptist Church - Sheffield AL, the Rev. Dr. W. E. Marshall, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church - Mobile AL., the Rev. Raymond Swafford, Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, Florence AL and the Rev. Gloria Hall, Bethel A.M.E. Church - Ensley, Birmingham AL.
At the 49th Quadrennial Session of the A.M.E. Church's General Conference held in July 2012 at the Opryland Hotel & Convention Center located in Nashville, Tennessee, Former Episcopal Supervisor Margaret Joan Cousin received The Bishop's Quadrennial Award, the highest honor that the A.M.E. Bishops' Council Confers. The Bishops' Council Award Presentation read:"The Bishop's Quadrennial Award, African Methodist Episcopal Church is presented to Dr. Margaret Joan Cousin Beloved wife of Former Senior Bishop Philip R. Cousin, Sr., mother of five clergy leaders in African Methodism, doting Grandmother, Retired educator and Episcopal Supervisor in the African Methodist Church - your unrelenting call awakened a drowsy, indifferent church to the suffering and stigma imposed by HIV and AIDS. Before there was a "Balm In Gilead" there was Margaret Joan Cousin, a pioneer without peer in HIV and AIDS Awareness and Prevention Ministry. Yours was the lone voice calling the Black Church to attention. When the church seemed too aloof and too appropriate to discuss sex and sexuality, you spoke up about empty chairs at the dinner table and the devastation HIV and AIDS was having on African American Families. Like a drum major, you led the missionaries that you supervised on ways you have touched parades without pomp and pageantry through city streets armed with literature about behaviors that caused unnecessary deaths. You declared war on HIV and AIDS and its impact on families. Mrs. Margaret Joan Cousin was the third recipient.
Bishop McKinley Young and Supervisor Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal Team of the 3rd District will celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary on September 23, 2012...... "Many more to come."
Presiding Elder Albert L. Hyche and Attorney Ida Tyree Hyche are pleased to announce the Wedding of their daughter, Shade' Alexandria Hyche, former Connectional YPD Communications Secretary and Editor, YPD Gazette, of Birmingham, Alabama, to Mr. Jiwann Denard Dixon, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2:00 pm at Saint John AME Church, downtown Birmingham. After a honeymoon trip to Hawaii, the couple will reside in Atlanta, GA, where Mr. Dixon works as a Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo and the Bride is pursuing opportunities as an attorney. We wish the couple God's blessings.
Mrs. Piccola Washington wife of the Rev. W. T. Washington (Retired), and immediate past president of the 12th District MSWAWO has just been elected to the Pine Bluff School Board of Directors. She received 71% of the votes cast in her zone. She was sworn in on Sept. 19, 2012, her birthday, and will serve a 3-year term.
Join with the 10th Episcopal District AME Church in wishing Episcopal Supervisor Stan McKenzie a Happy Birthday. Supervisor Stan will celebrate his birthday, tomorrow, October 6, 2012.
The Ronald A. Boykin is the Pastor at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Manassas, Virginia. On September 21, 2012, Reverend Ronald A. Boykin gave the invocation at the rally at which President Barack Obama spoke to over 12,000 supporters. Speaking at Pfitzner Stadium the Reverend Boykin prayed for peaceful assembly, permissive fellowship, that all things would bring glory to God and that God's Grace would abound. The Reverend Boykin serves in the Capitol District of the Washington Annual Conference; the Reverend Goodwin Douglas is the Presiding Elder and the Rt. Rev. William P. DeVeaux, Presiding Prelate, Second Episcopal District.
Pastor Boykin and First Lady Helen Boykin have served the congregation of First A.M.E. Church since December 1993. During this time they have taken an active role in the communities in and around Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City. They have shown love to the elderly, and children, the homeless and the hungry and have embraced the diversity among God's people in their area. People have seen their love in the community, and their community service, but most importantly, the community has recognized that they have coupled that community service with the truth of the gospel message and that has been a powerful display of the love of God. Pastor Boykin's love for ministering to the physical and the spiritual needs in his area is also reflected in the numerous public community forums he has hosted addressing concerns and issues affecting the citizens of the greater Prince William County area. In the past he convened community leaders, fellow community clergy and citizens in a call for prayer and discussion regarding an outburst of violence that plagued the area.
The Reverend Dr. LaVerne Whitehead Reed, Itinerant Elder in the Tenth Episcopal District, serving on staff at Smith Chapel A.M.E. Church on the Greater Dallas District in the North Texas Conference has achieved another first! On October 2, 2012 Dr. Reed appeared before the Association of Professional Chaplains' Board Certification Committee in request of the recommendation as a Board Certified Chaplain. After the hour long process, a unanimous decision for certification was granted. According to the committee Dr. Reed is the first African Methodist Episcopal Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) in the state of Texas.
Rev. Dr. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt named Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jarvis Christian College: In August 2012, Rev. Dr. Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt joined the administrative team of President Dr. Lester C. Newman at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor in Social Work. She joined the team after leaving Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, where she had served as the Dean of University College, Director of Community Service Learning and Director of the Renaissance Learning Program. On February 14, 2013, Jarvis President Dr. Lester C. Newman announced that the interim title had been removed and that Dr. Lee-Pruitt was named the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jarvis Christian College. Rev. Dr. Pruitt is the pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Shreveport, LA in the Eighth Episcopal District where Bishop Julius McAllister, Sr., is the Presiding Prelate and Rev. Michele Goodloe is the Presiding Elder. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Ph.D. in Social Work from Jackson State University; her Master of Social Work from Temple University; and her Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary.