Dr. Shirley Cason-Reed, international president of the Women ‘s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the guest speaker for Annual Missionary Day on Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m., at First AME Church of Los Angeles (FAME). The public is invited to attend.
The service, themed “Excellence in Worship -Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” will be part of a day-long celebration of the role and work of missionaries within the church and outside the walls.
“We are honored to have Dr. Cason-Reed as our speaker,” said Vivian Hines, president of FAME’s Sarah Allen’s Women’s Missionary Society (WMS). “Her 34 years of exemplary service to our denomination’ s WMS continues to be an inspiration to countless ‘Women in White’ throughout the world .”
As president, Dr. Cason-Reed oversees the work of missionaries throughout the AME Connection, which is comprised of 20 Episcopal Districts in 39 countries on five continents. The work includes bringing souls to Christ, promoting health and wellness, encouraging economic development and speaking out for peace and social justice.
A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, she is an honors graduate of Madison University.
Additionally, she received an honorary doctorate in 2010, from the AME University in Monrovia, Liberia. Married to the Reverend Dr. Rodger Hall Reed, Sr., she is the mother of six and grandmother of 11. She is the author of several periodicals, including “Missions in Action,” a missionary handbook.
FAME Church, the oldest African American congregation in Los Angeles, is located at 2270 S. Harvard Boulevard. The activities of FAME’s Sarah Allen WMS include: visiting the sick and shut-in, distributing food and clothing to the needy, hosting a bi-annual Hunger Walk and sponsoring a bi-annual Debutantes and Masters for Christ Cotillion, which raises funds for college scholarships.
For information, call (323) 735-1251 or visit famechurch.org.