Carolyn Longmire WMS Chairperson carolyn@southeastconferencewms.com

Southeast Alabama Conference

Dorothy Sconiers-Bevel President dorothy@southeastconferencewms.com

WMS

NINTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
  • We are called to strengthen our faith and sent to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by service and witness in the world.
ABOUT US

Women's Missionary Society

Welcome to the website for the Southeast Alabama Conference Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church,  Ninth Episcopal District.  Join us as we strive to put forth the mission of the church and reach the communities in mass.

As women called to discipleship to grow in knowledge and experience of God through Jesus Christ, committed to support the mission of the church, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are challenged to help one another engage in ministry and action, and grow and respond in faith to God’s redemptive plan for the church, the society and the world. Join us as we strive in Christ to Improve Global Health, Healing, Hope and Human Dignity!

SOUTHEAST ALABAMA CONFERENCE

Our Churches & Events

Ozark Troy District

Rev. Johnny Rutledge, Presiding Elder
Mrs. Patricia P. Rutledge, Spouse
2004 38th Court
Phenix City, AL 36870
rutledgep56@yahoo.com
https://ozarktroydistrict.wixsite.com/ozarktroydistrict

churches represented

  • Greater St. Paul, AMEC, Troy
  • Johns Chapel AMEC, Enterprise
  • St. Paul AMEC, Ozark
  • Greater Bethel AMEC, Brundidge
  • St. Luke AMEC, Louisville
  • Allen Chapel AMEC, Skipperville
  • Dunn's Chapel AMEC, Troy
  • New Zion AMEC, Enterprise
  • Greater St. Matthew AMEC, Brantley
  • Shady Grove AMEC, Elba
  • St. Paul AMEC, Brundidge
  • St. Peter AMEC, Clio
  • Pinckard Circuit, Pinckard
  • New Life AMEC, Geneva
  • Bethel AMEC, Hartford
  • St. Mark AMEC, Daleville
  • Bethel AMEC, Andalusia
  • Bethel Friendship AMEC, Orion
  • Florala Lockhart Circuit
  • Hopewell AMEC, Brundidge
  • St. Mark AMEC,Troy
  • St. Stephens AMEC, Opp
  • Sweet Hope AMEC, Ariton

Dothan-Eufaula District

Rev. David Reddick, Presiding Elder
Mrs. Allie Bell Reddick, Spouse
P.O. Box 311048
Enterprise, AL 36331
elderd@centurytel.net
ladyallie1@centurytel.net

churches represented

  • Cherry Street AMEC, Dothan
  • St. John AMEC, Eufaula
  • St. Peter AMEC, headland
  • Parks Chapel AMEC, Dothan
  • Stringer Street AMEC, Dothan
  • Hines Chapel AMEC, Dothan
  • St. Luke AMEC, Eufala
  • Jones Chapel AMEC, Clayton
  • Grant Chapel AMEC, Ashford
  • St. John AMEC, Abbeville
  • Collins Chapel AMEC, New Brockton
  • Freemount AMEC, Bakerhill
  • Free Gift Circuit, Abbeville
  • Clopton Circuit, Clayton
  • Tabernacle AMEC, Clayton
  • Shiloh AMEC, Clayton
  • St. Paul AMEC, Sconiersville
  • Old Friendship, Shorterville
  • White Oak AMEC, Eufaula
  • Tennille Chapel AMEC, Eufaula
  • St. Emmanuel AMEC, Eufalula
  • St. Phillips AMEC, Madrid

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A Brief History of the Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

A Brief History of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.@ Psalm 119:1-5) Someone has commented, "He who carries a lantern on a dark road at night sees only one step ahead. When he takes that one, the lamp moves forward and another is made plain. He finally reaches his destination in safety without once walking in darkness. All the way is lightened, but only a single step at a time. This is the method of God’s guidance." (Excerpts from history written during the centennial celebration of the WMS.)

In 1816 the African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized under the leadership of Richard Allen. The first missionary activities with the women began with the organizing of the Dorcas Society by Richard Allen in 1824. They worked together caring for the ministers who were helping to establish the A. M. E. Church. Sarah Allen organized the Daughters of the Conference to sew, mend, and patch coats, pants and underwear and raise money so that the pastors, with their tattered clothes, might be presentable at the opening of the Conference, after having traveled and worked hard during the year.

Rev. William Paul Quinn was appointed missionary to the West by the General Conference in 1840, the missionary interest increased. In 1874 a plea came for the women to organize a missionary society to give assistance in Haiti. Mrs. Mary Campbell was chosen to be the first President. The Women’s Parent Mite Missionary Society was formed. This Society was supported largely by the southern areas.

Meanwhile in September of 1893 in South Bend, IN a delegation of women asked permission of Bishop Henry Neil Turner for the organization of a Connectional Missionary Society as there were thousands of women desiring to work in missions. The request was granted and it was called the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society. The function of this society was to support and supervise the work in South Africa and help mission preachers and churches at home. This society drew members mainly from northern areas.

Whenever General Conference met, reports from the Missionary Department usually blended commentaries about the two societies. In the 1930's, for example, documents refer to Mrs. Christine S. Smith, President of the Women’s Parent Mite Missionary Society and Mrs. Lucy Hughes, President of the Women’s Home & Foreign Missionary Society as equals and partners in mission.

Finally in 1944 at the General Conference in Philadelphia, PA for the purpose of doing missionary work at home and abroad, the two merged and Lucy Hughes became the president. The Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has now become connectional, international, operating all over the church and the world. It has become a corporate body, a channel through which all women of the church have an opportunity to participate and broaden their scope of missions; to use their skills, knowledge, insight and leadership while touching the lives of many people all over the world. Those serving as President of this organization have been: Lucy Hughes, Anne E. Heath, Mary Frizzell, Wilhelmina Lawrence, Delores Kennedy Williams, Dorothy Adams Peck, Dr. Jamesina M. Evans, Dr. Shirley Hopkins Davis and the incumbent President, Dr. Shirley Cason-Reed.

( History taken from the Inaugural A Getting to Know You@ Pictorial Directory 2006, via wms-amec.org/wms-history.html)

Sarah Allen

WMS

Silver Sisters, Life Members, Associate Members

YAM

Young Adult Missionaries ages 18 to 40

YPD

Young People's and Children's Division ages 2-17

District Report

WMS

Our Leadership

Dr. Shirley Cason-Reed

International President
Reedcason1@yahoo.com
301.333.5894

Rev. Sherita Moon Seawright

9th Episcopal District Supervisor
Supena133@gmail.com
205.326.4499

Mrs. Susie Jones Bonner

9th Episcopal WMS President
s.jonessusie@yahoo.com
205.542.6275

Dorothy Sconiers-Bevel, EdS

Southeast Alabama Conference Branch WMS President
Dorothy.bevel@gmail.com
334-347-4355

Conference Branch WMS

officers

  • President: Dorothy Sconiers-Bevel
  • First Vice President: Mary C. Moncrief
  • Second Vice President: Beverly Smith
  • Third Vice President: Ruthie Warren
  • Recording Secretary: Mica Robinson
  • Assistant Recording Secretary: Jewell Woodward
  • Corresponding Secretary: LaFaye Hobdy
  • Treasurer: Emily G. Hill
  • Director of YPD: Denise Smith
  • PME Director: Ms. Marsha Roseboro
  • Parliamentarian: Shanetha Whitehurst
  • Historiographer/Statistician: Jeraldine Thomas
  • Worship Director: Claudia Anderson
  • Member-at-Large: Shanika Reeves
  • Ozark-Troy WMS Chairperson: Carolyn Longmire
  • Dothan-Eufala WMS Chairperson: Evadna K. Moment
  • Episcopal YPD Director: Djuana Wilson
  • Episcopal YPD President: Davon Elder
  • Conference YPD Director: Denise Smith
  • Conference YPD President: Christan Hinton

Conference Branch Executive

board members

  • Constance Jones
  • Dorothy Phillips
  • Bobbie Grubbs
  • Emma Christian
  • Vera McCarter
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