Midwest Conference Lay Organization of the AME Church



The organized lay movement dates back to the 1912 General Conference, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri. The Lay Organization is one of the newest auxiliaries in our church relative to our total years of existence. The Lay Organization was formed as a means of providing the laity of the church an official voice within our great Zion and has contributed immeasurably to the passage of some of the most constructive, progressive and far-reaching legislation which has been enacted into law by our Zion. It is charged with the task of being the training and teaching arm of our Church.

Our Zion is a worldwide Church and welcomes all nationalities, races and genders. We are divided into 20 Episcopal Districts. Each district is further divided into conferences. The Fifth Episcopal District, of which we are a part, is geographically the largest within our Zion and is divided into six conferences. The Midwest Conference was created on July 10, 2008 when the 48th General Session of our Zion voted to combine two historic conferences – The Northwest Missouri and the Kansas/Nebraska Conferences. While other auxiliaries unofficially merged prior to this historic session, the Lay Organizations of both former conferences fought side-by-side against the merger until the very end. This delayed the official organizing of the Midwest Conference Lay Organization until January 10, 2009 when elections were held at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. The first officers of this newly formed conference were:

Lugene Hill, Conference President
Rosie L. Horn, First Vice-President
Dianna Maddix, Second Vice-President
Phyllis A. Kitchen, Third Vice-President
Barbara Cooper, Recording Secretary
Kay Davis, Assistant Recording Secretary
Sharon Owens- Bradford, Corresponding Secretary
Margaret Riley, Treasurer
Darian Jefferson, Financial Secretary
Donald Bratton, Chaplain
Cedric Patton, Historiographer
Beverly Workcuff, Parliamentarian
Thelma Williams, Director of Lay Activities (DOLA)
Sharon Burnett, Director of Public Relations
Kanika Calvin, Young Adult Representative

Bishop John R. Bryant, Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and architect of the merger, believed that we would be stronger and more effective together than apart.

It has been our sincere desire to prove the wisdom of Bishop Bryant’s prophetic belief, and to carry it on into the days of our present bishop, Bishop Clement W. Fugh, Fifth Episcopal District Presiding Prelate. As we now are one, seeking to truly fulfill our mission of training the laity of our great Zion with clergy, in unity! Pray for us. Join us.

Our Brief History

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2022-2024 Officers

The 14th Midwest Lay Convention was held on June 2-3, 2022 via Zoom.

The following persons were elected:

President: JoLee Brooks

Allen-St. John  AME Church - Kansas City, MO


First Vice President: Barbara Cooper

St. Paul AME Church - Wichita, KS


Second Vice President: Jessica Byrd

Allen-St. John AME Church, Kansas City, MO


Corresponding Secretary: Dr. Marilyn Johnson-Farr
Quinn Chapel AME Church, Lincoln, NE


Recording Secretary: LaTasha Simpson

Allen-St. John AME Church, Kansas City, MO


Treasurer: Lori Miller

Trinity AME Church - Kansas City, KS


Financial Secretary: Darian Jefferson

Gregg Tabernacle AME Church - Kansas City, MO


Chaplain: Monice Crawford

St. Mark's AME Church - Topeka, KS


Parliamentarian: Foster Chisholm

St. Mark's AME Church - Topeka, KS


Historiographer: Vacant

Director of Lay Activities: Danita Robinson

First AME Church - Kansas City, KS


Young Adult Representative: Vacant

2021 - 2023 Connectional Lay Organization Officers

Mitikane Mikiti, President
Dorothy Henderson, 1st Vice President
Simon Letsoko, 2nd Vice President
Love Aaron, 3rd Vice President
Kathy Drayton, Treasurer
Brenda Holland Curry, Recording Secretary
Patricia Wright, Director of Lay Activities
Dianne Battle, Public Relations

2021 - 2025 Fifth District Lay Organization Officers

Lamar Rose, President

Judge Patricia Mayberry, 1st Vice President

Jackie Payton, Recording Secretary

Frances Settles, Corresponding Secretary

Florette Hampton, Financial Secretary

Judith Bradley, Treasurer

Jenel Sconier, Chaplain

Monice Crawford, Parliamentarian

Faye Brown, Director of Lay Activities

Pamela Williams, Director of Public Relations

Dallas Richardson, Young Adult Representative

Lay Delegation to General Conference 2021