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Dr. Patricia (PAM) DeVeaux

Deceased Supervisor - Biography

 

Dr. Patricia (Pam) DeVeauxDr. Patricia (Pam) DeVeaux is the spouse of Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux. They served in the Sixth Episcopal District, State of Georgia, also the Second Episcopal, Sixteen Episcopal and the Eighteen Episcopal Districts. Upon his election, she joined him in serving in Southern Africa.

During their first assignment with God’s help, she established two day care centers, provided scholarships to four students for study in American, convened an international HIV/AIDS conference, built a high school media center, funded construction of a water tower that supplies clean water to 1100 Swaziland students, conducted health fairs, developed Lesotho candle and doll economic projects, hosted five sojourners and constructed the M. Joan Cousin Women Empowerment Center.

In 2000 her work companioned that of her husbands in his assignment to the 16th Episcopal District, including the Caribbean, parts of South America and Europe. She led the Edith Ming Health Fairs, HIV/AIDS youth retreats, Haitian potholder economic project, Barbados health Fair, Dominican Republic English speaking school, community youth basketball court, marriage retreats, provided Black dolls to orphanages in Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, hosted two missionary sojourners and convened “When Women Worship” Conferences.

Dr. DeVeaux is a graduate of Howard University, Peabody College and Vanderbilt University. She has worked as a high librarian, medical librarian, university adjunct professor, college administrator and senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Pam has been blessed by her six children and twelve grandchildren.

 

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Carrie E. Robertson Grady

Widowed Supervisor - Biography

 

Carrie R. GradyMother Carrie E. R. Grady is a native of Winnsboro, South Carolina. She is the daughter of the late Arthur and Lucy Hall Robertson. She was a Cum Laude graduate from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She earned the M. A. Degree in Education from New York University, New York. City. She also received her Certification in Middle School Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies from the Citadel Military College, Charleston, South Carolina. After many years of educational excellence and service to youth, Mother Grady retired in 1992.

In the Seventh Episcopal District, Mother Grady served as Local YPD Director and organized the Young Adult Missionary Society at Morris Brown A.M. E. Church. She served, for a short time as Area Chairperson of the Greenville Area WMS. On the Episcopal Level, she served as Worship Leader as well as Special Missions Chairperson and First Vice President of the WMS. She served for nine years as President of the Palmetto Conference Branch WMS. She served as Area Consultant of the Edisto Area WMS where she organized and served as Advisor to the Edisto Area as well as The South Carolina Conference MSWAWO Plus PKS.

In the Sixteenth Episcopal District, Mother Grady served as Supervisor of the WMS and Children's Work. She was credited with being the first Bishop's wife to give physical incentives to the YPD'ers in that district through Bibles, calendars, trophies, caps, T-shirts and handheld musical instruments. She was instrumental in translating the WMS Constitution into Dutch, French and Spanish Languages, and having the WMS H-history of the district updated and published.

During her tenure in the Ninth Episcopal District, she continued to encourage youth to be all that they could be and serve as leaders to their peers rather than being mere followers. She encouraged the members of the WMS to move beyond the walls of the church and become involved with Foster Care and Adoptions, Tutorial Programs, Church World Services and the Blanket Project, Health Awareness, Bread for the World, the NCNW, Voter Registration, become members of the RAF, catch the vision and support the building of a multi-functional, multi-generational facility on the campus of Daniel Payne College. She traveled with a delegation to the Sixteenth Episcopal District to share in their Planning Meeting.

While serving in the First Episcopal District she continued to stress the importance of WMS members being actively involved in the above-mentioned organizations. She shared in leading a delegation to the Sixteenth District, carrying funds to help purchase property for the Z. L. Grady AME Church and share in the Celebration of their Ninth Anniversary. She also led the District in Outreach, and traveled to the Fourteenth Episcopal District where the WMS shipped a 40-foot container carrying clothing shoes, medical supplies, school supplies, pews, bicycles, robes for ministers and choir members to Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa as well as funds to buy food in September 2002 and again in January 2004.

Mother Grady served as a Registered Observer at five World Methodist Conferences: Honolulu, Hawaii; Nairobi, Kenya; Singapore, Malaysia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Brighton, England. She also served as a delegate to the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women in Loughboro, England. She is a Life Member of NCNW, the WMS and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She has received numerous awards and citations including Teacher of the Year and was robed in the African Tradition in 1966 at the seat of the General Conference.

She is married to Bishop Zedekiah LaZett Grady and they are parents of four children; Rev. Z. L. Grady, II, Judith Felita Grady Davis (Melvin), Constance LuVira Grady-Woodberry (Kenneth), and Rev. Carey Andrew Grady. They are the grandparents of three; Melvin Grady Davis, Cara Leigh Davis and Kendall Bynum Woodberry.

 

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Dorothy Jackson Young

Widowed Supervisor - Biography

 

Dorothy J. YoungMrs. Dorothy J. Young was born in Atlanta, Georgia but was reared and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. Dorothy was married to the Late McKinley Young, the 109th Bishop in the history of African Methodism. She is the caring and devoted mother of four beautiful daughters. Karyn Young-Lowe, worked as a Social Worker, lives in Alta Loma, California with her husband Ron, and Bishop and Mrs. Young's granddaughters, Jennifer Renee and Jessica Christine. Deana Young-McAllister, Assistant Principal, at Amos Godby High School - Tallahassee - Leon County lives with her husband, The Reverend Julius McAllister, Jr., and their sons Julius III, Colin and Dylan in Tallahassee, Florida. Andrea Young Jones is an Executive Staff Analyst with the Mayor's Office, she and her husband Roddy and sons Peyton and Noah live and work in Houston, Texas. Stephanie Lynn, who lived four years with her parents in South Africa, is Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Young is a graduate of Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. Mrs. Young worked for twenty-six years as a Registered Professional Nurse in Massachusetts, Illinois and Georgia and has worked actively in organizations and projects that support global health and the eradication of worldwide hunger. Dorothy Young has served the African Methodist Episcopal Church faithfully and creatively through the Women’s Missionary Society. She has served as a Local President, Area Chair, Conference Branch President, Episcopal District President and as an Episcopal District Supervisor. While serving at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, she led the Women's Missionary Society in the development of the Dorothy J. Young Help Center and "My Sister's Place," a transitional living facility for homeless women and their children.

From 1992 to 1996, Mrs. Young lived in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa and served as the Episcopal Supervisor of the Fifteenth Episcopal District Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She edited a study guide entitled "Global Economics Seeking a Christian Ethic" and published and distributed a Lenten/Pentecost Devotional Guide in the voices of the women of Southern Africa entitled "All Things New." During her work and witness in Africa she hosted International guests and provided leadership through workshops and mock election forums as South Africa prepared for the 1994 General Election. Mrs. Young traveled with her husband to Luanda, Angola in October 1995 to receive a reported twelve thousand members of the Independent Methodist Church into the Fifteenth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1998, the Sojourners Mission Sending Program of the AME Church Women's Missionary Society was enhanced through the development of a cross-cultural training component developed by Mrs. Young. Her other travels include Central and South America as well as many countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. While Bishop Young served as Ecumenical Officer of the AME Church 1996-2000, Dorothy Young was his Executive Assistant and represented the AME Church at the 8th Assembly World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe. Bishop and Dr. Young attended the 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006.

The Forty-sixth Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church appointed Bishop Young as the Presiding Prelate of the Tenth Episcopal District, the state of Texas. While in Texas, she encouraged the involvement of young women in the church and supported students at Paul Quinn College with Scholarships. Bishop and Mrs. Young lead the Tenth Episcopal District in hosting the 15th Quadrennial Convention in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Young served on the Self-Study Committee which rewrote the Constitution and Bylaws of the International Women’s Fellowship of the AME Church, The Women's Missionary Society. In 2002 Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas conferred The Doctor of Humane Letters on Dorothy Young for her Church and Community Service.

In July of 2004 Bishop and Dr. Young and family were assigned to the Electrifying Eleventh Episcopal District AME Church. (State of Florida and the Bahamas) Dr. Young is a member of the Bold City Chapter of Links, Incorporated. She is a mentor with Take Stock in Children and supervises the Women's Missionary Society, the Debutante Master Commission and the Ministers Spouses Alliance. She actively supports the recruitment of students and leads the women of the 11th in support for Edward Waters College. In July 2011, the Inaugural Class of the Dorothy Adams Peck Leadership Institute, a vision of Dr. Young, will graduate. The 17th Quadrennial convention of the Connectional Women's Missionary Society hosted by the 11th Episcopal District will convene in Orlando, Florida, July 21-31, 2011. Her favorite scriptural passage comes from the Book of James, Chapter 1 verse 22, "But be ye doers of the word, and not merely hearers, who deceive themselves."

 

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Rev. Rowena Adele White

Retired Supervisor - Biography

 

Rev. Rowena Adele WhiteRev. Rowena White is a born again, spirit-filled woman of God whose joy is serving and ministering to God's people. Her goal in life is to love God with all of her heart, soul and strength, and to edify the body of Christ through her preaching and teaching. She is passionate about reaching the lost and saving souls for Christ.

Rev. White answered the call to the ordained ministry in December 2000 after faithfully serving in the Women’s Missionary Society, as well as in various other ministries in the local church. Her love for missionary work has taken her throughout the United States and to the island of Kingston, Jamaica where she assisted in painting and refurbishing dilapidated housing units for underprivileged residents. She was appointed by her father, Bishop Robert Vaughn Webster, to serve as the Episcopal Supervisor of the Third Episcopal District after the passing of her mother, Supervisor Carole Ogleton Webster.

Rev. White is a graduate of Wilberforce University; the University of Maryland University College, and Howard University School of Divinity. She worked as an auditor for the Department of the Navy, Department of Energy and for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1979 to 1999.

 

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Beverly Thomas

Widowed Supervisor - Biography

 

Beverly ThomasBorn in Detroit, Michigan, Beverly Thomas shared her artistic talents as a musician for many years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, Wayne State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Organ Performance, University of Michigan, with additional work there toward her Ph.D. in Educational Administration.

As a Detroit educator, Thomas taught vocal music. Her administrative positions include having served with distinction in Detroit public schools as Department Head of Fine Arts and Foreign Language at Mumford High School, and Principal of the award-winning Renaissance High School.

An accomplished pipe organist, Thomas has performed in organ concerts throughout the United States and parts of South Africa. Coursework at Union Theological Seminary in New York in Sacred Music and Organ Performance added to her musical skills.

Traveling with her husband, Bishop Robert Thomas, Jr. (Retired), the 107th elected and consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she worked with him in South Africa as a missionary, the 8th (Mississippi and Louisiana) and they completed their tenure of Episcopal service in the 4th Episcopal District which is "home" for them.

Currently, Thomas is enjoying popularity as a professional artist, exhibiting her paintings throughout the United States, South Africa, Namibia and Canada. She is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Life Member of the NAACP. Thomas is extremely proud of the Beverly Thomas Scholarship Trust in South Africa and other scholarship efforts established under her leadership in the 8th and 4th Episcopal Districts. Each scholarship program was established through her efforts and sale of prints from her original artwork.

 

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