The Reverend Dr. Goodwin Douglas recently announced his retirement after 55 years in ministry. He formally retired during the 64th Session of the Washington Annual Conference in April 2014. For the past 20 years he served as the Presiding Elder of the Capitol District of the Washington Annual Conference. As Presiding Elder he led over 40 congregations and more than 40,000 members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Under his leadership, the Capitol District grew spiritually, financially, and numerically. A grand Retirement Celebration is being planned to honor the Reverend Dr. Goodwin Douglas and his 55 years in ministry. The event will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at Martins Crosswinds, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The Rev. Theodore Payne IV, Senior Pastor, Quinn Community AME Church, Moreno Valley, California was married to Jennifer Michelle Negron' on June 7th at St. Paul AME Church in San Bernardino, CA. Reverend Payne, affectionately known as "Pastor P" has served Quinn Community Church for three years; he has also served as the Senior Pastor of Ward Chapel, Mexico, Missouri; and Wayman Chapel, Billings, Montana. Reverend Payne is the grandson of the late Rev. Dr. V.L. Brenson and Mother Quintine Brenson; who served Bryant Temple AME Church in Los Angeles, CA for 34 years. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District officiated the ceremony.
Congratulations to the Rev. Amelia D. Graham for being conferred the Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling on June 7, 2014 at Ecumenical Theological Seminary. The Rev. Amelia D. Graham serves as Associate Minister at Trinity A.M.E. Church in Detroit, MI, where the Rev. Dr. Alice F. Patterson is the Pastor. We are so very proud of her accomplishments.
It gives me great pleasure, privilege, gratitude and an equally sense of deep appreciation to our great Jehovah God Almighty for the graduation of my vivacious, beautiful, powerful woman of God, covenant partner in marriage and in her own right, a powerful Teacher & Preacher, the Reverend Faith Mundi Simfukwe-Mugala who graduated from our own famous Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 with a Masters of Divinity degree. To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Keeps doing along with the Bountiful Blessings He keeps pouring on the Mugala family. "Congratulations my Darling Sweetheart for this great academic Achievement." The Rev. Paul M. Mugala Sr. (husband), proud Pastor of Shalom Tabernacle AME Church in Lusaka, Zambia, 17th Episcopal District
Ruth LaShonda Tisdale proudly graduated from The Wake Forest University School of Law on May 19, 2014. Ruth is the immediate past President of the Southern Region Black Law Students Association, which covers Law Schools in nine (9) States and 46 Law Schools. She received many certificates and awards during her tenure as President, and as a student at Wake Forest. Prior to her enrollment at Wake Forest, Ruth worked as a Newspaper Reporter for Roanoke News in Roanoke, Virginia. She was one of the first reporters to arrive on the scene to cover the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. While studying for the Bar, Ruth is currently one of the musicians at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she plays the Piano, the organ, and directs the Male Chorus. She has accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the District Attorney Office in Bronx, New York. Ruth is the youngest daughter of The Reverend Julius W. Tisdale, Pastor of St. Phillips AME Church in Monticello, FL.
Under the dynamic leadership of former Episcopal Supervisor, the Reverend Rosalynn Kyle Brookins and the " 2 Hearts Beat As One" Marriage Ministry, Walker Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California, hosted its first annual Community Health Fair. There were 32 community stakeholders and two elected Officials, Councilman Curren Price and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, in attendance. An array of services were provided such as: Pepperdine University under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, provided mental health screening; Good News Korean Church provided immunization; Black Women for Wellness, healthy eating demonstration Brand New Day - Cover California; St. Vincent Hospital - Vision, Bio-Data-glucose testing; Ruby House - shelter for women and children, Break-the-Cycle, (domestic violence), Free-N-One drug and alcohol program; F. A. M. E. Los Angeles Foster Care Services, SCLC, El Santa niño-Tae kwon do demonstration for (Special Needs) WIC, HEAD START, not to mention that there were more than 300 bags of groceries given to the community. Taking back the community one step at a time using the wholistic approach.
Bishop Frederick H. Talbot and Dr. Sylvia R. Talbot will observe the 56th anniversary of their marriage on July 11th, 2014. For God's mercies still endure, ever faithful, ever sure!
Please join us in congratulating our daughter, Pamela Ifunanya Aseme and new son-in-law Samuel Elliott Terrell II for their moment of Holy Matrimony on July 5, 2014. The happy couple will honeymoon in the Bahamas. The Rev. Barbara A. Ross performed the marriage ceremony. We are very proud of our daughter and new son. May God bless them with many years of happiness and sweet memories! Dr. Eraina M. Ross-Aseme is the Pastor of Gregg Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, Kansas City, MO and Mr. Patrick Chukwidifu Aseme, R.N. is the 1st gentleman.
Congratulations to Julius Harrison McAllister, III, grandson of Bishop McKinley and Dr. Dorothy Young (3rd District) of Columbus, Ohio and Bishop Julius and Mrs. Joan McAllister, Sr. (8th District) of Jackson, Mississippi and the eldest son of the Reverend Julius and Mrs. Deana Young McAllister, Jr., Pastor and First Lady of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Tallahassee, Florida. In June Julius was inducted into the Tallahassee Chapter of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc. The DYG of America, Inc. firmly stands on the principles of Manly Deeds, Academic Excellence and Servant Leadership
Congratulations to Jennifer Renee Lowe, granddaughter of Bishop McKinley and Dr. Dorothy Young (3rd District) of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Leola Lowe and the late Mr. Edward R. Lowe of Brunswick, Georgia. Jennifer is the eldest daughter of Mr. Ron and Mrs. Karyn Young-Lowe of Alta Loma, California. Jennifer recently graduated from Claremont High School, Claremont, California and will continue her education in the fall at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Jennifer and her family are members of Ward AME Church in Los Angeles.
Congratulations to Stephanie Young, youngest daughter of Bishop McKinley and Dr. Dorothy Young (3rd District). On Monday, July 14th the Office of the House Minority Whip, Steny H. Hoyer D-MD, announced that Stephanie Young, Hoyer's National Press Secretary, will be heading to the White House. Hoyer said, "Stephanie has done a tremendous job as my National Press Secretary. She has been a wonderful resource for the press and a key part of House Democrats' messaging efforts, and I wish her all the best as she heads to the White House." Stephanie will serve as an associate communications director for the White House. She has already worked with President Barack Obama, first as the regional press secretary in Florida for Obama's re-election campaign and again in 2013 as director of constituency press for the presidential inaugural committee. Stephanie is a member of Allen AME Church in Washington, D.C.
Sheiler Stokes earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The project, "Using Communal Power to Bridge the Gap Between Members of the Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church," was defended in July 2014. The Rev. Dr. Sheiler Stokes, pastor of Bethel AME Church, Jeffersonville, Indiana, is the Indiana Conference Coordinator of Women in Ministry.
The Reverend Dorothy Millicent Morris of Georgetown, Guyana, first female Presiding Elder in our denomination observed her 102nd birthday on July 21st.
Mrs. Ella Belle Richardson Couch, widow of the late Reverend W. T. Couch of the Tennessee Annual Conference, Thirteenth Episcopal District, will celebrate her 104th birthday on August 2, 2014. 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.
Presiding Elder Albert D. Tyson, III and AME India Ambassador Robin H. Tyson are privileged and take great delight in announcing the arrival of their Grandson, Albert D. Tyson, V (Quint). He made his entrance into this world at 12:34 p.m., July 16, 2014. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 4oz. His Parents are Albert IV and Shenika. His Aunt is former Connectional YPD Officer, Annjeanette M. Tyson. Everybody is well. Praise the Lord!