AME Missions

Rev. John W. P. Collier

Secretary of Missions 

Appointed 1969

Elected 1972

A Brief History of the Department of Missions of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Official African Episcopal interest in foreign missions began in 1827 when the Baltimore Conference authorized the dispatch of the Rev. Scipio Bean to Haiti. Prior to this in 1821 the Rev. Daniel Coker, representing the A.M.E. Church, left the United States for West Africa with the first group of persons sent out by the American Colonization Society. In 1840, the Rev. William Paul Quinn was commissioned as our first General Missionary. The present Department of Home and Foreign Missions began functioning with the election of its first Secretary of Missions in 1864, the Rev. John M. Brown. 

The following is a roster of the ministers who have served the Church as Secretary of Missions: 

*Rev. John M. Brown 1864-1868

Rev, James A. Handy 1868-1872

Rev. G. W. Brodie 1872-1876

*Rev. R. H, Cain 1876-1880

Rev. J. M. Townsend 1881-1888

*Rev. W. B, Derrick 1888-1896

*Rev. H. B. Parks 1896-1908

*Rev. W. W. Beckett 1908-1912

Rev. J. W. Rankin  1912-1924

Rev. E. H. Coit 1924-1933

Rev. L. L. Berry 1933-1954

Rev. A. Chester Clark  1954-1968

Rev. Ford Gibson 1968-1969

Rev. John W. P. Collier, Jr. 1969-Present

(*Later elected to the bishopric.) 

 

It should be noted that 14 persons have served in this office since 1864 to the present time. The average tenure was 7.7 years. Since 1896 the average tenure was 9.3 years. Since 1933 the average tenure has increased to 10 years. Seven secretaries have occupied the office for at least two full quadrenniums and four remained in office three full quadrenniums. One distinguished Secretary, the late Rev. L. L. Berry, served God and the Church in this capacity 21 years, more than five quadrenniums.

The 46th Quadrennial General Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2000 changed the name of both the Department of Missions and the title of the Secretary Treasurer of Missions: 

. New named Department

The Department of Global Witness and Ministry 

  • New title of the Director 

Executive Director 

  • Served from 2000 – 202

 

Accomplishments: 

Travelled the Globe making more than 401 international trips abroad from 2000 through 2021

• Tracking success in Mission and Ministry...beyond the boundaries: providing service, meeting a need, challenge a spirit, helping to educate a mind, and providing models for people to be independent

• We relied on partnerships and wonderful relationships of (6) groups to assist whenever we accompanied (A Dentist, Nurses, and MedStudents) on Medical-Missions Trips (4 times a year) into indigenous territories

• Organized a Disaster Relief Endowmentwith a balance of $389,476.00 (designated funds) to help and assist people in communities torn by storms. Served as a companion with other Mission Teams (doing together what we could not do apart) by pooling our resources to provide: cargo of non perishable goods of crackers/lite bread, peanut butter, cases of bottle water, juices, can goods, buckets, mops, Clorox and other germs cleaning concentrated formulas

• Provided and distributed throughout the Connectional Church an “African Methodist Episcopal Church: Guide to Disaster Ministry

• Christmas ‘N’ July Drive, to help indigenous children at Christmastime. This was a major success. 

• GWM Partnerships: Children-Mission Out-Reach Drive, Church World Service Crop Walks and Blanket Program, American Red Cross, Seventh Episcopal District Lay Organization, American Bible Society, Food Pantries Drives, The United Way of America, Nazareth AME Church (Choppee) was a consistent donor (from 2000 through 2021) 

• The MissionsStipends provided through the denomination were consistently given monthly to pastors to assist their families and needs

Member of the World Methodist Council and Conference

Fifteenth World Methodist Conference

Sixteenth World Methodist Conference

Eighteenth World Methodist Conference

Nineteenth World Methodist Conference

Twentieth World Methodist Conference


Nairobi, Kenya

Singapore

Brighton, England

South Korea

Durban, South Africa

July 2229, 1988

July 24-31, 1991

July 25-31, 2001

July 21-27, 2005

August 4-8, 2011


Former Secretaries of Missions

Name

*Reverend John M. Brown

Reverend James A. Handy

Reverend George W. Brodie

Reverend Richard H. Cain

Reverend James M. Townsend

Reverend WIlliam B. Derrick

Reverend Henry B. Parks

Reverend William W. Beckett

Reverend J. W. Rankin

Reverend E.H. Coit

Reverend Lewellyn L. Berry

Reverend Chester A. Clark

Reverend Ford Gibson

Dr. John W. P. Collier, Jr.

Dr. Frederick C. Harrison

Dr. James G. Blake

 

Years of Service

1864-1868

1868-1872

1872-1876

1876-1880

1880-1888

1888-1896

1896-1908

1908-1912

1912-1924

1924-1933

1933-1954

1955-1968

1968-1969

1969-1984

1984-1992

1992-1999

 

Tenure

4

4

4

4

8

8

12

4

12

9

21

13

1

15

8

7

First Executive Director of Department of Global Witness and Ministry

Dr. George Francis Flowers

2000-2021

21

• Denotes elected Bishops of the AME Church