Midwest Conference Lay Organization of the AME Church

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MIDWEST CONFERENCE LAY ORGANIZATION

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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2020-2022 Officers

The Midwest Lay (Zoom) Convention was held on August 15, 2020.

The following persons were elected:


President: Melvin L. Jenkins, Esq.

Ward Chapel/Cain Grant AME Church - Kansas City, MO

melvin.jenkins@att.net


First Vice President: Katherine McCraney

St. Paul AME Church - Independence, MO

mccraneyk@prodigy.net


Second Vice President: Jo Lee Brooks

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

JoLeeBrooks73@gmail.com


Third Vice President: Vacant



Corresponding Secretary: Dr. Marilyn Johnson-Farr

Quinn Chapel AME Church - Lincoln, NE

marilyn.johnsonfarr@doane.edu


Recording Secretary: Esther Gilmore

Ward Chapel/Cain-Grant AME Church - Kansas City, MO

egillmore738@gmail.com


Treasurer: Lori Miller

Trinity AME Church - Kansas City, KS

lmiller2263@yahoo.com


Financial Secretary: Darian Jefferson

Gregg Tabernacle AME Church - Kansas City, MO

drnjefferson@yahoo.com


Chaplain: Monice Crawford

St. Mark's AME Church - Topeka, KS

crawfordmk1959@gmail.com


Parliamentarian: Foster Chisholm

St. Mark's AME Church - Topeka, KS

fosterchisholm@yahoo.com


Historiographer: Vacant


(Acting) Director of Lay Activities: Danita Robinson

First AME Church - Kansas City, KS

unmerob@sbcglobal.net


Young Adult Representative: Jessica Byrd

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

missbyrd22@gmail.com


2017 - 2021 Connectional Lay Organization Officers

President: Mrs. Valerie Gary Bell (2nd)

1st Vice-President: Mr. Abednego Matikane Makiti (19th)

2nd Vice-President: Mr. Simon Letsoko (19th)

3rd Vice-President: Mrs. Starr L. Battle (2nd)

Recording-Secretary: Mrs. Doris Bell (13th)

Assist Recording-Secretary: Mrs. Brenda Holland Curry (7th)

Corresponding Secretary: Mrs. Ada L. Groff (5th)

Financial Secretary: Mrs. Lyndia Mayo (3rd)

Treasurer: Mr. Richard L. Bowden (9th)

Chaplain: Mrs. Alice Belden (4th)

Parliamentarian: Vacant

Director of Lay Activities: Ms. Ametta L. Reaves (3rd)

Director of Public Relations: Vacant

Historiographer: Dr. Dorothy Henderson (12th)

Young Adult Representative: Ms. Jamesha J. Williams (7th)


2018 - 2021 Fifth District Lay Organization Officers

Simeon Rhoden, President

Lamar Rose, 1st VP

Judge Patricia Mayberry, 2nd VP

Barbara Moore, 3rd VP

Nixietta Williams, Recording Sec.

Jackie Payton, Asst. Rec. Sec.

Frances Settles, Corresponding Sec.

Florette Hampton, Treasurer

Jacqueline Brown, Financial Sec.

Marilyn Lovelace-Grant, Dir. of Lay Activities/Adviser

Faye Brown, Dir. of Public Relations

Jene'l Sconier, Chaplain

Dr. Verda Bradley, Historiographer

Monice Crawford, Parliamentarian

Cassandra Marshall, Young Adult Rep.


5th District Lay Delegation to St. Louis, Mo
June 2021. (Election Year)
Melvin Jenkins, Esq., President
Jo Lee Brooks
Foster Chisholm
Lori Miller
Darian Jefferson
Esther Gillmore
Jessica Byrd, YAR

Alternates
Carolyn Williams Campbell
Katherine McCraney
Tim Goff