CME Church

Hames Appointed Bishop of CME Ninth District

The Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr., most recently the pastor of Beebe Memorial Cathedral CME Church in Oakland, is now the new presiding prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

CMEs Hold ‘Love for YOUR Journey’

The Los Angeles – San Diego District of the CME Church sponsored “Love for Your Journey” on March 27, and the response was overwhelming. A huge crowd tuned in for the international, intercontinental, interdenominational and interracial virtual event. The Christian Coalition, a collaboration of the Christian community that includes the CME Church’s L.A.-S.D. Department of Evangelism and the Christians 4 Salvation outreach ministry, sponsored the program, which focused on the emotional and spiritual impact COVID-19. According to Dr. Vanilla Brooks, Evangelism Dept. chair, the event was presented to “encourage both Christians and non-Christians, assuring them of God’s Love, and His

CMEs Honor Bettye Faye Nichols

More than 100 people came out to The Quiet Cannon Restaurant to salute Bettye Faye Nichols, the director emerita of the CME Southern California Region Department of Public Relations. Nichols, a long-time Sentinel contributor, has devoted 30+ years to publicizing the activities of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, both on a local and national level. The event, held on March 7, was presented to recognize her legacy of dedicated professional service. The participants included Diana Winton, emcee; Ray Thomas, soloist; and Dr. Vanilla Brooks, SCR public relations director. The Rev. Bernard Jackson, pastor of Phillips Temple CME Church; and the

CME SoCal Region Holds 33rd Annual Conference

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recently held its 33rd Southern California Annual Conference at Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church in Los Angeles. The theme was “The Investment Factor: Expressing God’s Love through Missions and Outreach!” Bishop Bobby R. Best, presiding prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District, requested Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District, to oversee the proceedings in his absence. Other leaders included the Rev. Travis A. Morris, host presiding elder of the Los Angeles-San Diego District; the Rev. Mark A. Hardin, presiding elder of the Los Angeles District; and the Rev. Bernard M. Jackson, host pastor.

CMEs Plan Spring Convocation and Quadrennial Celebration

The Southern California Region of the CME Church will open their Spring Convocation and Quadrennial Celebration on Friday, April 13, at Lewis Metropolitan CME Church, 4900 S. Western Ave., in Los Angeles. Bishop Bobby R. Best, presiding prelate of the CME Ninth Episcopal District, will oversee the gathering. The Rev. Travis Morris is the host pastor. Activities begin with registration at 8 a.m. The agenda includes worship services, business sessions and leadership development training. At 1 p.m., Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the AME Fifth Episcopal District, will be the keynote speaker at the Closing Worship Service. On

Best Convenes Historic Joint CME Annual Conference

                                                      Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick In a bold and historic move, Bishop Bobby Best, presiding prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will gather the district’s five regions together for one combined annual conference session. The joint session takes place on Friday, July 21, through Saturday, July 22, at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa, 8000 South Arizona Grand Parkway in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme is “The Investment Factor:

Bishop Best Announces CME Pastoral Appointments

The 31st Session of the Southern California Region Annual Conference of the CME Church closed August 10 with the announcement of the pastoral appointments by Bishop Bobby R. Best, presiding prelate of the 9th Episcopal District. In the Los Angeles District, the Rev. Mark A. Hardin was named presiding elder and pastor of Hays Tabernacle. Other appointments were the Rev. Joseph C. Gardner, Sr. – Curry Temple, the Rev. John Deron Johnson – Calvary, the Rev. Dr. Darryl J. Wesley – Amos Temple, the Rev. Jackie May – Phillips Chapel, the Rev. Terry T. Tapley – Greater Phillips Chapel, the

CME Missionaries honor Bettye Nichols

Mrs. Bettye Faye Nichols was honored on February 5 during the Los Angeles District Conference of the Southern California Region of the Ninth Episcopal District of the CME Church. A missionary for more than 34 years, Mrs. Nichols was recognized for her outstanding and dedicated service at all levels of the organization. District Presiding Elder and Pastor Willie B. E. Boyd, Jr., of Lewis Metropolitan C.M.E. Church joined District Missionary President Shirley Levingston in making the presentation. Expressing her appreciation for the tribute, Mrs. Nichols said, “To God be the glory always to all I have touched throughout my missionary