Welcome to the Elevation Experience.


Ephesians 4:11-14 (NIV)

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.



The mission of the Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to promote and supervise Christian training that fosters the development of credible, committed Christian disciples. Through Biblically-based, doctrinally sound, innovative and relevant education, training and worship, the Department works collaboratively with the Board of Christian Education to disciple the entire membership of the denomination

Goals & Objectives

Goal #1

By 2016 improve the financial health of the Department by generating resources for Departmental programming.

  1. Immediately implement a financial management system that complies with effective accounting practices and denominational regulations.
  2. Establish a financial reporting system for organizations within CED by June 2014.
  3. Pay off current debts by 2013.
  4. By August 31st, 2014 develop and implement a strategy to generate profit from the CED Winter Meetings.
  5. By January 2016, develop and implement a strategy to obtain external funds to support departmental initiatives.

Goal #2

By July 2014 establish an organizational structure that supports 21st century disciple-making needs.

  1. Introduce new departmental structure to Board of Christian Education by August 31st, 2012.
  2. By August 2012 begin identifying transformational leaders with gifts, skills and expertise that aligns with department’s vision, mission and goals.
  3. Throughout the quadrennial period implement teambuilding and performance excellence training for departmental leaders.

Goal #3

Expand efforts to fortify discipleship endeavors of local churches within the denomination.

  1. Assess discipleship needs of local congregations by July 2016.
  2. Develop on line discipleship curriculum for all ages by by July 2016.
  3. Plan and implement relevant WM and Quadrennial Convention programming that can be utilized in the local church regardless of size.
  4. By December 2012 establish a Spiritual Formation Commission to develop curriculum and ministry that aids in faith development.
  5. By December 2012 establish Commission on Family Life to develop relevant ministry to serve the needs of 21st century families.

Goal #4

Cultivate leadership effectiveness of each department within the CED.

  1. By February 2013, assess effectiveness of the three departments by conducting internal and external surveys.
  2. By December 2012 establish Commission on Leadership Excellence to establish leadership development strategy for the denomination.
  3. By December 2012 establish Commission on Spiritual Formation to develop strategy for effective faith development of each population within the church.

Goal #5

By December 2015, establish a plan to expand effective ministry to youth and young adults.

  1. Immediately organize Commission on Youth Ministry to provide ministry to youth at each adolescent development cycle (middle school, high school, emerging adults).
  2. Through Director(s) of Young Adults and YACM Steering Committee, provide resources to the local church for discipleship of young adults.

Goal #6

By July 2016, establish a plan to effectively minister to adults 40 and over.

  1. By January 2016, establish a Commission on Adult Ministry to develop a discipleship plan for persons 40-65.
  2. In accordance with the mandate in Discipline, establish an Institute on Aging for persons to disciple persons over 65.

Goal #7

By December 2015, establish a Commission on Scholastic Engagement to develop initiatives that foster academic excellence within the African-American community.

  1. By October, 2015 identify members of Commission on Scholastic Engagement.

Livingstone College

701 W. Monroe Street Salisbury
NC, 28144

Hood Theological Seminary

1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144
Office 704-636-7611
Fax 704-636-7699

Clinton College

1029 Crawford Road
Rock Hill SC, 29730
Office 803-327-7402
Fax 803-327-3261
Toll Free 877-837-9645

Extension Site of Hood Theological Seminary
at Lomax Hannon

725 Conecuh Street.
Greenville, AL 36037 or
P.O. Box 866
Greenville, AL 36037-0866

AME Zion University

P.O. Box 1860
Monrovia Liberia, West Africa

Hood Speaks Theological Seminary

Ndon Ebom, Uruan L.G.A.
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Board Members

Bishop Dennis V. Proctor


Bishop Dennis V. Proctor

Bishop W. Darin Moore

1st Vice Chair

Bishop W. Darin Moore

Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett, Jr.

2nd Vice Chair

Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett, Jr.

Mrs. Ava Swinton

3rd Vice Chair

Mrs. Ava Swinton

Rev. Dr. Raymon Hunt – Piedmont
Mrs. Leondras Davis – Piedmont
Rev. Dr. Rita J. Colbert – Mid-Atlantic
Dr. Monica Posey – Mid-Atlantic
Rev. Daren Jaime – Northeastern
Dr. Brenda Smith – Northeastern
Rev. Erlinda Dobson – Eastern North Carolina
Miss Nora K. McNeil – Eastern North Carolina
Rev. Dr. Victor Wilson – South Atlantic
Miss Brenda Chisholm – South Atlantic
Rev. Dr. Anthony Witherspoon – Mid-West
Dr. Charles Sharp – Mid-West
Rev. Dr. Johnenon Fields – Alabama-Florida
Ms. Voncile Smith – Alabama-Florida
Rev. Lelar Brooks – Southwestern Delta
Mrs. Ava Swinton – Southwestern Delta
Rev. George W. Whitfield – Western
Dr. Sandra Davis – Western
Rev. Henrico White – Central South Africa
Mrs. Judith Story – Central South Africa
Rev. Dr. Myrtle Bowen – Western West Africa
Mrs. Cassie Smith – Western West Africa
Rev. Umor Olu – Eastern West Africa
Mr. Emmanuel G. Anthony – Eastern West Africa