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QUADRENNIAL REPORTOF THE ELEVENTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICTTO THE FIFTIETH GENERAL CONFERENCEAFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH“Exalting Christ Expanding His Church Empowering His People”July 2012 – july 2016Philadelphia, PABishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr.Presiding PrelateMrs. Connie Speights RichardsonEpiscopal SupervisorFLORIDA * CENTRAL * SOUTH * WEST COAST * EAST * BAHAMAS

Bishop Adam J. and Mrs. Connie Speights Richardson

THE SALUTATIONBy God's grace, and the goodwill of the delegation of the 46th General Conference, it has been twodecades since Mrs. Richardson and I have walked in the often difficult terrain of episcopal ministry. Thechallenges (and sometimes dangers) have also been glorious opportunities of service, for which we giveour gracious God glory and praise!One such opportunity was the assignment to serve The "Electrifying Eleventh" Episcopal District and toreturn to the community of our birth. It is extraordinary that we get to lead a mighty delegation into theHistoric 50th General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. We are proud to have thisopportunity, and grateful that God has blessed our effort.Novelist Thomas Clayton Wolf popularized the expression "You can't go home again" in a novelpublished two years after his death in 1938. Being assigned to the Eleventh District, Mrs. Richardson andI not only returned to a District of our former service in the pastorate, but also to the place of our birthand upbringing. We are grateful for the gracious and enthusiastic reception of the people of Florida andthe Bahamas. Their cooperation has been constant; their encouragement is very much appreciated.We recognize that the Eleventh District has flourished under strong leadership since its inception, thatwe stand on the shoulders of our predecessors in episcopal ministry. Each Episcopal Team hascontributed significantly to the work of the Kingdom of God and of African Methodism. It was fortuitousthat we would be at the helm during its Sesquicentennial year.At the beginning of our sojourn, we asked the question: "What would we do if we knew we could notfail?" The reply was immediate: "We would dare to dream the big dream and set no limits on ourimagination. Our only caution would be to please and honor God and to do nothing to embarrass theKingdom, or to stymie the Mission, or to lose the luster of the great Gospel of Christ." In the Eleventh,the vision for the work became a reality.Within these pages, the reader will doubtless see the energy, zeal and creativity for Christian ministry inmuch of its variety: intentional emphasis on Ministries to Youths and Young Adults through thelegendary Christian Education Youth and Leadership Congress, and Black Heritage Weekend sponsoredby the Women's Missionary Society (attracting youths in the thousands); the splendid engagement withyouths through the Debutante and Masters Commission; involving youths in virtually every Districtworship experience; and seeing YPDers engaged in significant missionary endeavor in the Bahamas. Addto these the strategy for continuing education through the "School of the Shepherds," with strongpreaching and teaching from some of the best in the nation. Add to these a commitment to civic andpolitical engagement through AME Day at the Capitol and Voter Engagement training and initiatives.Add to these a powerful Men's Ministry through the standard-setting Sons of Allen; the intentionalinclusion of Women in Ministry; the certification of working Evangelists; and a vigilant Health Task Force.Add to these the serious financial support for higher education, especially for Edward Waters College,Wilberforce, Turner Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center, and considerable generosity inscholarships for theological education. Add to these the support for the Nehemiah Ministry, beingintentional about encouraging smaller congregations with grants for maintaining houses of worship.Then a celebration of a great 150 year history featuring the famed 'Marching 100' band of Florida A&MUniversity. Even so, the "Best is Yet to Come!"2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 1

TABLE OF CONTENTSThe Salutation . 1Table of Contents . . . . 2In Memoriam . . . .3Grateful to the Superannuates . . .6The Eleventh District Pulpit . .7The Component Reports . . .12-26Women's Missionary SocietyYoung People's DivisionLay OrganizationClergy SpousesDebutante and Masters CommissionSons of AllenWomen in MinistryEvangelismChristian EducationHealth Task ForceTheological ScholarshipsNehemiah MinistryMusic (MCAM)Social ActionVoter EngagementA Statistical Summary . . .27The Disciplinary Questions . . .28Dedications, Cornerstones and Mortgage Burnings . .312012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 2

IN MEMORIAMConnectional20142013Bishop Sarah Frances Davis (126)Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson (92)126th Elected and Consecrated BishopPresident, AMEC Council of BishopsVice President, World Methodist CouncilPresiding Prelate, 16th Episcopal DistrictRetired, African Methodist Episcopal ChurchThe Rev. Dr. Anderson ToddRetired General OfficerMrs. Vida Harris BrightFormer Supervisor, African Methodist Episcopal ChurchthWidow of the 79 Bishop of the AME Church,Bishop John D. BrightMrs. Eileen WarnerThird Vice President, Connectional Lay OrganizationAfrican Methodist Episcopal ChurchBethel, Tallahassee, Florida2015“In Loving Memory of The Emanuel Nine”The Honorable Rev. Clementa PinckneyThe Reverend Dr. Daniel “Super” SimmonsSouth Carolina State SenatorPastor, Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SCThe Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Ms. Cynthia Hurd, Mr. Tywanza Sanders,Mrs. Ethel Lance, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Mrs. Myra Thompson, Ms. Susie Johnson2016The Reverend Dr. Cecil Wayne Cone, Sr.Scholar/Theologian, Preacher/Pastor, Dean, Former President of EWCThe Reverend Larnie G. Horton, Sr.,Retired Presiding Elder, Western North Carolina Annual ConferenceMr. Frank David BrownSpouse of General Officer Dr. Teresa Fry-BrownEcumenical2013Bishop Cecil BishopthRetired Senior Bishop, 78 Bishop, AME Zion ChurchThe Rev. Dr. Arthur Timothy JonesFlorida Mass ChoirFounder/Senior Pastor, Bible Based FellowshipTampa, FloridaBishop Roy Anderson Holmesnd92 Bishop, AME Zion ChurchBishop James E. McCoyth94 Bishop, AME Zion Church2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTNationalMrs. Evelyn Gibson LoweryCivil Rights Activist/SupporterWife of Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, SCLCPage 3

Bishop Thomas Lanier Hoyt, Jr.Dr. Julia Brogdon PurnellSenior Bishop, 48 Bishop, CME ChurchPast President, Links, Inc.The Rev. Dr. Mack King CarterDr. Maya AngelouScholar, Preacher, TeacherPastor Emeritus, New Mt. Olive Baptist ChurchPoet, Essayist, Author, Educatorth2015The Honorable Julian BondCivil Rights ICONMr. Thomas H. Poole, Sr.Florida Champion of Civil RightsThe Reverend Otis L. Blackshear, Sr.Greater Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Reverend Dr. Gardner Calvin TaylorRetired Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of ChristDistinguished PreacherCivil Rights ActivistThe Reverend Dr. Gregory Allen GroomesProfessor, Campus Minister Allen UniversityConferencesFLORIDA CONFERENCE2012The Rev. Dozier J. BalloonThe Rev. Noah Parker2013The Rev. Estella McGriffThe Rev. Frederick WhiteThe Rev. Emmon F. SmithMrs. Queen Esther BrownThe Rev. Dorothy Bradley HillThe Rev. W.W. GriffinThe Rev. Hugh Norris LunanCENTRAL CONFERENCE2012The Rev. Andrew HaywoodThe Rev. Louis LatimerThe Rev. Kelvin ButlerThe Rev. Clarence S. Strong2013The Rev. Tyrone WheelerThe Rev. Loureen Woodson2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORT2014The Evelyn J. CorbinThe Rev. Willie J. BrooksDeaconess Estella B. HaganMrs. Gussie Long BruceThe Rev. Leon SingletonMrs. Mamie Martin BrownMr. Harry K. Holt2015The Rev. Charlie DilworthThe Rev. Jerome GoodmanThe Rev. Lorenzo McGillThe Rev. Sharon SmithThe Rev. Annette WalkerDr. Mildred J. Allen JacksonSister Bettye W. McGlocktonSister Yvonne GatsonSister Emma Johnson2016Sister Bessie LeeBro. Namon Merritt, Sr.Bro. Robert PenderDr. Elliott TreadwellThe Rev. Willie E. HaganThe Rev. Johnny B. StallworthThe Rev. Melvin Byrd, Sr.The Rev. Thomas FultonThe Rev. Leonard Jefferson201520142016The Rev. Jerome AndrewsMrs. Beulah Glover DavisThe Rev. Cato L. Mott, Sr.The Rev. Carl F. BrinkleyThe Rev. James SimonSister Daisy BurneyPage 4

SOUTH CONFERENCE2012The Rev. Raymond G. HeastieThe Rev. Isaac F. MitchellThe Rev. Benny JohnsonThe Rev. Sandra JacksonThe Rev. Maxine FordThe Rev. Nora Simmons2013The Rev. C. E. Jenkins, Sr.The Rev. Isaac S. JonesThe Rev. Bettye WhiteWEST COAST CONFERENCE2012The Rev. Raleigh Allen, IIIThe Rev. Charles WalkerThe Rev. Lynwood CliattThe Rev. John RutledgeDr. Henrietta AttlesSis. Dorothy Russ2013The Rev. Leighwynn HowellEAST CONFERENCE20122013The Rev. Maxine FordSis. Dorothy BlakeSis. Lucille Davis Sneed2014Mrs. Evelyn Smith AskiewDr. Alice E. MooreThe Rev. Lorenzo A.RobinsonMrs. Alberta Lee JohnsonThe Rev. James McFaddenMrs. Margaret McFaddenBro. Herbert H. BassettSis. Brenda PostellSis. Jessie Wells2014The Rev. Franklin B. LemonMrs. Bettye J. DenmarkThe Rev. Alton Javon CenterMs. Asia Iman RobinsonMrs. Doshia ThompsonMrs. Ruth Harvey BrownMs. Ann Maria Ford2015The Rev. Julian HallThe Rev. Robert FranklinThe Rev. Mary JohnsonThe Rev. Milton E. RolleSister Gloria HaugabrookBro. Bazzie Odom20162015The Rev. Charlie F. RawlsThe Rev. Benjamin McKinneyThe Rev. James SimonThe Rev. Bernard Smith2016The Rev. Pernell GordonThe Rev. Frederick D. WallaceThe Rev. Martha Williams2015The Rev. Lee FordThe Rev. Alton JonesThe Rev. James L. SmithThe Rev. Robert PostellThe Rev. Mose Thomas20162012201420152013The Rev. Herman ThompsonMrs. Florence Louise GibsonSister Rebecca MajorSister Jacqueline Forbes2014The Rev. Wilbur P. JacksonThe Rev. Adrian SmithSister Annie McBrideBAHAMAS CONFERENCE20162012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 5

WE ARE GRATEFULTO THE SUPERANNUATES2012 - 20162012FloridaFloridaThe Rev. Franklin PompeyCentralThe Rev. Willie BranchThe Rev. Mary D. MyrickCentralThe Rev. Dennis Luther BellThe Rev. Susie Johnson HarrisThe Rev. Rudolph WilsonSouthThe Rev. Thomas HigginbothamWest CoastWest CoastThe Rev. Esther EvaThe Rev. Benjamin McKinneyThe Rev. Marcus BurkeEastThe Rev. Dr. William I. SimmonsEastThe Rev. Jimmy Bobby KeelThe Rev. Ruby Nell LoweThe Rev. Charles WrightBahamas20132014BahamasSouthThe Rev. Philip JohnsFloridaThe Rev. Mary Williams RobinsonWest CoastThe Rev. Verdell C. FaysonThe Rev. Beverly Hill LaneCentralThe Rev. Josephine Russ PetersonThe Rev. Vernessa WatsonThe Rev. Darrell Whiteside2015FloridaThe Rev. Ernest WashingtonCentralThe Rev. Willie D. YoungThe Rev. Roger Armstead2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTEastThe Rev. F.D. Richardson, Jr.BahamasPage 6

THE ELEVENTH DISTRICT PULPITBishop John Hurst Adams (87)Bishop Frank Curtis Cummings (95)Bishop Philip Robert Cousin, Sr. (96)Bishop John Richard Bryant (106)Bishop Robert Vaughn Webster (110)Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland )114)Bishop Richard Franklin Norris (116)Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram (118)Bishop Wilfred Jacobus Messiah (120)Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry (122)Bishop James Levert Davis (123)Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green (125)Bishop E. Earl McCloud (127)Bishop Jeffery Nathaniel Leath (128)Bishop John Franklin White, Sr. (130)Bishop Clement Willie Fugh (131)Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson (132)Bishop Dennis V. ProctorAlabama-Florida Episcopal DistrictAfrican Methodist Episcopal Zion ChurchBishop Teresa E. SnortonFifth Episcopal DistrictChristian Methodist Episcopal ChurchDr. George Francis FlowersDr. Jerome V. HarrisDr. Calvin SydnorDr. Jeffery Bernard CooperDr. Teresa L. Fry BrownBishop Victor Tyrone CurryNew Birth Baptist ChurchMiami, FloridaBishop J. Delano EllisPentecostal Church of ChristCleveland, OhioBishop Rudolph Waldo McKissick, Sr.Bethel Baptist Institutional (Emeritus)Jacksonville, FloridaBishop Rudolph Waldo McKissick, Jr.Bethel Baptist InstitutionalJacksonville, FloridaBishop Walter Scott ThomasNew Psalmist Baptist ChurchBaltimore, MarylandBishop Derek T. TriplettHope Fellowship ChurchDaytona Beach, FloridaBishop W. Oshea GrangerMount Calvary Baptist ChurchWest Palm Beach, FLMs. Sybrina FultonMother of Trayvon MartinMrs. Jennifer PinckneyWife of Senator Clementa PinckneyDr. Ernest FerrellSt. Mary Primitive Baptist ChurchTallahassee, FloridaThe Rev. Walter Thomas RichardsonSweet Home Baptist Church (Emeritus)Perrine, FloridaDr. R. B. HolmesBethel Missionary Baptist ChurchTallahassee, FloridaDr. Robert Smith, Jr.Beeson Seminary, Samford UniversityBirmingham, AlabamaThe Rev. William H. Lamar, IVMetropolitan AME ChurchWashington, DCThe Rev. Matthew Lawrence WatleyReid Temple AME Church (Exec. Pastor)Glenn Dale, Maryland2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 7

Dr. Kenneth MarcusTurner Chapel AME ChurchMarietta, GeorgiaDr. William D. WatleySt. Philip AME ChurchAtlanta, GeorgiaDr. Carolyn A. McCraryInterdenominational Theological CenterAtlanta, GeorgiaDr. Maurice WatsonMetropolitan Baptist ChurchWashington, DCDr. AnneMarie MingoPennsylvania State UniversityState College, PennsylvaniaDr. Jasper W. Williams, Jr.Salem Bible ChurchAtlanta, GeorgiaDr. Otis Moss, Jr.Olivet Institutional Baptist Church (Emeritus)Cleveland, OhioDr. Bernard C. YatesZion Hope Primitive ChurchPensacola, FloridaDr. Robert C. StanleyHopewell Missionary Baptist ChurchPompano Beach, FloridaDr. Wayne G. ThompsonFirst Institutional Baptist ChurchSt. Petersburg, FloridaDr. John EvansFriendship Missionary Baptist ChurchSt Petersburg, FloridaThe Rev. Sharon RileyAgape Perfecting PraiseOrlando, Florida2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 8

BISHOP’S AWARD2012Florida ConferenceCentral ConferenceSouth ConferenceWest Coast ConferenceEast ConferenceBahamas ConferenceMr. Benjamin Crump, Esq.Mr. William E. JacksonDr. Paul C. MocombeMr. David M. Smith, Jr.Dr. Gwenuel W. MingoMr. Brian Brown,Mr. William SaundersMr. Roland KingMr. Rolando Darville2013Florida ConferenceBusinessman and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceCentral ConferenceBusinessman and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceSouth ConferenceBusinessman and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceWest Coast ConferenceBusinessman and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceEast ConferenceBusinessman and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceBahamas ConferenceBusinessman and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceMr. Gregg B. GreenDr. Elmer JenkinsMr. Bruce D. BuggsMr. Joe C. RobinsonMr. Lee C. JayMr. Roderick BeasleyMr. Joe N. Rodman, Sr.Mr. Jordan J. CorbettMr. Abe AlexanderMr. Danny GrantMr. Berkeley WilliamsonInspector Mario Murphy2014Florida ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceCentral ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceSouth ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceWest Coast ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceEast ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceBahamas ConferenceBusiness and Professional Service2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTMr. Eric ShieldsDr. Robert F. FlakeMr. Rufus J. JohnsonMr. Larry WilliamsMr. Bobby R. Henry, Sr.Sen. Christopher L. SmithMr. James W. AaronMr. Henry K. BlydenThe Rev. Leslie WashingtonMr. Craig Gibbs, Esq.Mr. James M. Williams, Sr.Page 9

2015Florida ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceCentral ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceSouth ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceWest Coast ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceEast ConferenceBusiness and Professional ServiceExtraordinary Community ServiceBahamas ConferenceBusiness and Professional Service2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTMr. John W. LoveMr. Johnnie Hill, Jr.Mr. Robert L. Jordan, Jr.Mr. Wilbert J. BryantMr. Willie L. CarpenterMr. Henry L. GrahamMr. Larry J. Newsome, Sr.Mr. Patrick CarnegieThe Rev. Mark L. GriffinBro. Tommy Randolph, MDBro. Judson F. Eneas, MDPage 10

inclusion2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 11

WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETYEpiscopal SupervisorEpiscopal PresidentEpiscopal DistrictTotal MembershipDR. CONNIE SPEIGHTS RICHARDSONMRS. BETTYE D. BRYANTELEVENTH5,966During the 2012-2016 Quadrennial the 11th Episcopal District missionaries addressed the Millennium goals fromthe grassroots levels through impacting legislation affecting women, children and families across the breadth anddepth of Florida and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Our Episcopal District theme is "Intentional AboutMinistry-Generation to Generation."The District WMS activities focused on three specific goals:1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger2. Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women3. Good Health and Well-BeingThrough activities on all levels nearly 6000 missionaries sponsored, advocated, contributed, implemented, anddesigned intergenerational programs, “TRANSFORMING LIVES, BUILDING COMMUNITIES AND IMPACTING THEWORLD. “The high profile programs of greatest impact included:The Florida Children’s Advocacy Days/Florida Impact, an annual event involving ecumenical collaborationsaddressing poverty and hunger.The Black Women’s Agenda, a partnership andcollaboration with AARP other women’s organizationspresenting “Because We Care: African AmericanWomen Caregivers and Their Families.The Dorothy Adams Peck Leadership Institute, aprogram to identify and train emerging leaders andprovide continuing education for seasoned leaders.The Annual Conference Pinning Ceremony, formallywelcoming new members into local societies.2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 12

THE YOUNG PEOPLE’SDIVISION (YPD)The 29th Annual Black Heritage Weekend continued its rich legacy from Black Heritage weekends past. Gearedaround the theme, “We are What’s Trending,” over 3000 YPDers converged on the campus of Edward WatersCollege to exhibit their talents, make new friends, and most importantly, praise God. Friday night, the Rev.Octavius L. Smith of Allen Chapel, Sanford encouraged the young people to “Never Give Up, No Matter What.”During the Sankofa Worship Experience, the Rev. Stephen A. Green preached on the topic, “I Need a Break.”34 members of the 11th Episcopal District culminated YPD Self Denial Week in an unusual and rewarding way. OnFriday, May 13, YPDers board a cruise ship and sailed to Nassau Bahamas. Upon our arrival into theCommonwealth of the Bahamas and dressed in our #iServe t-shirts, we were transported to the Dorcus, Adams,Young Safe House. YPDers planted shrubs, painted the inside and outside of the house, shared time and gifts withthe residents. Following a day of mission work we were joined by 30 Bahamian YPDers for a fun-filled beachpicnic.Our Sunday morning worship service was onboard the ship. Presiding Elder Elizabeth Yates preached on the topic:“Service is Worship.”2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 13

LAY ORGANIZATIONBrother Charlie Nichols, President"Laity Fulfilling The Great Commission"Scriptural References: Matthew 28:16-20Conference areas:Florida, West Coast, Central, South, East and BahamasNumber of Churches:2013 - 4002014 - 4042015 - 406Number of Organized Lay Organizations:2013 - 3542014 - 3452015 - 357Number of Delegates to the 2015 Biennial:91Workshops and Trainings:2013 - 62014 -7History of the Connectional Lay OrganizationThe Office of Secretary: Taking Note of the Lay OrganizationThe Eleventh Episcopal District Lay Organization HistoryWhat Would You Do? (Being Knowledgeable Enough to Act)What's Going on in Our Church?Medical Information: Emergency PreparednessQuarterly Conference: Been Lately?Jeopardy Based Review: How .much Do You Know?Using Technology to Grow Your OrganizationTelling Our Story: Our Legacy - End of Life Decisions2015 - 10The membership at workACCOMPLISHMENTS: Achieved, first time in the history of the District, conducted an Annual Convention on the campus of EdwardWaters College. Achieved the 14 objectives of the District Lay Organization Constitution & By-Laws. Achieved training for the members of the District at the Annual Lay Retreat. Achieved an “Empowerment for Social Justice” Program during our Laura P. Robinson Lay BenevolenceActivities, Edward Waters College and the Jacksonville Community.Press Conference after the Massacre of Emanuel 9,Jacksonville, followed by a Prayer Vigil.2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTThe Eleventh District Lay Organization welcomesWalter Scott ‘s brother and sister-in-law as ourWednesday speaker. Walter Scott was killed inNorth Charleston, SC by a local policemanPage 14

CLERGY FAMILY ORGANIZATIONThe clergy family organization consists of over 200 spouses of ordained ministers and pastors in theeleventh district. The goal of the CFO is to provideactivities focused on strengthening and sustaining theclergy family. This goal is achieved through the provisionof workshops and other activities at episcopal district andconference meetings. In addition, fellowship luncheonswere held during each annual conference. This provideda special time for the clergy and their spouses to bondwith each other while receiving words of wisdom fromour episcopal leaders.In December 2015, the eleventh district hosted theCONN-M-SWAWO plus PKs annual leadership retreat inJacksonville, Florida. This event was well attended andproved to be inspirational to all. Rev. Gregory Gayreceived the first place award for the connectional FirstGentlemen contest in June 2015. The number ofconnectional members, from the eleventh district,increased from 70 to 181 resulting in the districtreceiving the first place award for the mostmemberships. The PK scholarship book award waspresented to Deja Jackson (2015), Marvin Frank CurtisZanders (2014) and Tyler Hansberry (2012).The Eleventh district clergy spouses also provided support to students attending Edward Waters Collegeby contributing school supplies and other items needed to support a successful school year.2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 15

CHRISTIAN DEBUTANTES AND MASTERSSharon J. Sheffield11th District CommissionerDistrict HighlightsThe Electrifying Eleventh District views CDMC as a component of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is one ofpriority and dignity.Our membership is 2500 which include, young people, presiding elders, pastors, and lay persons.Banquets were held to afford youth the opportunity for noteworthy fellowship, to display their talents andacknowledge their achievements in an atmosphere of devotion and comradery. Adult men serve as cocommissioners as role models for our young men, in rehearsals etc.In 2015, we presented at the Christian Education Congress in A Night of Elegance, Poise and Class. 363 youngpeople participated. Our goal is to increase our numbers annually and increase collaboration within otherEpiscopal Districts.Highlights include:Mandated community service hoursStewardship & MeChurch EtiquetteHow to Dress and Act For Job InterviewsHow To Write A ResumeBibles engraved and given to Debutantes and Masters who have served as Allenites & Sub-debutantes &Sub-masters, upon participating Debutantes & Masters.“Jeopardy DMC” workshopFuture plans/thoughts:We are so grateful to Almighty God for the success He has allowed us to envision through CDMC.Thanks also to Bishop & Mrs. Adam Jefferson Richardson for the opportunity to serve. A huge thanks toCommissioners Carolyn Hill, Teresa Johnson, Kay Copeland, Novella Jones, Esther Snowden, Patricia Shehee,Winifred Williams, Felisha Dickey, Nellie Alexander, Sarah Dixon and Eleanor Dixon, District Local Commissioners,Parents and especially our youth participants who make us proud. To God be the glory!2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 16

SONS OF ALLEN MEN’S MINISTRYThe Rev. Kenny Irby, CoordinatorUnder the inspired leadership of Bishop A. J. Richardson, Jr., the Sonsof Allen reached new heights of service. Goals for ministry andfellowship were reached throughout the District. This spring, wegathered for the 15th Annual SOA Retreat in Miami Gardens. Worshipand teaching sessions became expressions of vigilance. We marchedagainst gun violence.The Ministry provides security and parking lot oversight at all Districtevents. Mentoring is integrally related to the spiritual, educational andphysical development at young people. The men of SOA are "the headand not the tail" and with the support of the Richardson Team, themen of SOA are Bold, Brave and Believable leaders.For eight years, Men’s ministry in the 11th District has made use of available technology. Outreach ministryincludes not only the historic Angel Tree, but also an innovative partnership with the Department of JuvenileJustice in Florida, training over 150 active DJJ Chaplains and a thorough Aftercare network. Scouting has beenreinvigorated. The EEDSOA Community Development Corporation has been established as a 501(c)(3) entity.The Aftercare and Scouting programs take full advantage of the genius of our Connectional system by providingpositive alternatives for young men. Our partnerships are intended to reduce the over-representation of minorityyouths in the juvenile justice system and to encourage them to be more “than conquerors” ---responsible,productive citizens. College Scholarships were awarded in the amount of 7,000. For the first time, a Unit of SOAwas established in the Bahamas.The Sons of Allen ministry has flourished with an effective succession of leaders: the Rev. Henry E. Green, Jr. is acandidate for a General Officership; and the Rev. Carlton Taylor serves as presiding elder. The Revs. Kenneth F.Irby, and Rev. Ron Rawls, Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator respectively, are credited with building aneffective partnership between clergy and lay leaders. They will pass the baton of leadership after the GeneralConference.We are grateful to Bishop & Mother Connie Richardson. We pray God’s peace upon them.Humbly Submitted,KRev. Kenny Irby2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 17

WOMEN IN MINISTRYToGod be the Glory for another Quadrennial working alongside thewonderful women in ministry of the Electrifying Eleventh Episcopal Districtunder the leadership of a very supportive team, Bishop Adam JeffersonRichardson, Jr. and Supervisor Mrs. Connie Speights Richardson. We arethankful for a supportive Bishop who, from his being assigned to the Eleventh,placed WIM on the Annual Conferences agenda which has enabled WIM to plana day dedicated to the empowerment of WIM. Activities have includedworkshops, luncheons and fellowship. This Quadrennial was kicked off with areception honoring twelve women in ministry using the theme of our district,Intentional about Ministry – Generation to Generation, from each of the sixconferences one seasoned woman in ministry and one young woman inministry was honored for their work within. During this Quadrennial, wehonored those who paved the way for us on our district, our Retired Presiding Elders and past Episcopal DistrictWIM President as well as those who had given the church their service before and after their retirement. Ourconnectional theme, “Positioned to Lead – Take Thou Authority”, was clear as we celebrated the elevation of twonew elders, Presiding Elder Valarie J. Walker and Presiding Elder Joyce J. Moore to work alongside PresidingElizabeth E. Yates. Under Bishop Richardson’s leadership we have witness the elevation of more Women inMinistry to larger congregations, placement on committees within the annual conferences and on the districtlevel. The Women in Ministry continue to support the projects within their conferences: S.O.S. (Supporting ourSisters) where WIM gather for worship once a quarter to support a sister in a small congregation. All sixconferences continue to gather and distribute items to women and children shelters around the District. WIMcontinue to support our Episcopal project the Harbor House located in Orlando, Florida where family membersare allowed to live free while love ones are being treated at the nearby hospital. During this Quadrennial a time oflearning was set aside, along with workshops on self-care, our minds, body and spirit at each Episcopal meeting.To God be the glory for all God has allowed us to do and especially for the growth we have witnessed in WIM, 481and growing. And the work is still AllDivine.The Reverend Bettye Watson11th Episcopal District WIM President2012 – 2016 QUADRENNIAL REPORTPage 18

EVANGELISM11th Episcopal District Evangelism TeamDuring the last Quadrennial the Evangelism Team of the 11th Episcopal District has valued from the leadership ofBishop Richardson and expanded its Evangelism Outreach efforts. We implemented the 11th Episcopal DistrictEvangelism Conference to provide inspiration and training for clergy leaders and lay members at all levels of thechurch. We have registered and equipped over 850 persons through the conferences in a variety of Evangelismareas. The 11th District Evangelism team has provided Training in every conference in the following area:Discipleship Making, Street Ministry, Response Team Training, Creating an Evangelism Atmosphere, PracticalEvangelism Strategies, and Effective Evangelistic Prayer. Thanks to the efforts of Evangelism leaders like PresidingElder Mary Robinson, Presiding Elder Carlton Taylor, Presiding Elder Lee Plummer, and Conference Director Rev.Vivian Mitchell-Grant, we have implemented training programs across the entire Florida Conference. Our teamhas assisted more than 135 young people in their response to the Lord while attending episcopal district worshipevents.The 11th District Evangelism Team has sent a team to and provided involvement at every level of theConnectional Evangelism Seminar. Our team

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