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Congregational Life Ministries

New Membership Ministry
Rev. Dr. Baron D. Young

The New Membership Ministry prepares new members for full membership.  All new members are instructed in the assurance of salvation; the Articles of Religion; the history of the AME Church; an introduction to Christian Stewardship; the rules and regulations of the AME Church as set forth in the Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; prayer; the Bible; the history and ministries of St. James AME Church; and the Catechism on faith.

New member’s classes are held every Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Participation is mandatory for all new members seeking full membership in St. James AME Church.

Lay Organization
Sis. Carolyn Wilkerson

The Lay Organization organizes and trains the laity of the church, enabling lay persons to maximally utilize their God given skills and abilities in the church.  The organization is engaged in the spiritual, social and economic concerns of the church as they relate to the laity and coincide with the goals of the General Church.


The Lay Organization meets every 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

Care Ministries

  • Bereavement Ministry

  • Health & Fitness Awareness ministry

  • Class Leaders

Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry provides spiritual and physical comfort for the families of deceased members of the St. James AME Church. This ministry makes arrangements for the repast and family visitations.

Contact: Sis. Anita Brown

Health & Fitness Awareness Ministry

The Health and Fitness Awareness Ministry sponsors programs and activities aimed at enhancing member health and well-being.

Contact: Sis. Wynona Hilton-Stanley

Class Leaders

Class Leaders are appointed annually by the Pastor.  They serve for one year and may be reappointed as long as their conduct is satisfactory.  Class Leaders watch over the members with special care as an extension of the pastor and help with their spiritual development.  Class Leaders report to the Class Coordinator who in turn reports to the Pastor, the economical, spiritual, and health and sickness of members.

Contact: Rosalind Waye-Brown & Pearl Holland

Youth Ministries

  • Junior Church

  • Young People’s Division (YPD)

  • Scholarships, Mentoring and Incentives Ministry

  • Debutante-Master Dedication Commission

Junior Church

The Junior Church is designed to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of our youth.  This ministry involves the youth of the church in the worship services, church conferences, youth bible study, the youth choir, and other organizations and ministries of the church.


Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of each month.

Contact: Rev. L. Sekou Brown


Young People's Division (YPD)

The YPD is designed to specialize in training young people for leadership in the missionary program of the AME Church under the supervision of the Missionary Society.  The YPD plans programs to help the youth develop spiritual and social values.

The YPD meets every 4th Sunday of the month at the conclusion of the Sunday morning worship service.

Contact: Sis. Victoria Terry


Scholarships, Mentoring, and Incentives Ministry

The Scholarships, Mentoring, and Incentives Ministry promotes the academic success of St. James’ youth through mentoring and the awarding of incentives and financial scholarships. Meets as needed.

Contact: Sis. Kathleen Carter

Debutante-Master Dedication Commission

The (CDMC) introduces young people to Christian society and celebrates their transition to adulthood. Through its adult advisors, the CDMC reinforces the work of Christian education by providing guidance and information for relevant study and fieldwork activities. Young people participating in the CDMC have an opportunity to receive regular and special study programs for personal Christian development and creative leadership in the A.M.E. Church.


The CDMC focuses on the period of transition from adolescence to adulthood that many cultures consider a “rites of passage”. Young people desire to celebrate and symbolize their new adult status. The CDMC channels this desire that enhances the mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Christian Debutante-Master Ceremony is the official activity under the auspices of the CDMC, a solemn religious service whereby the young honorees in their period of transition celebrate their new adult status in the church. It pays tribute to the rites of passage from youth to adulthood. The Debutante-Master Ceremony, the flagship of the CDMC, affords young people, ages sixteen through twenty-two, the opportunity to be introduced to the church society and to dedicate their lives to greater Christian service.

Contact: Vacant

Women's Ministry
1st Lady Lisa Wilson-Young

  • Daughters of Sarah

The Women’s Ministry addresses the spiritual, physical, social and emotional needs of women at St. James AME Church and within our community. This ministry is designed to encourage women to grow in their faith in Christ, to develop and strengthen intimate relationships, especially with fellow sisters in Christ, and to provide opportunities to serve and reach our community for Christ.

Our Mission is three fold:

  • To build intentional relationships.

These intentional relationships are built by widening our circle of friendships among women within the church family and spending purposeful time with women outside the family of God.

  • To strengthen women. 

Women are strengthened by spending time in the Word of God, by using the Word of God in our conversations when we are together, by prioritizing time for worship and prayer, and by being encouraged to participate in a small group family.

  • To Serve God by using our giftedness for the benefit of others.

We serve God by adjusting our time to express care and meet the needs of others, by becoming equipped in the skills needed for ministry within the body of Christ, and by becoming equipped in the skills needed to reach the lost by multiplying leaders through a coaching/mentoring process to include young women.


Meetings of the Daughters of Sarah are held every 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00am.

Mens Ministry
Bro. Dwayne Terry

  • Sons of Allen

The Sons of Allen encourages men to become involved in helping other men find Christ in their lives. They address the need for distinctive ministries to men who are faced with spiritual, social, political and psychological challenges.


The Sons of Allen meet every 1st Friday of the month at 6:30pm.

Outreach Ministries
Sis. Margaret Sharon Fluitt

  • Women's Missionary Society (WMS)

As women called to discipleship, the missionary society is committed to supporting the mission of the church by assisting members, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, sheltering the homeless, and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as supporting the community both spiritually and financially.


The Women’s Missionary Society meets every 1st Thursday of each month, at 6:30pm.

Support Ministries

  • Media Ministry - Audio/Video & Photography

  • Van Ministry

  • Security Ministry

Media Ministry - Audio/Video & Photography

The Audio Video Ministry operates the sound and video equipment during worship services, ensuring optimal sound quality. The photographers are responsible for taking and printing photographs at various church services and events.

Contact the AV Team: Bro. Dwayne Terry & Bro. Paul Kearney

Contact Photography: Bro. James Clark & Bro. Bobby Parker

Van Ministry

The Van Ministry provides transportation to and from the church for participants in church related activities.

Contact: Bro. William Pierce

Security Ministry

The Security Ministry is responsible for devising and executing plans to protect the congregation from danger, as well as mitigating congregational risk.

Contact: Sons of Allen

St. James Gazette
Sis. Anita Brown

The Gazette Ministry produces the church school newsletter via email and Facebook, which documents and illuminates the various activities of the church and church school.

If you would like to join a ministry, please feel free to attend the next upcoming meeting. 

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