Fifth Episcopal District, CME Church
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Presiding Prelate

Winter Holiday 2018 Edition

5th District Fall Accounting Meetings Information

The Registration form is posted at .  Pre-registration is closed. Dowload form and register on-site! DON'T FORGET TO BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS TO DONATE!

November 30-December 1, 2018

Meetings at Southside CME Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Hotel - The Hamilton Inn (formerly Hampton Inn) 4910 Civic Lane, Bessemer AL. (205) 425-2010.  The rate is $69.00. Please use code CME Church. Rates are available up until Nov. 30, providing rooms are available.
FLORIDA REGION - December 7-8, 2018
Meetings at Mt. Olive CME Church, Orlando, Florida
Hotel - Doubletree at Universal Studios, 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, 407-351-1000. Rate: $109 plus tax. Deadline for reservations: November 7, 2018  Group Name: The CME Church/Carter Tabernacle
5 pm Bishop and Presiding Elders meet
6 pm Dinner meeting with Bishop, Presiding Elders, Treasurers, and Joint           Board of Finance
7 pm Presiding Elders settle with Joint Board of Finance
9:00 am   Devotions
9:30 am   Business Session
11:00 am Founders' Day History, Celebration and Worship
1:00 pm   Presiding Elders Reports
1:45 pm   Dismissal 



Thanks to all the host churches and pastors for the hospitality during our Annual Conferences!

We welcome the new OASIS CME CHURCH, Tuscaloosa and pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Sr. to the North Central Alabama Region! The church worships at 2101 Bowers Park Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.

We welcome the following pastors to the Fifth Episcopal District!
  • Rev. Velma Thomas, pastor, St. Paul CME, Jacksonville, AL
  • Rev. Michael Williams, pastor, Unity CME, Bessemer, AL
  • Rev. Javon Jackson, pastor, Phillips Temple CME, Phenix City, AL
  • Rev. Rose Archer (Chaplain, Tallahassee Medical Center)
  • Rev. Andrew Archer (minister-on-trial, St. James CME, Tallahassee)
The Districts of the Florida Region have been reconfigured and now include:
  • North Florida District - Rev. Oscar Massey, Presiding Elder
  • Central Florida District - Rev. Dr. James Morris, Presiding Elder
  • South Florida District - Rev. Calvin Hopkins, Presiding EldeR
Thanks to all who donated to the CME Disaster Fund to assist victims of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael! Your generosity has enabled us to assist churches and families in need.


Register now for the Phillips School of Theology 
Pastor's Conference (January 7-10, 2019 in Atlanta) at



Health Challenges and General Needs

We are delighted to welcome REV. GLORIA  LONGSTREET , the Fifth District's Administrative Assistant, back to work after almost a month in the hospital and several weeks at home! Continue to pray for her healing!

Rev. Evelyn Weaver (surgery), pastor, New Hope CME, Pinkneyville, AL
Rev. Roscoe McKinney, III (knee surgery), co-pastor, Williams Tabernacle CME, Jasper, FL
Rev. Eddie Marzett (knee surgery), pastor, Hopewell CME, Monroeville, AL
Rev. Jasmine Agnew (illness), pastor, Mays Chapel CME, Sipsey, AL
Rev. Troy Johnson (broken ankle), pastor, St. Mark CME, Edgewater, Birmingham, AL
Rev. Bridgette Houston (upcoming surgery), Episcopal District Coordinator, One Church One School
Rev. Charles Dale (back surgery), retired, Huntsville District
Rev. Conway Spears (illness), retired, Anniston District
Mrs. Rickey Jones (surgery), first lady, Macedonia CME, Ansley, AL
Mrs. Mary Stallings (illness), former Missionary President, Florida Region

Congratulations to Crystal Waddy Cunningham, Director of Christian Education,  and her husband, Antwane, on the birth of their twins- a boy and a girl in September! Although they were born premature, they are growing and came home this week! Keep them in prayer!

Grief and Bereavement
Rev. Hazel Kirksey, pastor, Cooper-Lewis CME, Chatom, AL lost her daughter, Shermone Mitchell.
Rev. Joe Kelly, pastor, Acklin Chapel CME, Gurley, AL lost his daughter, Tia.
Rev. Donald Craig, pastor, St. Paul CME, Gordonsville, AL lost his daughter, LaTonya Harvey.
Rev. Loren Manley, pastor, Liberty CME, Lafayette, AL and Sweet Hope CME, Cussetta, AL lost his mother.
Rev. Earlie Douthard, Anniston District, lost her sister.
Rev. Neolin Craig, retired, Mobile District, lost his sister, Hobson.
Rev. Byron Houston, Acks Chapel CME, Gordo, AL pastor and Rev. Bridgette Houston, lost their grandmother.
Rev. Sherrie Thompson, minister, Cherokee CME, lost her son.
Mr. William Henry, Florida Region Treasurer, lost his sister, Marva.
Mrs. Eloise Bozeman, former Secretary, Birmingham Region, lost her grandson.
Mr. Joseph Crumbley, Trinity CME, Miami, lost his son Jeffrey.
Mr. Nathan Love, lay leader, Jacksonville, lost his mother-in-law.
Mrs. Sarah Farris, Missionary leader, Birmingham Region, died.
Mrs. Ruby O'Korley, minister's widow, Birmingham Region, died.
Mrs. Earline Bynum, minister's widow, North Central Alabama Region, died.
December 11-14, 2018 Conference of National Black Churches, Orlando, Florida
Saturday, December 15, 2018 CME Founders' Day Worship Celebration, Jackson, TN
January 7-10, 2019 Phillips School of Theology PASTORS' CONFERENCE and Founder's Day, Crowne Plaza Airport, Atlanta, GA
Friday, March 8, 2019 Miles College Founders' Day Celebration
Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, 2019   Alabama [T1]  Regions Spring Convocation
Thursday-Friday, March 28-29, 2019 Presiding Elder's Retreat
Saturday, March 30, 2019   Florida Region Spring Convocation

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