The Passing of Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson

The Passing of Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson

Statement on the Recent Abduction of Young Women in Nigeria


Jeffrey N. Leath, 128th Bishop, Acting President

May 7, 2014

The African Methodist Episcopal Church is intensely concerned about almost 300 girls and women who were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok (northeastern Nigeria) several weeks ago. They have not been located, and their captors have not been apprehended. While we are experiencing many emotions, from outrage to grief, we are united in prayer and loving concern for these young women, their families and those who live in insecure communities.

We support the efforts of President Obama, other world leaders, and the international community in seeking the return of those abducted. We join the cry, “Bring Our Daughters Back!” In our tradition of advocacy for liberation and reconciliation, we affirm the importance of a world order where all people may live in peace. We also assert that human trafficking and gender based violence are unacceptable as God has endowed all of humanity with intrinsic value.

Many will pause this Sunday to honor their mothers and womanhood. Let us also dedicate some time to pray for these, and others, who are victimized around the world. Keep torches of hope burning in our faith community!


Gospel Service at Camp Marmal Afghanistan

photo of Captain Samuel D. Siebo

Captain Samuel D. Siebo


Led by U.S. Army Active Duty Chaplain (Captain) Samuel D. Siebo of the 7th Episcopal District, the only AME Chaplain currently serving in Afghanistan, the Gospel Service at Camp Marmal has grown to exceed its designated chapel space, established a Wedesday evening Bible Study and a Friday evening prayer meeting to meet the spiritual needs of the troops, Department of Defense civilians and U.S. Contractors in his Area of Operation. The Gospel service under Chaplain Siebo’s leadership has established a Gospel Choir, Praise and Mime Dance teams.

Chaplain Siebo’s Gospel Service brought together over 200 Soldiers and civilians from across Camp Marmal International Community in a Grand Easter Gospel Musical Cantata and Worship Service, on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Because of the number of people, the Easter service could not be held at the chapel, instead the service was moved to the largest tent on the Forward Operating Base (FOB). The 2000 hours Gospel Service will now be held in the large tent due to the size of the congregation.

To God be the glory, great things he hath done!

CH (CPT) (OF-2) Samuel D. Siebo
Camp Marmal, AFG


Fall 2014 Connectional Lay Executive Board Meeting

November 6 – 9, 2014
Charleston, SC


Spring 2014 Connectional Lay Executive Board Meeting

April 24 - 26, 2014 Sheraton Gunter Hotel 205 E. Houston Street San Antonio, TX 78205 Direct Phone: 210-227-3241 Reservations: 888-999-2089 (Ask for AME Church Rate: $139 Single/Double)