The Jackson-Lindsay Women's Missionary Society
Of Turners Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
We are called to strengthen our faith and sent to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by service and witness in the world.
The Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) is an international faith-based, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), granted Special Consultative Category II Status in 1985 in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The WMS is composed of members located across four continents in thirty-two countries. We are in the forefront of works of mission, at the head of the Church, operating from the highest level within each of twenty Episcopal Districts and reporting to every meeting of the General and Annual Conferences.
As the Women’s representational entity of the AMEC nationally and worldwide, the WMS has a record of 131 years of service committed to winning souls to Christ, health, economic, peace and justice issues. The WMS hosts an annual conference at the United Nations every October at which members of the various agencies and components of the United Nations offer workshops and seminars on current global issues. The WMS has established a Foundation to support education through scholarships and social and economic development for the diversified constituencies we are privileged to serve.
The Jackson Lindsay Missionary Society was founded and organized under the leadership of Mrs. Fanny Alexander and Mrs. Ella Williams. Although they were not members of Turners, they agreed to meet with the ladies to help them form their missionary society. With God at the center and the help of Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Williams, the women of Turners started their own missionary society called the Senior Missionary Society in 1964.
They elected Lilly Lindsay as their first missionary president. She served a one-year term from 1964 until 1965. The ladies would take turns meeting at each other’s houses. Their meetings were held once a month, on the fourth Sunday of each month, in the afternoon.
Through this organized body, the major focus of the Senior Missionary Society was to fulfill the great commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Throughout the Missionary Society‘s existence, it has always had a concern for the social, economic, physical, and spiritual life of the individual.
It is in the spirit of mission that we reach out, inspiring and motivating others to join hands with us to do a greater job. In our struggles to serve we have kept our purpose relevant to contemporary times to serve humankind, where we find them, with a vision based in hopes for a better community to face a “new world” where are all God’s children experience holistic living in a better quality of lifestyles.
When first organized, there were 14 members on roll and they were: Earline Boyd, Hazel Boyd, Lisa Cole, Rebecca Cole, Jesse Mae Hairston, Alice Jackson, Lillie Jeffries, Allie Marsh, Cassie Lindsay, Lillie Lindsay, Willie Mae Lomax, Rebecca Reeder Catherine Sims, and Jesse Williams,
Rebecca Reeder served as our second president from 1965 until 1977. She served for 12 years until her death. At this time there was no eight-year term law like it is today for our officers. Willie Mae Lomax was elected as missionary president of our society to replace Mrs. Reeder in 1977 until 1985. She serves her eight-year term.
In 1985 until 1989 Mrs. Jesse Mae Harrison was elected missionary president. She served for four years and during this time word came from The Connection that we must name our missionary society. We change the name from the Senior Missionary Society to the new name, The Jackson Lindsay Missionary Society. This new name came from two of our oldest and faithful members in our missionary Society. They were Mrs. Alice Jackson and Mrs. Lillie Lindsay.
In 1990 until 1991, Earline Boyd replaced Mrs. Hairston. Mrs. Boyd served a one year term.
In 1991 until 1999, Mrs. Betty Brown was elected our sixth missionary president. She served us faithfully for eight years. Doing her tenure, on September 21, 1995, a new unit of the Jackson Lindsay Missionary Society was organized.
The new unit was formed to reach the younger women in our church. The purpose of this unit was to train and educate the young women on mission work, to hold office and to assist senior missionaries on projects and fundraisers. This unit elected Diane Cathey is their unit leader and they named themselves Sisters-N-Unity. When first organized, there were 15 members on roll and since our unit formed, we have had three new members to join our family. When Mrs. Brown’s term was up The Jackson Lindsay Missionary Society reelected Mrs. Willie Mae Lomax as the missionary president from the year 2000 to 2003.
In 2003-2011, Mrs. Everlena Diggs served as our eighth President. Mrs. Diggs served her eight-year term.
2011-2019, Mrs. Dianne Peoples served as our ninth President. Mrs. Peoples served her eight-year term.
Currently, Mrs. Marisa Williams serves as our 10th President and the elected officers for the 2019-2020 conference year are as follows:
First Vice President: Sister Everlena Diggs
Second Vice President: Sister Tiffany Gibson
Third Vice President: Sister Dianna Simmons
Recording Secretary: Sister Joye Pressley
Corresponding Secretary: Sister Charlene Carter
Treasurer: Sister Mary Suzan
Financial Secretary: Sister Mae Cole
Promotion and Missionary Education Director (PME): Sister Peggy Barnes
Young People’s Division(YPD): Sister Jessica Perkins
Worship Leaders: Sisters Linda McCallum/Magdalene Gibson
Historian: Sister Letitia Maney
Parliamentarian: Sister Gale Melton
Under the guidance of lifetime member Mrs. Everlena Diggs, and our former Conference Branch President, The Jackson Lindsay Missionary Society has been very organized. Our members have shown much interest in our dedication to our cause. The growth of the Missionary Society has been an inspiration to us because it has enabled us to reach the various ages and interests groups of our church family and our community. Our meetings are now held on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM. They have been fruitful and meaningful as we work diligently for the upbuilding of God‘s Kingdom and for this we say “To God Be The Glory!” The fun has been a vital part of our group working together with projects, crafts, and fundraisers; however, we never forget the purpose of our mission and the meaning of our existence. Today we are proud to say that we have 40 active members in our missionary society, of which two are males. They are Rev. William E. Diggs and Mr. Irvin Gibson.
We have been very fortunate to have sincere talented, caring and devoted leaders and members, who are never too busy to give their time. We remain grateful to our very own Mrs. Everlena Diggs and her loving husband Reverend William E. Diggs for their untiring dedication to our group. Their efforts in God and preparing us are commendable. We also salute our former Presidents and our current President Mrs. Marisa Williams for their sincere interest in leading the group. We thank all past officers for their loyal spirit an easy way of getting things done for The Jackson Lindsay Missionary Society.
With God’s grace, we will continue to strive for the betterment of our church, community, and helping all humankind globally throughout the world through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Promotion and Missionary Education Director (PME) - Sister Peggy Barnes
Young People’s Division(YPD) - Sister Jessica Perkins
Worship Leaders - Sisters Linda McCallum/Magdalene Gibson
Historian - Sister Letitia Maney
Parliamentarian - Sister Gale Melton
President - Sister Marisa Williams
First Vice President - Sister Everlena Diggs
Second Vice President - Sister Tiffany Gibson
Third Vice President - Sister Dianna Simmons
Recording Secretary - Sister Joye Pressley
Corresponding Secretary - Sister Charlene Carter
Treasurer - Sister Mary Suzan
Financial Secretary - Sister Mae Cole
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