General Secretary

500 8th Avenue South • Nashville, TN 37203
Phone (615) 254-0911 • Fax (615) 254-0912


Jeffery B. Cooper is a native of Savannah, GA and a lifelong member of St. Phillip AME church, the Mother Church of African Methodism in the State of Georgia.

Rev. Cooper attended and graduated from the public schools of Savannah, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. He holds an M.A. degree in Practical Theology from Regent University School of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Graduate Theological Seminary. Rev. Cooper holds a certificate in theology from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and has done further study at the University Of Georgia School Of Law and Emory’s Candler School of Theology.


Rev. Cooper received his first pastoral charge while a student at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. This assignment was to Siloam A.M.E. Church in Siloam, Georgia from 1978-79. He then served as pastor at St. Luke/Nimno A.M.E. Church in Athens, Georgia, in the Augusta Conference from 1979-80. In December of 1980, Rev. Cooper was sent to Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Athens, Georgia. During his tenure the church membership grew, the mortgage was burned, renovations were made to all church property including the 163 Bethel Church Homes Housing Apartments, and the Annual Conference was hosted. Rev. Cooper also served as secretary to the Augusta Georgia Annual Conference and, following the passing of Presiding Elder J. F. Booker, for a brief period served as acting Presiding Elder.

In June of 1988, Trinity A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, Georgia received Rev. Cooper as its 36th Pastor. During his 24 year tenure, the membership grew, the church property was renovated, a one million dollar state of the art Day care center was built, s host of sons and daughters accepted the call to preach and a house valued at $200k was purchased and converted into an enrichment center for the church and community.

Rev. Cooper has served as a consultant to the United States Central Intelligence Agency Personnel Department, a member of the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (1984-1988), and as the Assistant Director of Admissions / Director of Minority Admissions at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (1984-1995). He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the Board of Trustees for the Sixth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. Rev. Cooper served as secretary of the Augusta Georgia Annual Conference (1981-1988). Rev. Cooper has served as a member of the Board of Examiners of the Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference as well as a member of the Atlanta North Georgia Conference Board of Trustees. Rev. Cooper has served as Chair of the Credentials committee for the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church (2004 & 2008). Rev. Cooper has also served as the accountant for the Sixth Episcopal District .He is also the author of the book, A Financial Management Primer for the AME Church, which is used in the training of ministers by the A.M.E. Board of Examiners. He is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Rev. Cooper is married to The Rev. Joanne E. Williams-Cooper, M.D. and they are the proud parents of four children: Ako, Ethan, Charity and Jeffery, II. They have also been blessed with five adorable grandchildren: Alex, J’adore, Imana, Legend, and Mitchell.


joseph_marciaMrs. Marcia Fugh Joseph, Information Systems Project Manager (ISPM), is a 2001 graduate of Hampton University with a BS Degree in Management. After meeting requirements for graduation in December, 2000, Marcia enrolled in New Horizons Computer Learning Centers where she received specialized training in computer hardware and software usage. Then in 2006 Marcia received her Master of Public Administration degree (MPA), with an emphasis on Not for Profits from Tennessee State University. In her capacity as the Information Management Manager, she offers database support and maintenance, network installation support, manages the “help desk” for technical support, and is active in user training services. She also serves as the backup to the Webmaster.

joseph_marciaReverend Conitras M. Houston, Special Assistant, is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish. In 2008, Rev. Conitras earned her Masters of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, as well as completed the Masters of Divinity thesis program focusing on homiletics. Bishop William P. DeVeaux, at the seat of the Atlanta-North Georgia Annual Conference, ordained her a Deacon in 2005 and an Elder in 2008. Currently, Rev. Conitras serves as the senior pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, GA. In her capacity as Special Assistant, she offers an array of support to the entire office while aiding in both the administrative and technological needs of the General Secretary.