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2012 GENERAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference
July, 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee

Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram
Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram,
Chairperson of
the General Conference Commission
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Bishop Vashti Murphy
McKenzie,
Host Bishop
Bishop John Bryant
Bishop John Bryant,
Senior Bishop

Elections
Keynote from First Lady Michelle Obama
Approved Legislation
Department Reports


BISHOPS RETIRED:

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Bishop Cornal Garnett Henning, Sr. (112)
Formerly Presiding Bishop of the Third Episcopal District

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Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry (122)
Formerly Presiding Bishop of the Eight Episcopal District


BISHOPS ELECTED:

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Bishop Clement W. Fugh (131)
Formerly General Secretary of the AME Church
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Bishop Reginald T. Jackson (132)
Formerly Pastor of St. Matthew AME Church, Orange, NJ


BISHOP ASSIGNMENTS:

 

District/Office
Bishop
Election
1st
Gregory Gerald McKinley Ingram
118th
2nd
William Phillips DeVeaux
113th
3rd
McKinley Young
109th
4th
John Richard Bryant
106th
5th
Theodore Larry Kirkland
114th
6th
Preston Warren Williams, II
119th
7th
Richard Franklin Norris
116th
8th
Julius Harrison McAllister
129th
9th
James Levert Davis
123rd
10th
Vashti Murphy McKenzie
117th
11th
Adam Jefferson Richardson
115th
12th
Samuel Lawrence Green, Sr.
125th
13th
Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath
128th
14th
Clement W. Fugh
131st
15th
David Rwhynica Daniels, Jr.
124th
16th
Sarah Frances Davis
126th
17th
Wilfred Jacobus Messiah
120th
18th
John Franklin White
130th
19th
Paul Jones Mulenga Kawimbe
121st
20th / Ecumenical
Reginald T. Jackson
132nd
Located
E. Earl McCloud, Jr.
127th

GENERAL OFFICERS:

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Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Richard Allen Lewis Sr.

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President/Publisher AME Church Sunday School Union
Dr. Johnny Barbour

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Executive Director, Department of Global Witness and Ministry
Dr. George F. Flowers

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Executive Director, Department of Annuity Investments and Insurance
Dr. Jerome V. Harris

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Executive Director, Department of Church Growth and Development
Dr. James C. Wade

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Executive Director, Department of Christian Education
Dr. Daryl B. Ingram

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Editor, The Christian Recorder
Dr. Calvin H. Sydnor III

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General Secretary/Chief Information Officer
Dr. Jeffery Cooper

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Historiographer/Executive Director, Department of Research and Scholarship
Rev. Teresa L. Fry Brown, Ph.D.

JUDICIAL COUNCIL:

Clergy Members:
Rev. Dr. Glenda F. Hodges, Esq.
Rev. Vernon R. Byrd, Esq.

Clergy Alternate:
Rev. Frederick D. Sherrod III

Lay Alternate:
Ms. TaShun Y. Bowden-Lewis, Esq.

EPISCOPAL COMMITTEE:

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Episcopal Committee Chair
Dr. Harold R. Mayberry

WOMEN IN MINISTRY:

Officers for 2012 – 2016
The Rev. Kimberly L. Detherage, Esq., President
The Rev. Carolyn Habersham, First Vice-President
The Rev. Francine Brookins, Second Vice President
The Rev. Erika D. Crawford, Third Vice President
The Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark, General Secretary
The Rev. Dr. Monica Spencer, Corresponding Secretary
The Rev. Tyronda Howse Burgess, Financial Secretary
The Rev. Cynthia L. Harvin, Treasurer
The Rev. Pamela R. Rivera, Worship Director
The Rev. Lola S. Gresham Russell, Herstoriographer
**Submitted by the Rev. Erika D. Crawford


KEYNOTE BY FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

First Lady Michelle Obama

The Christian Recorder – Senior Bishop John Bryant introduced First Lady Michelle Obama as the First Lady of the United States and the First Lady of the world.

Bishop Samuel Green, President of the Council of Bishop welcomed and presented First Lady Michelle Obama.

Bishop Gregory G. M. Ingram gave introductory remarks about the AME Church’s appreciation of First Lady Obama and extended a warm welcome to First Lady Michelle.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie presented Nashville Mayor Karl Dean who gave welcome remarks and acknowledged the bishops of the AME Church with special commendation to Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.

Bishop McKenzie presented First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama commended the AME Church and challenged the GC attendees to understand that the fight for civil rights has not been won. She went on to explain that all of us have to be responsible citizens, which means that we have do out civic duties that includes being positive role models for our children. She encouraged the delegates and visitors to “continue the work, and bring others along with you,” and understand that Church is more than attending Sunday worship. She went on to say, “Church is a 7-day activity.” Mrs. Obama encouraged church members to attend school board and other meetings and to integrate church programs with the programs of the local community. She also addressed relevant issues germane to the African American community, such as obesity, crime, political apathy, and education.

She gave a rousing speech and received numerous standing ovations. At the end of her speech, she received a 5-minute standing ovation.

She took time to meet and greet delegates and it was obvious that she had “connected” with the members of the conference.


LEGISLATION

REPORT OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY ON PASSED LEGISLATION
Report of The General Secretary on passed legislation at the 49th Session of the AME General Conference


DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Large filesize indicated for non-broadband considerations.
AME India Report

– 14MB
The Anvil [zip] – 40MB (contains PowerPoint presentation and 4 videos)
Bishop Henning’s Episcopal Address [pdf] – 565KB
Chaplain’s Video Storyboard [pdf] – 3.5MB
The Christian Recorder [pdf] – 1.1MB
Church Growth and Development [pdf] – 130KB
CIO [pdf] – 1.7MB
Connectional Lay Organization, part I [pdf] – 2.7MB
Connectional Lay Organization, part II [pdf] – 2.1MB
Convocations Synopsis [pdf] – 408KB
Department of Annuity and Investments [zip] – 744KB
Department of Christian Education [pdf] – 1.9MB
Department of Research and Scholarship [pdf] – 711KB
Education Institutions and Theological Scholarships Committee [pdf] – 205KB
Finance Department [pdf] – 1.5MB
Financial Update [pdf] – 1MB
Judicial Council [pdf] – 340KB
Music and Christian Arts Ministry [pdf] – 1.4MB
Service and Development Agency Annual Report [pdf] – 1.5MB
Service and Development Agency Financials Report [pdf] – 15KB
Social Action Committee [pdf] – 2MB
Strategic Planning [pdf] – 672KB
Sunday School Union [pdf] – 440KB
Women In Ministry part I [pdf] – 926KB
Women In Ministry part II

– 72MB