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Official Boards

Trustee Board: Responsible for the temporal concerns of the church. Trustees are charged with safeguarding all of St. James' real estate and other properties and for making improvements when necessary. Trustees are nominated by the Pastor and elected annually by the congregation.

Steward Board: Responsible for the financial and spiritual governance of the church. Stewards are charged with overseeing the fiduciary interests of the church as well as establishing operating policies and procedures. The Steward Board approves new initiatives, programs and capital expenses as recommended by the pastor. Stewards are appointed annually by the pastor.

Stewardess Board: Dresses the pulpit, chancery, and altar rail for Holy Communion, Baptism, funerals and memorials, as well as for the various liturgical seasons.

 Class Leaders: Dedicated members who are focused on the tasks of providing spiritual support and guidance to the members of the church. Class Leaders are chosen by the pastor to serve needs of the congregation, which extends to fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ in preparing for God’s Kingdom.

Youth Ministry: Focuses on the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and economical development of young adults and youth in the church and the community.

Church School: Shall teach, train, nurture, prepare, and recruit adults and
 Conducts Bible-based classes for persons of all ages each Sunday morning.

Sons of Allen: Perpetuates both the study and celebration of the church and its legacy, and of African American history and heritage and provides financial support to the church.


Christian Education: Promotes Christian education describing its application in daily living; makes careful study of Christian education needs of the local church; and promotes        and develops initiatives to meet these needs.

Sara Allen Women's Missionary Society:  The Women’s Missionary Society WMS started with Sarah Allen, wife of Richard Allen, Bishop Allen was the first Bishop of the AME Church.  Sarah was unhappy because of the shabby appearance of the ministers who attended the Annual Conference to give their reports, etc.  She wanted them to look more adequately dressed. So, she sought other women to help her mend the preacher’s clothes. Along with her husband’s help, the Dorcas Society was organized in 1824. The organization lasted only a few years and became inactive.  On February 17, 1874, the editor of the Christian Recorder, Rev. B.T. Taner wrote an open letter to the women of the AME Church posing the question: “What are the women doing?” It was suggested that a Women’s Missionary Society should be organized.

The St. James A.M.E. Church WMS provides mission service to members of the church and community, fosters missionary activities, and contributes financially to the church.

Young People's Division (YPD):  Provides meaningful youth training programs and opportunities for leadership experience in all areas of church life. By providing specific training in Evangelism, Christian Social Relations and Education programs the YPD is designed to connect youth more fully to the mission of the church and increase knowledge of the Africa

Usher Board: Serves as doorkeepers and provides a friendly atmosphere for members and visitors as they enter the church. The board also develops programs and events involving all ushers in the church; provides support to persons in need in the community through independent and joint efforts of the Interdenominational Church Ushers Association (ICUA) of Washington, DC and Vicinity, Inc.

Nurses Board: Present at all church services, wakes, and funerals and visit the sick and shut-in at home or in nursing facilities.

Pastor's Aide: Provides necessary support to the pastor and his family within the church with encouraging words, prayers, and other actions of love.

Also extends hospitality to visiting ministers, their families, and guests. The aide also provide hosting activities for the Pastor and the First Lady during special days and
occasions and assist the Pastor in fulfilling his goals for the church and community.

Music Ministry
Music, whether it be played or sung, is an opportunity for Christians to worship God. The music ministry is a very integral part of each service. The songs help prepare the hearts of the congregation and pastor alike for the preaching from the Word of God.

The Minister of Music seeks God's direction as she chooses choir songs, congregational hymns, and singers to bless our hearts with song. The desire of each singer and musician is to glorify God in song. "I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me."--Psalm 13:6 

Lay Organization: Shall organize and train the laity so that each lay person may utilize to the maximum the abilities and skills granted by God, in assisting with the improvement and extension of God's kingdom, and creating happiness, peace and harmony among its members.

Finance Committee:  Shall receive all funds collected for all purposes and shall document same prior to transmitting to the church treasurer who must be a member of the committee.


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