Cheryl Hammond Hopewell is from the Philadelphia Conference and has come up through the ranks in the Lay Organization. In her local lay organization, she has served as Director of Lay Activities, 1st VP, then served as President for 11 years. For the Philadelphia Conference, she has served as Budget and Finance Chairperson,  Historiographer, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, 3rd VP, 1st VP, then President for 8 years. For the First Episcopal District Lay, she has served as Finance Chairperson, 3rd VP, 1st VP, Financial Secretary and then Treasure of the FCC Scholarship and now serves as First District President. She has also served on the Connectional Lay Organization Public Relations Staff, on the Budget Committee, on the 2012 General Conference Lay Breakfast Committee and co-chaired the 2016 General Conference Lay Breakfast. Cheryl loves the work of the church and the lay organization and puts God first in all her endeavors.


Mrs.Cheryl Hammond Hopewell

1st Vice President

Donna Lee Chandler

2nd Vice President Wanda Duckett

3rd Vice President

Robin Batson

Recording Secretary

Sharon Drew

Assistant Rec. Secretary

Dorothy A. Chandler

New Jersey Conference, Dorothy retired from AT&T Human Resource Manager and is presently serving as a long-term substitute teacher 

Favorite scripture: I can do all things through Christ how strengthens me

Corresponding Secretary

Lanan Bascome


Cheryl L Ford

She is married to James O. Ford, the mother of five, grandmother of twelve,
Cheryl L Ford is a member of Hickman Temple AME Church located in Philadelphia, PA pastored by Rev. Ronald L. Green
great grandmother of nine.
Her siblings include two brothers and three sisters.
She has a penchant for desktop publishing and has made it her second career. When she is not publishing journals or attending religious activities she is volunteering with Soroptimist International of Five Points Magneta. This organization is her passion because they work improving the lives of women and girls throughout the world.
Her favorite scripture: Luke 12:48

Financial Secretary

Emma Lee


Terri Fisher


Cynthia King 

Cynthia King has been a member of Bethel, Stamford, CT since 1982.  She was elected First Episcopal District Lay Historiographer in 2012 under the leadership of Sis. Mary Mootoo.  She enjoys studying the history of the A.M.E. Church as well as taking photos and compiling data about the Lay Organization.  We have a rich history and it must be preserved and stored for future generations.

Director of Lay Activities

Josephine Fulcher Anderson

Director of Lay Activities

Josephine is an active member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church; Norwalk Ct. Rev. Dr. Richard Westly Clarke is her pastor. Josephine serves as a Steward, First Vice President of the Local Lay Organization, Coordinator for the Class Leaders Council, A member of the Local Evangelist Commission, Chair of the Annual Conference and Church Anniversary Committees, former Church School Superintendent, Church School Teacher, 8 Years, New England Conference Church School Superintendent Connectional – First Timer Seminar – Facilitator, Judge the Lay of the Year Contest

Director of Public Relations

LaSean Shelton

Sister Shelton attends Bethel AME in Wilmington DE where her Pastor is the Rev. Dr. Silvestor Scott Beaman. Her favorite scriptures are: Psalms 28:7-8 & Matthew 25:31-46

She belongs to the Lay Organization and serves as the First Vice President for the DE Conference, Florida Grant Missionary Society,  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, Blogger Babes, American Federation for Teachers, Association of American Educators & Black Educators Rock!

She is a mother of 3; Airman First Class Anthony Marc Lucas Jr, Jay-Harmeen and Aliya-Bernice  LaSean juggles YPD, Thursday Club, Choir, football, dance and play dates all while teaching full-time, serving as a full-time PR/Social Media Practitioner for celebrities/Upcoming talents and attending Service. LaSean loves her "babies" to no end and will stop at nothing to keep them safe and happy

Young Adult Representative 

Marcus Burnett



President Emeritus

F.Jane Chandler Harris

President Emeritus

Mary Mootoo

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