ABOUT OUR CURCH
The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.
The ultimate purposes are:
make available God’s biblical principles,
spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and
provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.
In order to meet the needs of every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.
Itinerant Deacon & First Lady
Antonio James Itinerant Deacon
The Rev. Amittia Smith is a preacher, teacher, motivational speaker, youth advocate and an everyday extraordinary human being. Her witty presence and intense love for all mankind allow her to work wholeheartedly in her gifts. With a heart to encourage society, she is passionate about uplifting the down trodden and equipping souls for work in the kingdom.
Fondly known as "Rev. T", this humble woman of God, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College, Masters from Clark Atlanta University, and Educational Specialist from, Columbus State University and is in pursuit of a seminary degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has supplemented her educational career by studying abroad, at the University of Seville, in Spain and the University of Cape Coast, In Ghana (West Africa).
Amittia was ordained an itinerant deacon in the AME church in 2015, in the Southeast Alabama conference, where she also pastored at Dunn’s Chapel AME, in Troy. Prior to accepting her call to the ministry, Rev. T, was an active member in the WMS, Sunday school / bible study teacher, YPD Advisor, Minter’s Spouses, and held positions as an officer within the some of the entities, throughout her tenure. Rev. Smith is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Armed with a purpose, destined, determined, and devoted to speaking life and hope into people, Rev.T, has facilitated various workshops and training sessions. A teacher in and out of the church, Rev. Smith is currently a Special Education Teacher; who has taught in the public schools of Georgia and Alabama, and even a prison in Florida. Within the aforementioned assignments she has received numerous awards and accolades, but most importantly she was a prominent part of lives that were molded and transformed into what they were purposed for.
Born in Los Angeles, CA Rev. T, has embraced life in the Southeast and forged forward efficiently and effectively, to embrace sweet home Alabama. Currently, she is a member of the clergy staff at St. John AME Church (FT. Mitchell) where her husband, Rev. Rodney D. Smith is the pastor. They are blessed by God to be the parents of three beautiful, intelligent and loving children, Rosie (12), Royal (9), and Rodney Jeremiah (5).
Rev. James obtained his primary and secondary education within the Russell County public school system. He is a 2006 Graduate of the Russell County High School. After completing high school, he entered Culinard at Virginia College in Birmingham, Alabama, where he graduated in 2008 with an Associates in Culinary Arts. He went on to obtain his Bachelors of Arts degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management through Le Cordon Bleu. After obtaining these degrees he became the proprietor of Out Of Sight Catering & Event Décor. He is also employed as a Chef and Dietary Manager for an Alzheimer’s facility.
Rev. James accepted his God given purpose on September 22, 2013, and preached his first sermon on February 5, 2014. He was then licensed to preach the gospel by Presiding Elder Samuel Smith at the St. John A.M.E. Church, in Ft. Mitchell, Alabama. He was Ordained at the 6th session of the Northeast Alabama conference on October 16, 2015 by Bishop James L. Davis.
Rev. James is currently enrolled at The Interdenominational Theological Center, in Atlanta Ga, pursuing his Masters of Divinity Degree. Rev. James serves as the proud pastor of the Tennille Chapel A.M.E. Church in Eufaula, Alabama. He has a passion for feeding people physically, but more than anything enjoys seeing lives changed by feeding people spiritually.
Reverend Arthur Washington
Rev. Arthur D. Washington. Sr. has served comprehensively in the United States Army since joining in August 18, 1997. He was raised in Gary, Indiana and in December of 1996 Rev Washington received his calling and was licensed to Preach in the same year at Bethel A.M.E Church Rising, Birmingham, Alabama and in 2001 was ordained Itinerant Elder in the 13th Episcopal District (Tennessee). Currently He is the Pastor of St. Mark A.M.E Church, Troy, Alabama. He has been married for the past 20 years to Salintha W. Washington and they have 2 Children Andrea D. Washington a Sophomore at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA and one Son Arthur D. Washington II, a Junior in High School.
Rev Washington is attending Central Texas College ( Fort Benning, GA) in pursuit of Associate Degree in General Studies which he will receive in June of 2016. In Military Education, Rev Washington has risen to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Upon completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, he was awarded the military occupation specialty Chaplain Assistant and is a graduate of the US Army Senior Leadership Course (SLC), Advance Leader Course (ALC) and Basic Leader Course (BLC). He holds a myriad of military certifications in the areas of Sharp Course, Master Resiliency Trainer (MRT), Chaplaincy/Resource Manager Course, Combative Level 1, Master Driver Trainer, Combat Life Savers Course, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade, Emergency Medical Ministry, NA Chaplain Fund Customer Course, Hygiene/Sanitation Course and Air Assault.