LEADERSHIP

Rev. Anthony Vinson, Sr., Director of International Music and Christian Arts Ministry for the AME Church. Anthony B. Vinson, Sr. is a native of Indianapolis, IN and matriculated at The New England Conservatory of Music and at Boston University School of Theology. He has served in Music Ministry for over 30 years and has 13 years of pastoral experience. He presently serves as the Minister of Music for the St. John AME Church in Aurora, IL  as well as providing musical and artistic leadership for the Fourth Episcopal District and the Chicago Annual Conference of the AME Church.

Rev. Wright2Rev. Maurice Wright, II. Associate Director of Music and Christian Arts Ministry

  Maurice Wright II serves as Senior Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Alexandria Louisiana. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Tacoma Washington and Portland Oregon.   Rev. Wright is a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School in Portland Oregon. He also studied at Wilberforce University and Portland Bible College. He completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia in the area of Choral Conducting and Voice Performance. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.  Rev. Wright believes is a gifted musician, preacher and dedicated servant leader. He has traveled the country spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the preached word and the gift of song.

HOPERA- Holiday -34Adrian Dunn, Director of Youth & Young Adult ministry/ AME Live Album Producer Is an accomplished singer, composer & vocal coach. Native of Cleveland, Ohio Mr. Dunn recently won 4 awards including Album Producer of the year for AME LIVE from the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. Native of Cleveland Ohio, Mr. Dunn is a Mac Arthur Foundation and Richard Dreihaus Foundation award recipient for his original work, HOPERA: A Hip Hop Opera. The Chicago Sun Times hails “Dunn’s [Hopera] score is hugely impressive…Superb and powerfully sung”. Mr. Dunn has presented lectures & performances on HOPERA & Black music at Clark Atlanta University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago & Bowling Green State University & West Virginia University. He is the former Artistic Director of the Legacy Black Music Project at Roosevelt University, former music director at Grant AME Church & Bethel AME Church. He has sang in Italy, Finland, Estonia, South Africa, England and throughout the US. As an active singer choral director & vocal coach he has worked with Tremaine Hawkins, Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, Higher Ground Gospel Choir (Finland), Damien Sneed, Tony Momrelle (UK band Incognito), Rena Darling (EU), Max C (EU), International AME Church Mass Choir, Northwestern University Gospel Choir, West Virginia University Gospel Choir, Walt Whitman & Soul Children of Chicago & the Chicago Children’s Choir.  He has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, & numerous orchestras throughout Chicago. Currently Mr. Dunn is completing his most recent album Hopera: Live from New York and releasing his first book Your Voice Unleashed. Mr. Dunn’s private vocal clients can be seen on Broadway in Lion King, Ghost, RENT, BET show Sundays Best, Black Ensemble Theater & on tours throughout the US. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Music & Master of Music from Roosevelt University Chicago with additional studies at Sibelius Academy of Music, Finland.

Stephanie ButlerRev. Stephanie Butler Adams, Director Liturgical Dance

She holds dual undergraduate degrees in Journalism (B.S.) & Dance (B.A.) from the University of Maryland, post graduate (M.A.Th.) in Theology from the United Theological College of the West Indies, and Certification from the University of CA Cecil Murray Center for Religion and Civic Engagement . Prior to her transition from professional dance performance and corporate consulting in Quality Assurance for Fortune 500 companies, to full-time missions ministry 12 years ago, Stephanie sat under the tutelage of some of the best choreographers, dancers, movement analysts, and institutions across the nations including the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), Kei Ta-kei & Moving Earth (Japan), Improvisations Unlimited (Washington, DC), the Laban Institute of Movement (NYC), and many others. Rev. Stephanie is the Founding Director and CEO of Spirit of Praise Sacred Artistry International, International Director of Liturgical Dance for the AME Church under the directive of the Music & Christian Arts Ministry (MCAM), and creator/producer of The Dancer In Me Annual Performing Arts & Music Training Institute. IGuest Presenter at the World Conference Against Racism (Barbados – 2001), the United Nations NGO Women’s Conference (New York, 1999), and many print media articles. To date, Stephanie is the longest-serving African American female minister from the AME Church to serve in a full-time international missions capacity outside of the United States. Recently, Stephanie and Stephen Adams were nominated for the Gordon Lentzner Humanitarian Award through the California Conference for Equality and Justice for the outstanding work in the areas of community engagement and the Arts. She serves as an Assistant Minister on staff with Christ Our Redeemer (COR) AME Church in the 5th Episcopal District under the leadership of Pastor Mark Whitlock.

 Beverly Hall, Recording Secretary

Beverly M. Hall is currently serving in the 6th Episcopal District, where she is a member and serves as Choir Director at St. Philip AME Church, Savannah, GA. She is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and has served as Assistant Choir Director, Greater Grant Memorial AME Church. Beverly studied piano and voice under  the tutelage of Verdelle Sullivan at the Sullivan Cultural Arts Studio. She was also treasurer of the Verdelle Sullivan Community Showcase, Inc. in Jacksonville. Beverly enjoys the ministry of music and shares her talents and gifts with choirs and praise teams in the church and also community organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Wayne Singleton, Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Wayne M. Singleton is a member of the 7th Episcopal District.  His home church is Friendship AME Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC.  He is a Minister of Music at the Greater St. Luke AME Church, Charleston, SC and he holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Voorhees College and is currently pursuing an MBA from Strayer University.

Rev. Myron Hill, Parliamentarian Myron Hill is a native of  Shulerville, South Carolina and serves as the pastor of  Cypress Chapel AME Church, Abbeville, SC .   He received a BA, History from South Carolina State University and the Master of Divinity from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in 2002, with a concentration Church Administration and Leadership. He also serves as Co-Director of the Abbeville-Greenwood District Choirs, Musician for the Piedmont Annual Conference and he is also President/Co-Director, Greenwood (SC) Area Martin Luther King, Jr., Mass Choir.

Dr. Jimmie James, Ph.D, Historiographer, Director Emeritus

Dr. James recently retired as Chair of the Department of Music and Professor of Music at Jackson State University after serving the institution for 43 years.  He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Jackson State University in 1960, in three years, where he was the first tuba major, graduating cum laude; He received the M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was the first African-American to receive that degree.  Dr. James is the first Connectional Director of Music for the A.M.E/ Church and is a contributor to Songs of Praise, a song book published by the A.M.E. church.  He served as Director of the highly successful Annual Church Music Workshop sponsored by J/S/U; and the Eighth Episcopal District of the AME Church.  Presently, he is Minister of Music, Director of the Sanctuary Choir and a member of the Steward Board and Lay Organization of Pearl Street A.M.E. Church in Jackson.

Dr. Jesse Owens, Dean of Certificate in Church Music (CICM)                 

Dexter Harris, Membership Chair Person

Sam Robinson, Chairman, Education Committee

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