Bishop George J Leake III Scholarship CommitteeRose Stokes

Develops, promotes and executes ways and means for providing continuous financial support for A.M.E. Zion students who are attending Hood Theological Seminary and committed to entering into the ordained ministry.

Bylaws and Legislative CommitteeDr. Shelia Quintana

Compiles, coordinates, reviews, distributes and presents resolutions and/or other motions that affect operations and activities of the Connectional Lay Council and are brought before the Executive Board, legislative sessions of the Quadrennial Convention and General Conference.

Communications CommitteeAnita Schofield

Keeps the CLC Website updated and is in charge of promoting all Connectional Lay Council Events.

Education CommitteeDr. Joyce Perry Edwards, Chairperson
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The CLC Education Committee is available to YOU…
Use us as you would your local Library Reference Desk. Our goal is to arouse intense knowledge of and interest in God and Zion Methodism. We offer effective tools to build for God and Zion Methodism. We are passionate about Kingdom enhancement for your Local, District, and Annual Conference Lay Councils. The committee offers exposure to varied means of education, spiritual awareness, productive programming and the experience of Zion’s finest Churchmen/women who are anxious to offer their expertise. You can reach the Education Committee at .

Historian CommitteeTBD

The History Committee Chair is developing an archive to be placed in the Connectional Lay Council Office. The Chair is looking for the following historical data:

Pictures – Articles – Artifacts – Books/Publications Videos — DVD’s — Minutes

Anything that will help us build a worthy Archive will greatly appreciated. Also she is asking that you please share in¬formation on any or all of the PRESIDENTS of the Connectional Lay Council.

Social/Political Action Committee Queen DeGraffenreid, Chairperson
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Regularly keeps the Executive Board informed about matters of society that challenge the social wellness, courage and response of Christians.

Special Projects CommitteeJoy Pickett, Chairperson

The Special Projects Committee is in charge of purchasing, selling, and collecting Connectional Lay Council merchandise and other items that compliment and promote lay ministry while providing financial support to offset operating expenses. Help to promote and reinforce the objectives, purpose and essence of The Connectional Lay Council by purchasing any of the items in our inventory. All requests for items must be in writing (order forms can be found on the website by clicking the forms tab) and sent to the CLC office by mail, email, or fax at:

Connectional Lay Council,
Attn: Special Projects,
PO Box 26770,
Charlotte NC 28221-6770
Tel. 704-562-0402 – Fax (704) 688-2551

If you have any questions about current/future items or the process used to make them available, I can be reached at 704-562-0402.
“We Care” (Prayer Request because “We Care”)William F. Manning, Chairperson
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The Connectional Lay Council Chaplain serves as the chair of the We Care Committee.

Any member of the CLC in good standing is invited to be engaged in praying with members in their area who are going through challenges and may submit names to the Chaplain for the CLC Prayer List.

Each Regional Director appoints a representative from their Episcopal District to serve on The CLC We Care Committee.

The persons on this committee are expected to work closely with the Connectional Chaplain to support the following activities:

  1. Report to the Chaplain major health challenges, birthdays and bereavement among the “official family” of Zion (Bishops, Missionary Supervisors, General Officers, i.e.) residing in their region for the CLC Chaplain to respond on behalf of the CLC Executive Board.
  2.  Notify and encourage the Region, Conference or District to establish We Care Committees to facilitate the sending of We Care cards (Sympathy, Birthdays, Encouragement, Get Well), as appropriate.

Young Adult and Youth InitiativeDorothea “Dottie” Stevens”, Chairperson

The mission of the Connectional Lay Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Young Adult and Youth Initiative is to provide early transforming educational and practical experiences in the doctrines, discipline and polity of the A.M.E. Zion Church that will serve to unite, edify, nurture, and encourage the young adult and youth laity.

Election Committee Malcolm Russell, Chairperson
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Establishes the election process by:

  1. Announcing and promoting the elected officers positions open for election;
  2. Establishing the deadline for submission of the candidate information/package;
  3. Determining the eligibility and qualification of candidates;
  4. Planning the “Meet the Candidates Forum” at the seat of the Quadrennial Lay Convention.

Lay Convocation CommitteeLeondras “Lele” Davis

The Convocation shall meet in March of 2020. The purpose shall be to present a forum whereby interested lay persons can meet for discussions of matters to come before the General Conference; develop pending General Conference legislation; invite interested candidates seeking election; and present workshops that will concentrate on the Purposes and Objectives of the Lay Council.