Penny Oliver

Jesus called fishermen, businessmen, hated tax collectors, feared soldiers, mothers, widows, prostitutes, the able-bodied, the infirm, people with faith, people without faith and Laypersons across the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  I am persuaded to believe because of the calling of Laypersons like us,  if we united our hearts and minds together in one band of Christian love and allow ourselves to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve not only serve this great church of Allen, but all of humankind, we will see the Holy Spirit add a new agenda, with new ideas to lead the church from membership to Discipleship.


Let us put on the Mantle of Unity and use all of our God-given gifts of the Spirit. Let us work together to allow God to be lifted up and glorified, and the mission and purpose of our Lay Organization be realized:


  1. To proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15);
  2. To advance the present ministry of Jesus Christ, particularly as it is embodied by the mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (2 Corinthians 5:14-20; see mission, vision, and purposes at http://www.ame-church.com/about-us/mission.php);
  3. To encourage Bible study and to uphold the Bible as our only source for faith and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16-17; see article of faith #5 at http://www.ame-church.com/about-us/beliefs.php);
  4. To promote an understanding of The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2012 as an organized source of our laws, government, and belief statements  (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; http://www.ame-church.com/about-us/structure.php);
  5. To teach good stewardship and respect for constituted authority (Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Timothy 2:1-7);
  6. To engage the laity in social action ministry, reaching beyond the walls of the Church to champion goodwill toward all (Galatians 6:9-10);
  7. To stimulate an appreciation for African Methodist Episcopal Church history and that of its founder, Bishop Richard Allen (1 Corinthians 3:8-14; http://www.ame-church.com/about-us/history.php).



President Penny Oliver






Dwight Patterson
June 28, 2014
To God be the glory for the things that he has done!  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and prayers during my administration and pray your continued support for the work ahead for our new President, Sis. Penny Oliver.  May God add His blessings to the WNCCLO!

Yours in Christ,

Dwight M. Patterson, Former President

Western North Carolina Conference Lay Organization




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