Last month in regal style the African Methodist Episcopal Church Women’s Missionary Society, Pittsburgh Conference, held their annual banquet with the theme: Ambassadorship.

The participants and attendees were elegantly dressed in African attire. Historic St. James AME Church was decorated beautifully for the occasion and the venue was filled to capacity.

AMBASSADORS— Rev. Brenda Gregg (host pastor, Greater Allen AME Church) and Yvonne Henning Parks.

The conveners were all church pastors and during their weeklong conference they covered issues in the community, strategies for the new year and sponsored a gathering of youths.


Program participants included Rev. Kary Williams Jr. of Wayman Chapel AME Church (New Brighton), Sister Frances Jackson, Sister Barbara Lyles (second vice president, Pittsburgh Conference WMS), and Sister Andrea Estes (correspondence secretary, Pittsburgh Conference WMS). To the crowd’s delight the group Africa Sings provided the joyful noise of song.

REGAL TRIO— Kathleen Reid (3rd district Women’s Missionary Society president), Deborah Gray (Pittsburgh Conference, Women’s Missionary Society president) and Linda Burleigh (3rd District Young Peoples Division director).

The New Pittsburgh Courier was invited to give a Pittsburgh welcome. Ernestine Lee Henning (3rd District Episcopal Supervisor) has been a proponent of keeping Black businesses alive and has shared the history of the New Pittsburgh Courier at her district meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

The host pastor for the weeklong event was Rev. Brenda Gregg of Greater Allen AME church.

The following churches were presented with Ambassadorship Awards: Bethel AME Church (Pittsburgh), Bethel AME Church (McKeesport), Bethel AME Church (Monroeville), St. James AME Church (Pittsburgh) and St. Paul AME Church (Pittsburgh).

The mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. At every level of the connection and in every local church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and serve the needy through a continuing program of 1) preaching the gospel 2) feeding the hungry 3) clothing the naked 4) housing the homeless 5) cheering the fallen 6) providing jobs for the jobless 7) administering to the needs of those in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, asylums and mental institutions, senior citizen homes; caring for the sick, the shut-ins, the mentally and socially disturbed, and 8) encouraging thrift and economic advancement.

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