COMMISSIONS AND MINISTRIES
Pastor and Steward Board
The mission of the Benevolence Committee is to develop, recommend, and oversee policies and procedures that establish the type, amount, and frequency of assistance to individuals or families who request assistance.
The committee investigates and administers benevolence resources as needed. The committee also works with other groups in the church that provide benevolent actions as well as sharing information about community agencies and their resources to those who may need assistance.
Pastor and Steward Board
The Bereavement Committee is an expression of sympathy from the Parks Chapel AME Church family, bringing support and comfort to our members who have experienced a loss. The Committee provides both practical assistance and emotional support to our members and their families.
Church School teaches our youths and adults how to study the Bible, pray, and grow spiritually. The purpose of church school is to encourage our believers to apply the Word of God to everyday life.
CLASS LEADERS’ COUNCIL
Class Leaders are dedicated members who are focused on the tasks of providing spiritual support and guidance to the members of the church. The duties of the class leader are to communicate regularly with their class members by telephone, email, letter, visits, or social gatherings to inquire how each soul is prospering. They are to provide advice, guidance, and counsel and be a listening ear to the concerns and/or issues of their class members.
The Office Staff
The Ministry of the Flower Guild is to assist in beautifying our house of worship with floral arrangements, always giving consideration to the seasons of the church and types of services. The culmination of this ministry is seen through weekly memorials in the Sanctuary.
Sis. Carolyn Hall, President
The purpose of the Lay Organization is to instill in its membership a love and appreciation for the history, tradition, and principles of African Methodism; advocate respect and loyalty to constituted authority; encourage the support of the total program of the local church; foster systematic and regular study which will provide greater knowledge and participation in the church; organizing and training lay members concerning goals and objectives of the Connectional Lay Organization.
Bro. Mark Smith, President
The choir shall be composed of men of good reputation who respect The Book of Discipline of the AMEC and who will be governed by its rules of worship. Men with an abiding respect for the Bible, a deep Faith in Jesus.
MEN OF ALLEN
Bro. Michael Carthwright, President
The Sons of Allen Ministry is the official Men’s Ministry of the AME Church which fosters an atmosphere where men are inspired through worship, study, and prayer to have fellowship and relationship with God and their fellowmen. The Sons of Allen will build men as providers, protectors, and producers for their families and their communities.
Among the several goals of the ministry, the primary goal is to lead men into a solid relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Their relationship with God is nurtured through learning about the power of prayer, experiencing the wonder of worship, and sensing sacrifice of service to others. Their salvation in Christ makes men priests for the family and community.
The Sons of Allen develop and encourage men to be leaders and role models for young people and commit to building the Kingdom of God.
Rite of Passage
Bro. Joel Rucker, Director
The Rites of Passage Program is a Parks Chapel AME program for boys only and parallels the College Bound Program, which seeks to help students discover and achieve their career objectives.
STEWARDSHIP AND FINANCE
Bro. Olonzo Woodfin, Financial Secretary
Recognizing that “everything belongs to God” the Stewardship and Finance Committee promotes and cultivates stewardship through ongoing education to the congregation and administers the Financial Ministry of the church. As Christians, we are called to give on every occasion in obedience to God. The Committee accurately accounts for all financial inflows and outflows of the church in a timely manner.
Sis. Wilhma Flagg
The women of the Stewardess Board are servants of God in good character and standing in the AME Church, whose purpose is to support the vision and mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Stewardess Board provides the sacred implements of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. They dress the pulpit and altar for various seasons of the Christian year and attend to the needs of the pastor and the ministerial staff during worship service.
Sis. Paula Grace Watkins, Pro Tem
A Steward must be of sold piety, know and love the Word of God, the African Methodist Episcopal Church Doctrine, and The Book of Discipline of the AME Church. The purpose of the Steward Board is to set spiritual goals in keeping with the Pastor’s vision.
Bro. William Watkins, Chair Pro Tem
In the AME Church, those elected to the office of trustee are not only holders of an office of trust but are also temporal caretakers for and of the Kingdom of God.
Trustees in the African Methodist Episcopal Church have the responsibility of all church property. Trustees are stewards who oversee the management, care and maintenance, development, and acquisition of all properties belonging to the Church, and use of property. They are continuously engaged in making the facilities better and safer. They support the goals and initiative of the Pastor’s vision for growth and community outreach.
Sis. Bonnye Berry, President
Ushers are committed to providing services and keeping order in the House of Prayer. Greeters provide a warm and sincere welcome to ALL people who enter the doors of the church.
PRISCILLA HAWKINS WOMEN’S MISSIONARY SOCIETY
Sis. Tracy Dickason, President
As women called to discipleship to grow in the knowledge and experience of God through Jesus Christ, committed to supporting the mission of the church and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are challenged to help one another engage in ministry and action, grow and respond in faith to God’s redemptive plan for the church, the society, and the world.
YOUNG PEOPLE’S AND CHILDREN’S DIVISION
Sis. Rebecca Anderson and Devon and Martina Berry, Directors
Young People’s Department is a youth organization established as a Christian Education agency of the AME Church to facilitate the Christian development of youth.
Established in 1915, it is under the auspice of the Women’s Missionary Society. The purpose of the YPD is to implement a youth missionary program at the local church level.
Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday at 12:30 p.m.