Khalilah McLemore Ziegler, daughter of Presiding Elder and Mrs. James McLemore, Pittsburgh Annual Conference, Third Episcopal District, graduated on June 21, 2012 from Argosy University, Atlanta, Georgia with a Master's Degree in Management, a 3.73 GPA and with SUMMA CUM LAUDE Honors. Khalilah attends Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA where the Rev. Dr. Steven Jackson is the pastor.
Tony DeMarco Hansberry II, twin son of Mrs. Kathi Sloan Hansberry, District Consultant, Suwannee-North District and Rev. Tony DeMarco Hansberry, Presiding Elder, Suwannee-North District, Eleventh Episcopal District, is one of the honorees of the 2012 365Black Awards of McDonald's USA. Tony Hansberry, II is a recent high school graduate who invented a surgical technique – while in high school – that reduces the risk of infection after a hysterectomy.
Rev. Godfrey Mitchell, Pastor of Bethesda AME Church, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, has been promoted to Chief Staff Officer of the Auxiliary Fire Service of Trinidad and Tobago. In this capacity he will be the administrator of all the fire officers in the Auxiliary Fire Service for the entire country. Rev. Mitchell has been a fireman for the last 42 years, having joined the Auxiliary Fire Service of Trinidad and Tobago in January 1970. Rev Mitchell has been an itinerant elder in the AME Church since 1992 and has pastored several churches including Sealey Memorial in Barbados, McKenzie, Christ and Metropolitan in Trinidad. He is currently the pastor of Bethesda AME Church in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, Windward Islands Conference.
We praise God! We are grateful and proud to announce that Langston J. Johnson, grandson of Presiding Elder Ralph and Patricia Johnson was born premature on March 17th. He weighed 1 lb 14 ounces. He stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Hospital for 109 days. He came home to be with his parents Lawrence and LeTishia Johnson on July 4th. He presently weighs 10 lbs 2 ounces. To God be the glory. Presiding Elder Johnson baptized Baby Langston on Sunday, June 22nd.
Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch, widow of The Late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Mrs. Couch is currently the oldest member of St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church, Clarksville, Tennessee. She continues to play the organ at the church located at 518 Franklin Street, as she has done for fifty plus years. Every Sunday morning finds her pulling herself up the long banister staircase at St. Peter's AME Church to reach her appointed destination at the organ. Mrs. Ella B. Couch takes pride in being a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society.
It is indeed with great excitement & gratitude to God through our Lord and Savior for what He keeps doing in us individually & collectively. Last year about this time on Saturday August 6th, 2011, Rev. Faith & I as parents, announced the wedding of our oldest twin daughter Elizabth Chiwanza Mugala-DaCosta; a blessed union between the Mugala & DaCosta families.On tomorrow, Saturday August 11th, 2012 in Kitwe, Zambia, there is what we call a Bridal Shower for our second twin daughter Mary Nachamba Mugala ... back home this is popularly known as a "Kitchen Party."
The Rev. Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor and the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Ann Blake Sydnor will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, August 18, 2012. They were married on Saturday August 18, 1962 at St. James AME Church in Danville, Kentucky.
The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. William W. Easley, Jr. will observe their forty-fifth wedding anniversary on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
Congratulations to Chaplain Ammie Davis on her selection for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy! Chaplain Davis is a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA and is a member of the 8th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is currently serving as the Chaplain Programs Officer for Navy Recruiting Command.