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President's Message

President's Report - Dr. Willie C. Glover, Global President to the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the AME Church

"In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him And He Shall Direct Thy Paths.” Prov. 3:6

A.M.E. Connectional Lay President To the Bishops of the Church, Bishop William P. DeVeaux, Lay Commissioner, General Officers, Connectional Officers, Lay Executive Board, Clergy and fellow Laypersons;

It is in the joy of Jesus, the Christ, I greet you.

We are rejoicing and thanking God for the overwhelming investment of trust given by you to a voice declaring “A change you can trust”. I stand on the shoulders of all the trailblazers who paved the way for our great organization from Professor Charles H. Johnson and Rueben J. Gardner to the present day. We have a noble history and heritage which we embellish and by which we are motivated.

Clearly in this day and time the clarion call for transparency, accountability and integrity must be the hallmarks as we continue the journey of serving our Church and humankind. In my ten point platform during the campaign held high are three salient points in particular:

  • A caring and loving God-centered spirit while serving others
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Teaching and Training
Implicit in these three points is that as laypersons, we become even more informed resulting in greater empowerment to bring about change for the betterment of the Church and the communities in which we live.

We must have an intergenerational approach valuing the tolerance for differences. The Joshua generation must have a greater presence in stimulating growth and change in this process. As a whole, the Lay Organization must continue to serve as a catalyst for positive change through positive law, innovative training strategies and enlightened discussions about current issues confronting the Christian community. It is my firm belief that we are equipped, energized and empowered to serve.

Again, I thank you for your trust and expressions of support in electing me as President. I also thank the previous administration for their years of unselfish service and look forward to their wisdom in the future.

We expect to continue a strong collaboration and partnership with the General Church and components.

“To God be the glory, Great things He has done” and with His help we expect even greater accomplishments! May God continue to bless the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Connectional Lay Organization!

Willie C. Glover, Ph. D.

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