Young Adults


The Young Adults in Christian Ministries was accepted as the third division of the Christian Education Department at the 1986 Convention on Christian Education (Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina). In 1990, history records YACM as officially organized at the Convention on Christian Education at Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina.



  • The Young Adults in Christian Ministries shall:

  • Serve as a policy making body for the young adults of the AME Zion Church
  • Cultivate Young Adult membership in the AME Zion Church
  • Promote ecumenical involvement on all levels
  • Make recommendations in those areas which are Young Adult concerns to the 
Connectional Steering Committee
  • Aid Local, District, Conference and Episcopal units of the Young Adults in Christian 
Ministries and other Young Adult organizations
  • Develop workshops and/or seminars that promote the sharing of information on the 
problems and concerns that face young adults in today’s society
  • Provide for the development of leadership skills and abilities among the Young Adults of 
the denomination. Also, to challenge their involvement in the total ministry of the church


To encourage and motivate young adults to maintain committed lives to Christ and practice Christian principles. Provide an atmosphere in which young adults can develop and demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities to the furthering of Christian Education within and throughout the Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church


To develop workshops, seminars, task forces, revivals, retreats, panel discussions and activities that will enrich both the social and spiritual lives of young adults.​


All members of YACM are encouraged to serve on a committee to assist the Connectional Officers with planning and executing initiatives that will be beneficial to the members throughout the church.


Bryle Hatch, Chairperson

The Budget Committee is responsible for developing and monitoring the financial concerns and responsibilities of the organization.


Bryle Hatch, Chairperson

The Education/Scholarship Committee is responsible for identifying methods to encourage academic education and workforce development among young adults to develop a process and procedure to award scholarships and micro grants.


Rev. Tina Betts, Chairperson

The Health Initiatives Committee is responsible for providing information for members that will encourage a healthy lifestyle.


Quantae Walker, Chairperson

The International Outreach Committee is responsible for making and maintaining contacts with young adults outside of the continental United States with the intention of finding strategies to include them in the planning and leadership of YACM.


Xellex Rivera, Chairperson

The Mentoring Committee is responsible for establishing a process and procedure for mentoring on the following levels - ViCYC/YACM, YACM1/YACM2, YACM/ACE.


Rev. George William Whitfield, Chairperson

The Membership Committee is responsible for determining the status of each member as well as ways to attract new members.


Darlene Butler, Chairperson

The Prayer Cell Committee is responsible for creating programs that enhance the prayer life of young adults throughout the Connection.


Rev. Javan Leach, Chairperson

The Program Committee is responsible for planning and scheduling events that enhance growth and development within the organization.


Tysha Thompson, Chairperson

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for communicating the policies and actions of the organization to the public at large as well as promoting and marketing ministry to young adults within and outside of Zion.


Xellex Rivera, Chairperson

The Red and Gold Committee is responsible for developing social and community service activities.


Quinta Ellis, Chairperson

The Social Action Committee is responsible for presenting an organized response on behalf of the Steering Committee and developing practical means for young adults to engage in initiatives related to the political process and social justice.


The Young Adults in Christian Ministries shall be composed of all young adults between the ages of 22 and 40 in the AME Zion denomination. However, allowances will be made on all levels for those whose life circumstances dictate a younger age that they are no longer youths. Memberships can be purchased online at



Symbolizes power and the redemptive work of the blood of Jesus. It is also the color used consistently by all divisions of the Christian Education Department.


Symbolizes royalty. We are a chosen people and part of a royal priesthood.


Diamond is a jewel symbolizing Jesus, the (priceless) jewel, who is our Savior and Lord. The diamond is “superimposed” upon the cross, which is a symbol that Christ is our foundation. The Cross is a symbol of Calvary where Jesus bled and died for our salvation. The Cross bridges us to our precious jewel of salvation – Jesus – and the open cross represents the “Victory” of salvation. The colors are Red (cross), Gold (Jewel) and Black (lettering).


"Pass It On"

It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing That’s how it with God’s love;
Once you’ve experience it
You spread His love to everyone;
You want to pass it on.

What a wondrous time is spring, When all the trees are budding, The birds begin to sing
The flowers start their blooming; That’s how it is with God’s love, Once you’ve experienced it

You want to sing, it’s fresh like spring, You want to pass it on.

I wish for you, my friend,
This happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him
It matters not where you’re bound; I’ll shout it from the mountaintop
I want my world to know;
The Lord of love has come to me I want to pass it on.


he goal of the 2014-2018 Connectional Steering Committee is to engage, educate and elevate young adults to achieve holistic balance that will allow them to live beyond the bounds of the secular world and become credible, committed Christian disciples.

  • 2015 Focus: Strengthen the young adult ministries within Zion because our gifts are needed and important in the life of the AME Zion Church.
  • 2016 Focus: Build relationships with young adults outside of Zion to expand our outreach opportunities.
  • 2017 Focus: Engage in opportunities for international ministry to create an exchange of ideas and to cultivate world change agents for the kingdom of God. 

  • 2018 Focus: Equip the next group of young adults to serve on the Steering Committee. 


Sis. LaKesha Womack


Rev. Javan Leach


Erin Brazley

Executive Secretary

Bryle Hatch


Darlene Butler


Rev. Philmont Bostic


Tysha Thompson

Member at Large

Xellex Rivera

Eastern Regional Chair

Quantae Walker

Mid-Western Regional Chair

Rev. Tina Betts

South Central Regional Chair

Quinta Ellis

Southeastern Regional Chair

Rev. George William Whitfield

Western Regional Chair

Sis. LaKendra Hightower

Central Regional Chair