"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming."

— Ephesians 4:11-14 (NIV)


The Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church will become a premiere resource for the development of credible, committed Christian disciples with a specific emphasis on discipleship with African-Americans and those throughout the African diaspora.

Strategic Priorities

  1. Spiritual Resurgence — Through doctrinally sound education and training, fuel the fire of faith to increase knowledgeable zeal.
  2. Structural Redirection — Examine the current structure of the Department and realign to serve the present age.
  3. Scholastic Reengagement — Establish programs of academic enrichment for the local church to foster academic excellence.


The mission of the Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is to promote and supervise Christian training that fosters the development of credible, committed Christian disciples. Through Biblically-based, doctrinally sound, innovative and relevant education, training and worship, the Department works collaboratively with the Board of Christian Education to disciple the entire membership of the denomination.

Goals & Objectives

By 2016 improve financial health of the Department by generating resources for Departmental programming.

  1. Immediately implement a financial management system that complies with effective accounting practices and denominational regulations.
  2. Establish financial reporting system for organizations within CED by June 2014.
  3. Pay off current debts by 2013.
  4. By August 31st, 2014 develop and implement a strategy to generate profit from the CED Winter Meetings.
  5. By January 2016, develop and implement a strategy to obtain external funds to support departmental initiatives.

By July 2014 establish an organizational structure that supports 21st century disciple-making needs.

  1. Introduce new departmental structure to Board of Christian Education by August 31st, 2012.
  2. By August 2012 begin identifying transformational leaders with gifts, skills and expertise that aligns with department’s vision, mission and goals.
  3. Throughout the quadrennial period implement teambuilding and performance excellence training for departmental leaders.

Expand efforts to fortify discipleship endeavors of local churches within the denomination.

  1. Assess discipleship needs of local congregations by July 2016.
  2. Develop on line discipleship curriculum for all ages by by July 2016.
  3. Plan and implement relevant WM and Quadrennial Convention programming that can be utilized in the local church regardless of size.
  4. By December 2012 establish a Spiritual Formation Commission to develop curriculum and ministry that aids in faith development.
  5. By December 2012 establish Commission on Family Life to develop relevant ministry to serve the needs of 21st century families.

Cultivate leadership effectiveness of each department within the CED.

  1. By February 2013, assess effectiveness of the three departments by conducting internal and external surveys.
  2. By December 2012 establish Commission on Leadership Excellence to establish leadership development strategy for the denomination.
  3. By December 2012 establish Commission on Spiritual Formation to develop strategy for effective faith development of each population within the church.

By December 2015, establish a plan to expand effective ministry to youth and young adults.

  1. Immediately organize Commission on Youth Ministry to provide ministry to youth at each adolescent development cycle (middle school, high school, emerging adults).
  2. Through Director(s) of Young Adults and YACM Steering Committee, provide resources to the local church for discipleship of young adults.

By July 2016, establish a plan to effectively minister to adults 40 and over.

  1. By January 2016, establish a Commission on Adult Ministry to develop discipleship plan for persons 40-65.
  2. In accordance with mandate in Discipline, establish an Institute on Aging for persons to disciple persons over 65.

By December 2015, establish a Commission on Scholastic Engagement to develop initiatives that foster academic excellence within the African-American community.

  1. By October, 2015 identify members of Commission on Scholastic Engagement.

Board Members

Bishop Dennis V. Proctor

Bishop Dennis V. Proctor


Bishop W. Darin Moore

Bishop W. Darin Moore

1st Vice Chairman

Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett, Jr.

Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett, Jr.

2nd Vice Chairman

  • Rev. Haven Anderson – Piedmont
  • Dr. Rita J. Colbert – Mid-Atlantic II
  • Rev. Dr. Cynthia Willis-Stewart - Northeastern
  • Mrs. Ruthie King – Mid-Atlantic I
  • Rev. Erlinda Dobson – Eastern North Carolina
  • Miss Brenda Chisholm – South Atlantic
  • Rev. Dr. Anthony Witherspoon – Mid-West
  • Ms. Velvet Caldwell – Alabama-Florida
  • Mrs. Ava Swinton – Southwestern Delta
  • Rev. Robert Kemp – Western
  • Mrs. Leondra Davis - Western West Africa
  • Rev. Dr. I.E. Umoingang– Eastern West African