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Reverend John Edward Cager, III - Senior Pastor


The Pastor of the historical Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, CA


Pastor Cager is 51year of age and brings a wide variety of ministerial experience to his new charge.

Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1994.  Reverend Cager began his ministry at First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) in Los Angeles, where he was Director of Youth ministry for five years. He has shepherded four congregations in his ministry: St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Baldwin Hills as a visiting pastor; First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Santa Monica, CA as a supply pastor; St. Stephens African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, CA;  Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,  Fontana, California, and most recently was the proud pastor of Second African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles.

His ministries exceed the boundaries of the local church, evidenced by his various leadership positions:  the former Director of the Center for the Study of Black on Black Crime,  which under Dr. Ralph Dawson helped develop the ‘Lock In On Values’ program.  Reverend Cager spent eight years as Director of Client Services and Outreach at Streetlights, Hollywood’s premiere diversity program. As Senior Project Manager for FAME Renaissance, he developed a taxi voucher program for seniors and disabled persons; and, the Disneyland Summer Employment Program for youth from south Los Angeles.  

Politically active, Reverend Cager worked for Tom Hayden’s “Campaign California” and was elected a Delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention.  Reverend Cager serves on the Board of Directors of Progressive Christians Uniting, Greater Capacity Consortium; and First To Serve Treatment Centers; and, volunteers on the Prostate Cancer Awareness Team for the American Cancer Society.  

He was named 2007 “Pastor of the Year” by the Inland Valley News.  Reverend Cager presently serves as the Interim President of the Los Angeles Council of Churches and is the President of the AME Ministerial Alliance of Southern California.  Married for 21 years to Kinette (Gillespie), the Cagers have a son, Les, a daughter, Kimberly and a granddaughter, Chase.

Rt. Rev. C. Garnett Henning - 112th Bishop of AME Church, Retired -

Cornal Garnett Henning, Sr. is the 112th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1992 in Orlando, Florida.  He is the son of a parsonage, born in Memphis, Tennessee and educated in the public schools of Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.  He received a B. S. Degree from Wilberforce University, a Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, and completed course work for the Doctorate of Ministry at Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Missouri. Bishop Henning has served as pastor of congregations in Tennessee, Kansas, California and Missouri.  He has also served as assistant pastor at Greater Allen A.M.E. Church in Dayton, Ohio and First A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, California. During six years as pastor of St. Peter A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, Missouri (1968-1972), the membership increased by more than six hundred fifty members, Parish Partners, an urban-suburban program designed to provide summer employment for youth in a community different from their own, was founded. Rev. Henning also served as Executive Director of Block Partnership, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-cultural program devised to break down barriers to economic, educational and political empowerment of Blacks. 

While pastor of Ward A.M.E. Church (1972-1980), Bishop Henning served as a member of the Los Angeles Housing Commission (twice as president). Bishop Henning joined with Dr. Henry Mitchell, Bishop Charles Blake and other area ministers in the establishment of The Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies.  He also served in the following positions with SCLC-West; Executive Vice President, President and Chairman of the Board.  He established the Ward Area Redevelopment Department, Inc. (W.A.R.D.), an umbrella corporation to a number of programs, including The William Grant Still Community Music School. At St. Paul A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, Missouri (1980-1992), Bishop Henning and Dr. William Harrison founded St. Paul Saturdays, a Black male mentoring ministry that provided positive experiences for Black males and encouraged their development into strong Black Men. Bishop Henning was a founding member of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition and chairperson of its Political Action Committee.  He also organized the St. Louis Superintendent-Clergy Committee to assist in the development of a positive relationship between the School Superintendent, the board of education and the Black community to keep the lines of communication open and constructive. 

In 1992, Bishop Henning was elected and consecrated the 112th Bishop of the AME Church and was assigned to the 14th Episcopal District – West Africa, where he served four years. As Bishop of the 14th Episcopal District, he established the C. Garnett Henning, Jr. Memorial High School named in memory of his deceased son and located in Danane’ Cote I’voire. In 1996, in Monrovia, Liberia he founded AME University which has a present enrollment of approximately 4000 students. It is the nation‘s second largest University. He also built Bethel A.M.E. Church in Accra, Ghana at a cost of more than $100,000. In 1996 Bishop Henning was assigned to the 19th Episcopal District – South Africa, where he served until 2000.  In 1998, in Johannesburg, he led in the building of a one and one-half million rand annex to the Bishop Harold Senatle Center. He also renovated the R. R. Wright School of Theology in Evaton, South Africa, purchased an Episcopal residence appraised at $700,000, and worked with Bishop Donald G. K. Ming and Bishop Harold Senatle in reopening Wilberforce Institute which had been closed during the apartheid era. 

In 2000 Bishop Henning was assigned to the Eighth Episcopal District which is comprised of Mississippi and Louisiana.  He reopened the Bonner Campbell School of Religion and retired the debt on the Episcopal Headquarters and Residence in New Orleans, Louisiana. The C. G. Henning Multiplex, was built at the cost of more than a million and one half dollars. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, the worst disaster in the history of the United states, Bishop Henning was asked by the church to administrator more than three million dollars, raised by the A.M.E. Church for the restoration of damaged churches, with more than a half million dollars of support going to ministers and members of the district. At the same time Bishop Henning was appointed to the National Bush-Clinton Katrina fund, by President William “Bill” Clinton, a committee with the responsibility for directing the distribution of more than seventy million dollars to religious institution in the region. Bishop Henning successfully restored 49 of 51 churches damaged by Katrina and left over one-half million dollars in the Eight District treasury, $350,000 of which was earmarked for the replacement of the Episcopal Headquarters and Residence destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. 

On Friday, July 11, 2008, Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Sr., was assigned by the 48th Session of the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church to the Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church which comprises Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Bishop Henning is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and has received many awards and honors.  Bishop Henning is married to Ernestine Lee Henning and they are the parents of three children, Dr. Carma Love, who resides in California, (Helaine and Garnett, Jr., both deceased), and two grandchildren, Jahbrielle Henning-Rayford and Massiah Garnett Henning. 

Reverend Roosevelt Lindsey, Jr. - Presiding Elder of the Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas Dis -

About our Presiding Elder...

Presiding Elder Lindsey was born to Rev. Roosevelt and Inez Lindsey, Sr. in Salem, Arkansas. He completed his early education in Monticello, Arkansas, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pacific Christian College, in Fullerton, California; an MBA in Marketing from National University, San Diego, California; and his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, Fullerton, California.

The Reverend Lindsey has served the following AME Churches: Bethel AME, Champaign, Illinois; Allen AME Church, Galesburg, Illinois; John Wesley AME Church, Dover, Delaware; Bethel AME Church, St. Louis, Missouri; Johnson Chapel AME Church, Santa Ana, California; Emmanuel AME Church, Los Angeles, California; First AME Church, Palmdale, California; and Grant AME Church, Long Beach, California.

In November 2009, he was appointed Presiding Elder of the Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas District of the Fifth Episcopal District by Bishop T. Larry Kirkland.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kaye Lindsey. They have one daughter, Daphney, and two wonderful grandchildren, D’Marcus and Kayla. Presiding Elder and Dr. Kaye Lindsey recently celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary.

Reverend Marian Wright Young - Itinerant Elder, Assistant Pastor
Reverend Ronea Crockett Williams - Itinerant Elder
Reverend Kathy Harrison - Itinerant Elder
Reverend Amina Thomas - Itinerant Elder
Reverend Joe Belle - Itinerant Elder
Reverend Sandra Harrell - Local Elder

Reverend Sandra Harrell is a native of Los Angeles, California. She has been a member of Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church since 1979. During her time at Ward, she has been a Sunday school teacher and student. Reverend Harrell served as an usher for 27 years in addition to being a member and officer of the A. W. Jordan Missionary Society for over 25 years. She believes it was while she served God’s people in those ministries that the Lord prepared her for His service as an ordained minister. Her most notable attribute is that she has a heart for the marginalized. 

In 1999, Reverend Harrell accepted the call as Exhorter. In that service, she presented workshops on Visioning, Sharing Expectations, and Preparing for Change to various ministries in God’s Kingdom, which included, but was not limited to: Ward AME, Bethel AME Berkley, and the Southern California Conference mid–year convocation. In 2010, God called her to the next level of ministry. She completed her studies with Southern California Board of Examiners and was ordained as a Local Deacon in 2008. In 2011, Reverend Harrell was ordained as a Local Elder. Currently, she teaches the noon bible study, supports bereaved members, and coordinates visitations for the sick and shut in.  

Reverend Harrell knows there is nothing too difficult for God. She has been known to say, “God is not awesome he is more than.…” It was God who provided her with peace that was beyond her understanding, as she trusted him through breast cancer in 2008; Philippians 4:4-6 sustained her. 

She has a passion for acquiring knowledge and considers herself as a lifelong learner. She has attended Trade Technical College, the University of Phoenix, completed the Antioch Bridge Program, and is currently enrolled in the Southern California School of Ministry. In addition, she has been certified through various management and leadership trainings and holds a Six Sigma Certification that confirms successful completion of a course that teaches a systemic approach to eliminating defects.

In Reverend Harrell’s secular experience, she retired as the National Manager of Customer Services from Xerox after 29 years of service. Her responsibilities included visioning, strategic planning, setting expectations, and building teams. She was also responsible for directing regional managers and frontline employees. She has established a second career in food service. Eating Healthy with Sandra provides wholesome meals for people. 

Rev. Harrell feels blessed to have a son Steven Washington, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. To God be the glory for what He has done. 

Reverend Lynda Eaton - Local Deacon
Reverend Shirlon K. Jackson - Local Deacon

Reverend Shirlon Kay Jackson is a native of Bakersfield, California. God has blessed her with a variety of wonderful opportunities in the business world, the last of which, before retirement, was 24 years at City National Bank as a Specialist. Prior to that, she was a Western Airlines Federal Credit Union Membership Officer; Banking Executive Loan Officer; USC Housing Assignment Officer; and Administrative Assistant to the Director at City of Santa Ana Parks and Recreation.

Called to the ministry several years ago, God has prepared her spiritually as a Senior Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, and Stewardess. She holds several certificates for counseling and as a mediator. Sister Shirlon is currently enrolled as a first year student with the Southern California Conference Board of Examiners.

God has been faithful to Shirlon her entire life: Her desire is to be in service to Him, the rest of her life.