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

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 @ 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

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.

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!


MCAM Executive Board Meeting

November 11th, 2016 by

MCAM Executive Board Meeting (Music and Christian Arts Ministry)
Metropolitan AME Church
Washington, DC Meeting @ Hotel Crystal Gateway Marriott;

Go Vote!

October 27th, 2016 by


           A movement/plan to increase voter education, mobilization and registration — VOTE EARLY!     VOTE EARLY!      VOTE EARLY!    VOTE! VOTE!








SEDLAY Blessings

October 27th, 2016 by