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AMEs Hold 78th Conference/ Re-assign Pastors to Local Area

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Los Angeles

By Cheryl Brown

Bishop John H. Bryant, following the 78th Session of the Southern California Annual Conference, last Sunday returned local pastors, with the exception of Rev. Mary Jamerson Polk, to their pulpits.

The conference is one of several held throughout the last six months of the year. The Fifth Episcopal District encompasses St Louis/ Kansas City to California/ Oregon and Washington.
Rev. Polk was sent to Holy Trinity, Palmdale; Rev. Jonathan Massey, Greater Harvest in Victorville; Carry Humphrey returned to Bethel Barstow; Rev. Shermella Garrett-Egson returns to Allen Chapel, Riverside; Rev. Morris Buchanan, starts another year at Bethel, Fontana; Rev. Anthony Hughes begins his second year at St. Paul, San Bernardino; Rev. Dr. Richard Rose went back to Allen Chapel, San Bernardino; Rev. Christilene Weaver returns to Quinn, Moreno Valley; Rev. Benjamin Hollins returns to Primm, Pomona; Rev. Larry Campbell returns to Grace Chapel, Temecula; and Rev. Eugene Wright was returned to Bethel, Perris. Rev. Hannah Witherspoon was sent back temporarily to First AME, Indio and Timothy Costin, Jr. was temporarily sent back to Blythe.

Those changes will be made in the Bishop’s Planning meeting, November 3, in Oakland, California.
Rev. Noella Buchanan, pastor of the former mission church in Corona Church, was returned and her church was brought into the conference.

The 2002 Southern California Conference was hosted by Bryant Temple in Los Angeles; Rev. Warren Campbell is the Pastor.

The conference opened unofficially Sunday with an outstanding musical. Monday was special because of the Women in Ministry service and the welcoming banquet for Bishop and Rev. Bryant. Annual Missionary Day was held on Tuesday and Witness Night followed.

After a continental breakfast, roll call, and conference business, the Missionaries held an Hour of Power. The conference was buzzing about the tremendous presentation by Professor Carolyn Murray from the University of California, Riverside.

Wednesday evening the conference opened officially at First AME. On Thursday, Rev. Frederick Haynes, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, set hearts on fire with the preached word.

Friday’s service was headed by the Lay Organization. The theme was the Gospel Train and the program recognized the importance of Negro Spirituals in our African American culture yesterday, today and tomorrow. The F.D. Haynes Male Choir of St. Paul AME, San Bernardino was among the participants. Beverly Sampson, President of the Southern California Lay, is a Chino, CA resident.
Saturday the conference turned its attention to the youth. Following the Ordination service the YPD held their program and awards presentation at the Proud Bird Restaurant.
Sunday, many local pastors returned to their pulpits, St. Paul AME, San Bernardino was honored to have Presiding Elder W. Barlette Finney and Rev. Andrew Rollins preach the word.

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