With the retirement of two general officers and the recent passing of another, the Conference sought to fill those positions and decide on several more that were contested.

Below is a listing of what the outcomes were after the voting on Friday night:

General Secretary-Auditor
Dr. W. Robert Johnson III returns for what he terms his last four years of service in this position.

Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Shirley Welch retains her position as it was not contested.

Director of Evangelism
Dr. Otis T. McMillian retains his position as it was not contested.

Secretary, Christian Education
Reverend Kathy Brown fills this position with the retirement of Dr. Raymon Hunt

Editor, Church School Literature
Dr. Mary A. Love retains her position as it was not contested.

Editor, Star of Zion
Mrs. Addie Lisby fills this position with the recent passing of her husband and long time Editor of the Star, Mr. Michael Lisby

Secretary-Treasurer, Overseas Missions/Editor, Missionary Seer
Dr. Kermit J. DeGraffenreidt retains his position as it was not contested.

Editor, Quarterly Review/Secretary, Historical Society
Reverend Dr. William McKenith fills this position with the retirement of Dr. James Armstrong. Dr. McKenith is out of the New Jersey Conference of Mid-Atlantic I Episcopal District.

Secretary-Treasurer, Brotherhood Pensions
Mr. David Aiken, former President of the Connectional Lay Council takes over this position.

Secretary-Treasurer, Church Extension and Home Missions
This position, by the approval of the General Conference, is slated to be merged under the Bureau of Evangelism with a new departmental name. Reverend Terrance Jones will retain his position as it was not contested, however, Reverend Jones, under this new structure will report to the Director of Evangelism.

Director, Department of Health and Social Concerns
Dr. Bernard Sullivan retains his position.

Director, Public Affairs
Reverend George E. McKain II retains his position as it was not contested.


  • February 12-16, 2018
    Board of Bishops' and International Ministers & Lay Association Meeting
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
    235 East Main Street
    Norfolk, VA
    Register by February 5, 2018!
  • February 14, 2018
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday is always celebrated on a Wednesday seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. For Christians, the day marks the first day of Lent and the starting of 6 weeks of fasting and penance.
  • February 14-March 29, 2018
    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday each year and for Christians starts the 40 day period of fasting. The day represents the 40 days Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness.
  • February 14, 2018
    Valentine's Day
    We love because he first loved us 1 John 4:19
  • March 11, 2018
    Daylight Savings Time
    Spring forward - Turn your clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (At 2 a.m. on March 11th, the clocks after they are moved forward an hour, will read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

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