The Orangeburg District Component Leadership Team
WMS - Sis. Ann Marie Wilson, Area Chairperson
The Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) is an international faith-based, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), granted Special Consultative Category II Status in 1985 in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The WMS is composed of over 800,000 members located across four continents in thirty-two countries. We are in the forefront of works of mission, at the head of the Church, operating from the highest level within each of twenty Episcopal Districts and reporting to every meeting of the General and Annual Conferences.
Lay Organization - Sis. Lavern Felder, President
The Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is formed for the purpose of instilling in its membership a love and appreciation for the history, tradition, and principles of African Methodism; advocating respect and loyalty to constituted authority; encouraging the support of the total program of the local church; fostering systematic and regular study which will provide greater knowledge and participation in the church, and organizing and training lay members concerning the goals and objectives of the Connectional Lay Organization.
Sons of Allen - Bro. Nathaniel Stevenson, Chair
This is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and support for men. This ministry seeks to strengthen men in their roles as husband, father, brother, and leaders in the community and church. This ministry ministers to men in the following areas:
Lead men to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Organize all African Methodist men in Christian fellowship and social action.
Sponsor workshops on such topics as men's health, substance abuse, and spirituality.
Encourage our men to become witnesses for Christ in their daily lives.
Christian Education Department- Sis. Catherine Shuler, Director
The Christian Education Ministry involves the administration and coordination of programs or strategies to facilitate the spiritual growth or discipleship of believers of all ages into Christlikeness. The Christian Education Department is further responsible for the supervision and training of Christian workers, as well as the recruitment of workers to facilitate meeting the educational needs of the churches in the Orangeburg District.
Church School - Dr. James E. Keller, Superintendent
The Church School ministry provides the life vein of Bible teaching for all ages. A year long curriculum with focused themes equips children, teens, and adults with a foundation on which to build their knowledge of God's plan as revealed in Scripture. Included in this ministry is the training of congregations in the history and traditions of our church which keeps us aware of our heritage both ethnically and spiritually.
Health Ministry- Sis. Barbara White, Director
The Health and Wellness Ministry serves as an advocate for healthy lifestyles which includes good nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, wellness education, seminars, health fairs, and health screenings. This ministry promotes physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness. It provides information that will help people recognize and address their health needs and recommends health related resources and programs that will supply that information. In order to reach this goal, this ministry works in partnership with medical and fitness entities in the congregation and community. The ministry strives to encourage people to take personal responsibility to improve and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Women In Ministry - Rev. Constance Theodora Wilson, District Coordinator
The mission of the AME/WIM is to define, enhance, support, and expand the presence of women in ministry in leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
To recognize and support women in ministry as an integral part of the AME Church.
To raise the consciousness of the AME Church on women's issues.
To address the issue of sexism in the AME Church.
To address issues of opportunities for women in ministry in leadership in the AME Church.
To support women in the pastoral ministry.
Young People's Division - Sis. Joi Artis, Director
The Young People's and Children’s Division (YPD) under the leadership of the Women's Missionary Society provides meaningful youth training programs and opportunities for leadership experience in all areas of church life. By providing training in Evangelism, Christian Social Relations, and Education programs the YPD is designed to connect youth more fully to the mission of the church, increase knowledge of the African Methodist Episcopal Church history, and provide opportunities to expand their knowledge and application of the Scriptures.
Christian Debutante and Master Commission - Sis. Michelle Frazier, Commissioner
The Christian Debutante-Master Dedication Commission (CDMC) introduces young people to Christian society and celebrates their transition to adulthood. Through its adult advisors, the CDMC reinforces the work of Christian Education by providing guidance and information for relevant study and fieldwork activities. Young people participating in the CDMC receive regular and special study programs for personal Christian development and creative leadership in the A.M.E. Church.
Daughters of Sarah - Sis. Annette Prezzy, Chair
Our mission is to minister to the young women of the Church by teaching the value of self- discipline, self-worth, build self-esteem and reinforce spiritual morals. Promoting positive attributes while encouraging young women to become involved in helping others to find Christ in their lives. We will endeavor to educate through workshops on the importance of building strong character education, health awareness, and leadership training.