Welcome to Our New Website

November 13th, 2016 by


886081_558722544151443_1240091418_oWelcome to the Website of the Second Episcopal District.  The Executive Board looks forward to your experiencing this site for news, videos, photos, and ideas.   Our desire is in keeping with the Mission of the Lay Organization “…to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical needs” of its members.   All conferences are invited to submit news, photos, or videos about events and celebrations observed in your programs.

When the site is fully operational, please forward all announcements and pertinent articles to the Director of Public Relations, Janie Reeder, who will make sure that all information is posted expeditiously.

Space will be reserved for President Valerie Bell to maintain a blog that will serve as a vehicle for news and words of encouragement for the Second District Lay Organization.

Vote Valerie Gary Bell

June 29th, 2017 by

Onward to Greater Worship, Witness, and Works

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Connectional President 2017



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Harmonious Discord: Reflections on the Global Development Assembly

June 26th, 2017 by

An excellent article written by President Valerie Bell.  You can download here to read and enjoy!


Valerie Bell South Africa Article

Second Episcopal District Annual Conference Schedule

March 27th, 2017 by





2017 The Second Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

Baltimore ■ Washington ■ Virginia ■ North Carolina ■ Western North Carolina

Second Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church 2017 SCHEDULE OF ANNUAL CONFERENCES

James Levert Davis, Servant Bishop • Arelis Beevers Davis, Episcopal Supervisor

201st Session of the Baltimore Annual Conference

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – WMS Annual Convention

Wednesday- Saturday, April 8, 2017


67th Session of the Washington Annual Conference

Tuesday April 18, 2017 – WMS Annual Convention

Tuesday- Saturday, April 18 – 22, 2017 Business, Training & Worship

(Opening Annual Service – Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30p.m.)

Ebenezer AME Church, Fort  Washington, MD – Host Church

Contact No: 301-248-8833

  • Reverend Dr. Grainger Browning, Co-Host Pastor
  • Reverend Dr. JoAnn  Browning, Co-Host  Pastor
  • Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Host Presiding Elder
  • Reverend Dr. Louis-Charles Harvey, Associate Presiding Elder

Hotel Accommodations  Residence Inn National Harbor

192 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD * 301-749-4757

Room Rate: $169.00+Tax Single/Double Occupancy

Rate Subject to Change

Aloft Washington National Harbor

156 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD* 301-749-4757

Room Rate: $195.00+ Tax (Single/Double Occupancy)

Rate Subject to Change


151st Session of the  Virginia Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – WMS Annual ril 5 -8, 2017 Business, Training & Worship

(Opening Annual Service – Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1O:OOa.m.)

Bethel AME Church, Baltimore, MD – Host Church

Contact No: 410-523-4273

Reverend Dr. Patrick Clayborn, Host Pastor

Reverend Ernest L. Montague, Sr., Host Presiding Elder

Reverend Cordell E. Hunter, Sr., Associate Presiding Elder

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport

1739 W. Nursery Road * Linthicum, MD 21090 * 410.694.0808

Room Rate: $135.00+ Tax (Single/Double Occupancy)

Group Rate Cut-off Date – Monday, March 20, 2017


Wednesday – Saturday, May 3 – 6, 2017 Business, Training & Worship

(Opening Annual Service –  Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1O:OOa.m.)

Newport News Marriott, Newport News, VA – Host Venue

Contact Person: Rev. Andre’ Jefferson

Contact  No: 757-723-7716

Annual Conference Hosting Committee

  • Reverend Chester W. Morris, Co-Host Presiding Elder
  • Reverend Quentin White, Co-Host   Presiding Elder

Hotel Accommodations

Newport News Marriott at City Center, Newport News, VA

740 Town Center Drive, Newport  News, VA* 757-873-9299

Room Rate: $126.00+ Tax ( Single/Double Occupancy)

Group Rate Cut-off Date – March 28, 2017


148th Session of the  North Carolina Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – WMS Annual Convention

Wednesday- Saturday, May 17 – 20, 2017 Business, Training & Worship

(Opening Annual Service – Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:00a.m.)

Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, NC – Host Venue

Contact Person: Rev. Howard Johnson Contact No: 252-523-3213

Annual Conference Hosting Committee

  • Reverend Larry Hinton, Co-Host Presiding Elder
  • Reverend Evelyn G. Dunn, Co-Host Presiding Elder

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hilton Greenville Hotel

207 Greenville Blvd, SW, Greenville, NC 27834

Room Rate: $119.00+ Tax ( Single/Double Occupancy)

Group Rate Cut-off Date-April 16, 2017 (252)  355 5000

Hampton Inn Greenville

305 Greenville Blvd, SW, Greenville, NC 27834

Room Rate: $114.00+Tax ( Single/Double Occupancy)

Group Rate  Cut-off  Date -April 15, 2017* (252) 355-7400


125th Session of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – WMS Annual Convention

Wednesday- Saturday, May 31 – June 3, 2017 Business, Training & Worship

(Opening Annual Service -Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00a.m.)

North Raleigh Hilton Hotel, Raleigh, NC – Host Venue

Contact Person: Rev. Dr. Gregory Edmond Contact No: 919-832-2709

Reverend Bernard Wilder, Co-Host Presiding Elder

Reverend Conrad Pridgen, Co-Host Presiding Elder

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

Room Rate: $112.00+Tax (Single/Double Occupancy  Hotel *****



Lay Convention 2016

February 9th, 2017 by




                                                     DISTRICT 16TH LAY CONVENTION



November 2-3, 2016

   “Prepare to Elevate” was the theme that guided the Lay Convention of the Second Episcopal District in a series of workshops and worship services. The District’s Convention planners did not stray from the Mission of the Lay Organization: “to teach, train and empower its members for lay ministry, and meet the objective – to encourage the laity to support the total program of the church in the local congregation.”   An ambitious and informative agenda was planned for the two day convention. Keynote speaker, Congressman James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, advised the group to take the 2016 election seriously for the results of this election could set America back, or continue economic growth and social change for everyone. It is important to preserve the advances that the Democratic Party has set forth, such as Social Security, Medicare, voting rights, and the Affordable Care Act. These programs will be in jeopardy under Republican control.

The second part of the agenda was “A Dialogue with our Servant Bishop.” Bishop Davis was most engaging as he responded to questions from Second District Lay persons. The audience was impressed with his openness and clarity of expectations for the conference year. He reported that his plan to reduce the number of conference meetings is out of budgetary concerns.

The LAY Awards gala introduced the Lay Persons of the year for each conference. The Honorees were Dr. Alvin R. White for the Baltimore Conference; Maria A. Wallace for the Washington Conference; Valerie G. Terry and Ashley S. Williams for the Virginia Conference; Bernetta L. Ghist for the North Carolina Conference, and Kenneth R. Woods, Sr. for the Western North Carolina Conference.   The person selected as District’s Lay Person of the Year is North Carolina’s Bernetta Ghist, who will represent the Second District at the Biennial Convention in Columbus, Ohio in August, 2017.

The workshops complemented the convention and included “2016 General Conference’s Impact on the local church,” by Sister Selerya O. Moore, who served on the Connectional Revisions Committee. She reported on the status of Legislation that came before the Quadrennial delegates. Starr Battle, Esquire, reported on the Connectional Lay Constitution and By-Laws, and President Valerie Bell, who served on the Statistics and Finance Committee, gave a thorough report on the General Budget Assessment.

Workshop II, Accountability and Transparency in the Local Church” was presented by Mrs. Cynthia Gordon-Floyd. The workshop revealed how important transparency is in collecting and reporting funds raised in the local church.

Rev. Dr. Darlene James unpacked information on the topic “Simple Evangelism-Discipleship Training – What AME’s Believe.” Rev. James, Christian Education Director of the Washington Conference reviewed what we believe about Jesus, Holy Spirit, and Spiritual Growth, and explained Evangelism through “Ministry in a Bag.” Rev. James may be contacted for speakership at djames220@aol.com

Hidden Figures of the Second Episcopal District

January 20th, 2017 by

Hidden Figures

The Second Episcopal District’s Director of Lay Activities, Mr. Germaine Favor, has embarked on a project to highlight and feature “Hidden Figures” in our local churches at the Founder’s Day Celebration in Greensboro, North Carolina. Please submit a photograph and brief narrative (paragraph) of those in your congregation who are trailblazers, and have made significant contributions to society and/or to your church. Please send information to your local historiographer, or to Brother Favor @ gfavor@hotmail.com by January 30, 2017.


January 18th, 2017 by

February 9-11, 2017
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407

When: Saturday February 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 A.M.
Tickets: $40.00

Guest Speaker: Bishop James L. Davis
Please come and support our Bishop and Supervisor Davis.
Remember to purchase tickets from conference presidents prior to February 11. Limited tickets will be available at the door!

2016 in Review

January 17th, 2017 by

2016 in Review
Uneventful is not a term one would use to describe the events of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2016, or the Second District specifically. Each conference in the Second District shared in the movement toward engaging the membership in keeping the tenets of Methodism, and working to uphold the Mission of the Lay Organization. The business and the busy-ness of the Church consumed most of the activities of the year as preparations for the 50th Quadrennial Session in the place of the church’s founding was planned and executed with pomp and circumstance. Some of the activities of the year are outlined below.

The Virginia State General Assembly honored the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 175 years of teaching the Gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, cheering the fallen and providing jobs for the jobless. Dr. Dennis Yerby submitted a report and pictures that chronicled the event for the Virginia Lay Organization.

Virginia AME Delegation




Richard Allen Forever Stamp

Richard Allen Stamp

On February 2, 2016, the United States Postal Service unveiled its 39th stamp in the Black Heritage series to kick off Black History month. The celebration was attended by Bishops, Elders Pastors, missionaries and lay persons from across the AME Connection. The Second Episcopal District Lay Organization was led by President Valerie Gary-Bell and others as they journeyed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the unveiling.

Founder’s Day Celebrations was held at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church, Glendale, Maryland. The Lay Luncheon speaker was Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler, Pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Lay Night
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINAJuly, 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
fiftieth Quadrennial Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Congratulations to Sons of the Second District

Seawright and Reid







Bishop Harry Lee Seawright and Bishop Frank Madison Reid III

2017 Lay Organization Biennial

November 12th, 2016 by

Lay Organization Biennial 2017
August 7-10, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

Connectional Lay Organization Election of Officers
Nomination forms and Instructions may be obtained online or from:

Mrs. Betty J. Tuggle, Chairperson- Nominating Committee
5091 Glen Valley Drive #1B
Battlecreek, Michigan 49015

Letters of Intent must be received via Certified Mail and postmarked by January 15, 2017

Disaster Relief Fund

November 12th, 2016 by


Please donate to local Lay Organizations to help churches affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Lumberton, North Carolina area.

Donations may be sent to the Conference Presidents!