United AME Church Ministries
Board of Stewards
Dr. Marsha Bayless, Steward Pro-Tem
The Steward Board is composed of persons appointed by the pastor who know and love the Word of God, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Presiding Elder at the First Quarterly Conference confirms the Board.
The Steward Board attends to the Spiritual and financial health of the church. They assist the Pastor and ministerial staff in carrying out the church program that fosters and increases spiritual maturity in the body. As they carry out the great mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Steward Board is providing prayer, encouragement to the members of the church and serving as role models of excellence ”in being about our Father’s business”.
Board of Steward Members: Mrs. Constance Goss, Dr. Melvin Johnson, Mr. Ezekiel Jones, Mrs. Cheryl Marcus, Mr. Darius Mott, Mr. Kevin Peyton, Mrs. Emily RIckman, Ms. Ericka Williams, Mrs. Hila Williams
Steward Emeritus: Mrs. Alforetta Hughes
Mr. Frank West, Trustee Pro-Tem
The members of the Trustee Board are elected to manage all temporal concerns of the church. Our Trustees are spiritual leaders who are charged with the care of the church property. They are nominated by the Pastor and elected by the Church Conference. The Presiding Elder at the First Quarterly Conference confirms the Board. This group is responsible for the overall needs of the Local Church. The pastor will appoint a president pro-tem in his absence.
Trustee Board Members: Mrs. Tamara Beasley, Ms. Gwendolyn Brown, Mrs. Anginette Coleman, Ms. Shirley Cummins, Mr. Edward Hughes, Mr. Darwin Lang, Mr. Robert Marcus, Mr. Wm. Fred Strausbach, Mrs. Carol Ann Wilson
Trustee Emeritus: Mrs. Lillie Massie, Mr. Archie McPherson
Bible Study Ministry
Members of UNITED and the community can choose from a variety of weekly Bible Study groups. All of which provide opportunities to understand God’s word, build a more intimate relationship/understanding of Christ and strengthen their faith walk.
Adult- Wednesday- 7:00 p.m.; Pastor John E. Freeman, Facilitator
Seniors- Thursday, 12:30 p.m.; Rev. Barbara Baccus, Facilitator
Christian Education Department (CED)
Ms. Donna Blackburn, Christian Education Director
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, all the members of that one body so also is Christ.” Corinthians 12:12
Christian Education serves as an umbrella for the development of programs and resources that encourage and support Christian growth. It takes pastors, ministers and laity, to serve in various capacities, doing diverse works in order to be effective. The aspects to this role and the model of Christian Education are defined and explained in The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The mission of Christian Education is to teach, train and encourage our members to do Christian witness and ministries that will be spiritually nurturing and culturally relevant in both the church and community. Assisting members in identifying gifts and talents for kingdom building is effective Christian Education.
Christian Education is an inclusive term, not limited to reaching any one group, class or age range, with the goal of quality Christian living.
In the local church the CE board should have a representative from every organization and ministry.
“Caring and Sharing” Dinner Ministry
Mrs. Carol Wilson, Mrs. Emily Rickman, Mrs. Frances Coates, Mrs. Anginette Coleman
First and Second Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. An evening dinner open to all who wish to come. Come and join us for food and fellowship!
Luke 3:11 - ” He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise." __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Church School Ministry
Ms. Donna Blackburn, Church School Superintendent
Sunday school classes are available for all ages from preschool through high school and adults.
Meeting every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The UNITED A.M.E. Church School Mission is to teach, train, nurture, prepare and recruit children and adults in God’s word for Christian Service. This teaching, under the direction of Christian Education, is to assist them with effective living and Christian faith and leadership in a changing society. We follow the Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20; Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven & in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”
The UNITED A.M.E. Church School Program
Instills an understanding the fundamental truth of God’s Word through Bible-based curriculum, activities and class sessions. (Ages: Toddler through Adult)
The Church School program actively:
Develops and strengthens our personal relationship with Jesus Christ
Feeds the Spirit from the Study of God’s Word
Provides a learning site to fellowship with other believers
Prepares and trains dedicated and spirit-led teachers
United is blessed to have many wonderful volunteer teachers and assistants who share their gift of teaching and instruction with adults, youth and children in our program. We are always looking for additional teaching staff that have a dedication to all learners and who are willing to commit to teaching God’s word.
Mrs. Rachel Peyton, Min. Carl Lanham and Ms. Donna Blackburn
Toddlers- Ages 1-5 years: We teach toddlers about God as they sing, enjoy stories, color pictures and play. Children learn the truths of God’s Word and develop the character to listen, obey and share.
Prepatory- Ages 6-8 years: Prepatory students learn the basics of A.M.E. doctrine and prayer. Focus is also geared on simple “Christ Centered” teaching.
Pre-Teens- 9-13 years: UNITED youth participate in a special program designed to explore the Holy Scriptures and different aspects of Christ’s life in ways appropriate for each age and grade level.
Teens- 14-19 years: Teen students meet to discuss their studies in Biblical lessons and the truth of God’s Word. Youth join together for thought provoking discussions about their Christian faith and its relationship to their everyday lives. Classes, study and fellowship encourage “Christ Centered” focus in decision making and evangelism.
Adult- 20 and up: At UNITED, each of our adult classes has in-depth studies that bring us to a closer understanding of God’s word. Our programs are designed to help adults live a more meaningful, honest and fulfilling Christian life.
All are Welcome! We encourage all adults and children to participate in our Church School program, and all visitors are always welcome. Our lively and growing church school program is well attended in classes ranging from toddler care through adult learning.
Mrs. Emily Rickman, Class Leader Coordinator
The United A.M.E. Church Class Leaders are dedicated members who are focused on the tasks of providing spiritual support and guidance to the members of the church. Class Leaders are chosen by the pastor to serve and communicate the needs of the congregation, which extends to fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ in preparing for God’s Kingdom.
A Class Leader is:
1. Appointed by the Pastor once the Class Leader requirements are met.
2. The Interface between the ministerial staff and the members of the Church.
3. To Communicate regularly with their class members by phone, letter, email, visits or social gatherings.
4. To provide advice, guidance and counsel and be a listening ear to their concerns and or issues of their class members.
5. A part of the spiritual support structure of the Church.
6. A Class Leader signs and recommits annually to being a Class Leader.
7. A class is usually composed of twelve or more persons.
Mrs. Rachel Peyton and Ms. Vonda Lovett, Coordinators
The United Angels Dance Ministry is comprised of worshipers from the tender age of 3 through 7 years of age and the Wings of Worship is comprised of our older youth. The members of these Dance Ministries(and all those affiliated) are dedicated to strive to do the Lords will by; 1) learning and applying His word and commands; 2) offering ourselves to the service of Christ and 3) honoring the Lord with praise and worship through dance.
The ministry dances for its home church the second Sunday of every other month as well as at various other churches and venues upon request. Some of our ministry opportunities have ranged to include an assisted living community, various praise dance workshops and services.
United Angels (3-12 years of age)
Angels of Praise ( 13-18 years of age)
Service to the Lord is our primary motivation. The participants are young, yet more than willing to learn.
Grief (Bereavement) Ministry
Rev. Barbara Baccus, Coordinator
The death of a loved one is an intense and painful experience for most people. Having the right support makes all of the difference. This bereavement ministry helps people through the grief cycle providing support to the various needs of the family. The surrounding world often expects survivors to move quickly beyond their loss; however, grieving often takes time. We help with the grieving process in any way possible.
Golden Saints – Caring for our Seniors
Rev. Barbara Baccus, Coordinator
This ministry which focuses on senior adults has grown to become a vital and contributing part of the overall growth and ministry of UNITED A.M.E. church and the community. To add new people to the God’s kingdom and church membership from the un-churched older adult population to older adults within the church by utilizing their spiritual gifts and God-given talents in ministry, service of the church and our community. Our existing members are equipped to reach out to non-Christian friends and relatives. Our community of God’s love encourages fun, security, helps eliminate loneliness and gives a sense of belonging.
Mildred- Payne Johnson Lay Organization
Ms. Shamika Bottom, Lay President
The purpose of the Lay Organization is to organize and train the lay members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, so each member may to the maximum of their abilities and skills granted by God, in assisting with the improvement and extension of God’s kingdom and creating happiness, peace and harmony among its members.
Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
All Lay Organization members must be 18 years of age or older. Dues are currently $20 annually.
Definition of Laity: All persons who are not clergy.
Ware/ Smith Missionary Society
Ms. Ericka Williams, President
The Women’s Missionary Society of the Third Episcopal District is one of the most important and most viable components of the Church. The Society is commissioned to proclaim locally and world-wide, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the making of disciples and of bringing people into fellowship through introduction, conversion and baptism.
“Missions” is helping. Helping, however, is not an end in and of itself; it is rather a means to an end. In essence, missions is an extension of the “Great Commission,” that of going into the world and preaching the Gospel in word and deed to every creature. It is reaching, helping, sharing and leading people to a commitment to Jesus Christ.
Multi- Media Ministry
Mr. Kevin Peyton and Mr. Darius Mott, Coordinators
Our multimedia ministry is comprised of the audio, photographic, video, graphic, computer, and web technology systems and personnel needed to support our ministry needs. As we continue to grow, we are constantly updating and adding new systems and technologies that will enhance the teaching of God’s Word and provide improved methods of equipping the body for the work of the ministry.
The multimedia ministry is continually looking for people to fill a variety of “behind the scenes” positions that are critical for the presentation of God’s Word. An invitation is extended to all that are called of God and would like to serve in this exciting ministry.
United A.M.E. church has a vibrant and diverse music ministry, from hymns to contemporary music.
Music Ministry Directors:
Mr. Archie McPherson, Mighty Men
Dr. Marsha Bayless, Sanctuary Choir
Sanctuary Choir - Tuesday, 6 pm
Mighty Men - Wednesday, 6 pm
New Members Class
Ms. Donna Blackburn, Facilitator
4th Sunday Morning-- 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
It is an introductory course into the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church history, structure, and the Articles of Religion as per our Doctrine and Discipline of our denomination. The goals are to “You and Your Church,” is to deepen individuals relationship with Christ by understanding what we believe, and get to know ourselves in the process. Class meeting dates/times occasionally vary depending on topics, teacher and class size. Call church office for more information.
Parking Lot Ministry
Mr. Fred Strausbach and Mr. Robert Marcus, Coordinators
The mission of the Parking Lot Ministry is to welcome those attending church at UNITED A.M.E. with the love of the Lord! We are committed to providing a healthy, safe, secure, and accessible environment to all worshipers attending UNITED.
Through cooperation, mutual support, and involvement of others in the Ministry of Helps, our staff of courteous volunteers shall consistently strive to deliver responsive, effective, and timely service, which reflects the values of excellence and accountability in serving those persons attending our church. Valet service for elders in the winter months.
Please Note: Ministry operates primarily during special events and inclement weather.
Prayer Warrior Ministry
Rev. Barbara Baccus, Coordinator
The Prayer Warriors Ministry is a group of God’s people who regularly intercede on behalf of others before God through prayer; in effect, coming between God and the trouble of others. A prayer warrior acts as a “spiritual defense attorney” by appealing to “God’s Higher Court” on behalf of those in need. Because God has proven merciful, we call on Him for intervention. Our ministry members pray daily for our Pastor, Pastor’s family, our church, church leaders and a list of God’s people that are sick/shut-in, and loss. We are here to encourage all who are in need of prayer.
Mrs. Ella Alford, President
The main functions of the stewardesses are to assist the stewards in the discharge of their duties relative to the ritual of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:To provide the implements and elements of the Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. Dress the pulpit and altar rail with suitable clean white coverings for these rituals.
The Stewardesses also assist in the giving of Communion to the sick and shut in and nursing homes with assigned clergy staff.
Stewardess Board Membes: Mrs. Ruth Anderson, , Ms. Donna Blackburn, Mrs. Frances Coates, Mrs. Clara Holland, Mrs. Alforetta Hughes, Mrs. Carol McElrath, Ms. Juanita Melton, Mrs. Rachel Peyton
Stewardess Emeritus: Mrs. June West, Mrs. Hulda Forteau (In Memoriam), Mrs. Mary Austin (In Memoriam)
Sons of Allen Men’s Fellowship
Mr. Ed Hughes, Director
The Sons of Allen’s primary purpose is encouraging men to become involved in helping other men find Christ in their lives. All male members of the church; young and old are encouraged to participate. Dues are $12.00 annually or $1.00 per month.
Mr. Robert Marcus, Ms. Shirley Cummins, and Mr. Frank West, Coordinators
The UNITED A.M.E. Transportation Ministry is an outreach ministry designed to provide shuttle service to members of the church and community to and from our Christ-centered activities.
We take seriously our stewardship of providing quality Christian transportation to the our local community and college campuses! Your Christian mobility and livability are our primary concern. With our church shuttle service, we will gladly pick you up for Sunday morning breakfast or worship or our mid-week Bible Study and return you home.
Please contact the church office at (937) 372-3366 to check availability and schedule a pick-up.
Usher Board Ministry
“I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God….” Psalm 84:10
As an official representative of UNITED A.M.E. Church and of Jesus Christ, the ushers have an enormous obligation in helping to lead the people into readiness for Learning, Worshiping and Evangelism. The ushers primary purpose is to keep perfect order in and around the Church at all time during services.
Mission: Our mission is to meet the worshipers with a pleasant smile, a warm welcome and direct them to their seats. Our goal is to assist the Pastor to make each and every service a success for Christ!
Young Peoples Division (YPD)
Ms. Carmen Dyer, OSO Conference YPD Director Rev. Kristie High, Local YPD Director
The YOUNG PEOPLE and CHILDREN’S DIVISION (Y.P.D.) is a youth organization, established October 1915, under the auspices of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The purpose of the Y.P.D. is to interest Christian Youth in discovering opportunities for witnessing in today’s world, and put their Christian convictions into action in all of their daily relationships.
Y.P.D. Pledge: I pledge my willing and untiring service to all efforts of the Young People’s and Children’s Division to aid the needy and suffering people, regardless of race, color or creed. I further pledge to take the Bible as my guide, to aid my church, and to attend meetings regularly. In all these tasks I seek the Savior’s guidance.
YPD Colors: Forest Green is symbolic of growth and Christian Vitality; White represents purity, light and faith.
YPD Motto: “Grow, Glow and Go for Christ”
Mother Sunbeams (2-6 years)
Allen Stars (7-12 years)
Youth Auxiliary (13-17 years)
Young Adults (18-26 years)
District Level – 3rd Episcopal District
Conference Level – Ohio-South Ohio Annual Conference
YPD Missionary Benediction
In the name of the triune God
May the spirit of Christian mission
Enter every heart
This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.