The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest Black religious denomination in America will hold the 49th Session of the General Conference June 27-July 4, 2012 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. The last time the 13th District hosted the General Conference was in 1996 in Louisville, KY., and this year is the first time the conference has been held in Nashville since 1872.

Every four years the AME Church assembles for the General Conference when delegates and leaders from around the world are charged with the responsibility to discuss, debate and pass significant legislation that will impact the mission and ministry. The mission of the AME Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed. Nashville is home of the world famous Fisk University Jubilee Singers. Nashville is part of the 13th Episcopal District, which comprises the states of Tennessee and Kentucky.

The AME Church, which has 7,500 churches in the United States and 3 million members worldwide, The General Conference, held every four years, is expected to draw 30,000 people over seven days. Pastor John J. Hunter and First Lady Denise Hunter along with members of First AME Church of Los Angeles are attending the historic meeting. 

FAME Steward Board Vice Chairperson Mrs. Annie Battle-Bolden is photographed with the Connectional President of the Women's Missionary Society of the AME Church, Mrs. Shirley Cason-Reed. Mrs. Battle-Bolden, a longtime member of FAME Church was recently elected to serve as the Connectional WMS Recording Secretary.
First Lady Denise Hunter is photographed on the stage of the General Conference with the First Lady of First AME Church of Oakland, Mrs. Mary Mayberry. Mrs. Mayberry's husband, Rev. Harold R. Mayberry, was unanimously elected to serve as the Chairman of the Episcopal Committee.

From Left to Right: Melville Perry, Prestonia Dotch, Jacquelyn M. Snead,
Rosalind Perry, Annie Battle Bolden, Sharon Hays.

Pastor John J. Hunter is photographed with the Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry, Chairman of the Episcopal Committee of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Mayberry was recently elected to his third consecutive term as the Chairman of the Episcopal Committee.

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