Jerome and Brenda Jones – Generosity Transforming Lives at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/23/2016 08:12 AM

“The need to support Paine College is real and the time to give is now,” commented Jerome. “I cannot imagine the Augusta community without Paine College.”

Story by Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga…At first glance, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome and Brenda Jones appear to be ordinary hardworking people quietly going about their business living everyday lives.  A closer look will reveal that they are not quite so ordinary. The Joneses have learned the secret to a happy and prosperous life. God is at the foundation of their existence while giving is interwoven throughout the fabric of their lives.  “We believe that God has truly blessed us and through our blessing, we owe it to God to give back,” said Jerome.  The Joneses were able to turn a start-up construction business into a successful venture that has served the Peach state since 1989.  He is especially proud of the 2002 Georgia District 8a Minority Business Person of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award exemplified successful minority entrepreneurship. 

Jerome attributes much of the success of J & B Construction Company to his wife who supported his vision to go into business.  He was employed as a construction leader for approximately 16 years and also served in a supervisory position at Plant Vogtle. During that time, he gained valuable experience about project management and construction.

Humility, meshed with generosity, is evident in the spirit of their giving. They don’t seek publicity for their generosity and are often shy about receiving recognition and applause during public events for their philanthropy.

Along with her experience in the classroom, Brenda served as principal of Brookwood Elementary School until she retired in 2012.  She had served over 40 years in the field of education.  Her belief that all students should have access to a quality education combined with his desire to pay it forward produced a healthy spirit for giving to Paine College.

Paying it forward is an ever-present mantra in their household. Jerome has served as a mentor to many contractors, especially those who desired to venture into the business. Although retired from the public school system, Brenda continues to mentor and steer young people on the path of pursuing an education.

“During the early days, I was fortunate to have people around me who shared resources that helped me to succeed,” said Jerome.  Someone introduced me to the U.S. Small Business Administration that played a key role in my education of managing a business.  I feel that it is my duty to impart the knowledge to those who truly desire to venture into entrepreneurship. God opened doors for me and now it is a privilege to open doors for others by giving to an institution that has served the community since 1882.”

Mrs. Juanita Harps, Executive Assistant to the President at Paine College, introduced the Joneses to her employer in 2003.  Serving on the planning committee for the annual Scholarship Masked Ball, Mrs. Harps invited the Joneses to make a one-time gift to the fundraising event.  The Joneses happily made a donation of $3,500.  However, the Joneses’ one-time gift evolved into multiple gifts to the College over the years. They have given over $130,000 of their personal funds and served as ambassadors by facilitating additional gifts from their friends and business partners.

“They are regular people like you and me,” said Juanita who affectionately refers to Brenda as her BFF. “I’ve witnessed Jerome and Brenda go out of their way to help others in need. They have always supported the church, the community, and the family.”  “They work as partners to ensure that they reach downward to give others a hand upward,” said Juanita.  Since the Joneses’ initial gift to the Masked Ball in 2003, the College has recognized them as the top donor or sponsor for the event.

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, said, “The Joneses perfectly fit the description of what it means to be philanthropists.”  “They give their time, talent and treasures while taking action for the common good.”

During one of President Sullivan’s public appeals to the community to support the Build it Back Campaign, the Joneses instantly responded with a gift of $15,000.  The ongoing campaign addresses immediate and critical needs of the College.

They are convinced that Paine College will never stop transforming lives.  “A Paine College education is a gift that keeps on giving to the community,” said Jerome. “It gives Brenda and me satisfaction and joy to see students or graduates who may have benefited from the likes of our giving and from the generosity of many others.” 

“The need to support Paine College is real and the time to give is now,” commented Jerome. “I cannot imagine the Augusta community without Paine College.”

Residents of Harlem, Georgia, they worship at Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Harlem. The couple serves on community and civic boards as well as other committees.

The Joneses are the parents of two daughters (Tamara and Valerie).  They have four grandchildren.


For more information about Paine College, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, or via email: For ways to make a donation to the College, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement located in Haygood-Holsey Hall, Room 115, 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901, or call Ms. Sunya L. Young at 706.821.8233.

Paine College will Appeal Decision by Accrediting Commission Accreditation Status Unaffected During Appeal Process

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/16/2016 14:29 PM

By Helene Carter

Augusta, GA….Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, along with Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, announced today that the College will appeal the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to remove Paine as a member of the association.
This course of action will ensure that the College maintains its current accreditation status during the appeal process. “Although we respect their decision, we will pursue and avail ourselves of all appeal rights available to us,” said Dr. Sullivan. Paine College has not lost its accreditation. During the appeal process, the College will be able to qualify for Title IV and Title III funding. The College will still be able to offer federal financial aid to students.

“Paine College will not close, instead the College will operate with its accreditation during the appeal process giving the Institution sufficient time to address the remaining deficiencies that were identified during the meeting with the SACSCOC Review Board,” said Attorney Michael Thurmond, Vice Chair-elect of the Paine College Board of Trustees. “The remaining issues only involve financial stability and sustainability.”
Dr. Sullivan stated that the College’s academic programs remain strong and Paine would continue to offer a quality education to students.
“We are confident that with our submission of additional evidence regarding the strategy to improve financial conditions at the College, our appeal will be successful,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Now, more than ever, is the time for the public to give to Paine College to ensure that the College is financially solvent. As we move forward, we will make adjustments in the College’s budget to reflect the Institution’s needs while reducing expenditures.”
“We are optimistic that the College is moving in the right direction and on the path to successfully addressing the Institution’s fiscal challenges,” said Attorney Thurmond.

Message of Thanks from Paine College - By: Samuel Sullivan, Ph.D., President of Paine College published in the Sunday Edition of the Augusta Chronicle on June 12, 2016

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/13/2016 04:09 AM

Over the past six months, many of us at Paine College have worked tirelessly to secure the funding needed to keep our doors open and to rebuild and restructure our operations for sustainability and success. Just weeks ago, we reservedly began a collective cheer of relief as we were able to witness yet another class of outstanding Paine College students complete their degrees. Moreover, these students graduated from Paine knowing that the College continues to be fully accredited and that their degrees hold value in the greater community.  

Included among those who graduated were students who are the first in their families to attend college. They marched and graduated while relatives, young and old, watched with immense pride, joy and an elevated sense of possibilities. What a great time for Paine, our Augusta community, our state, and the nation!  

A renewed Paine College is being born and we could not have accomplished this momentous feat without the unwavering support of many individuals and organizations. We owe a debt of gratitude to local radio, television, and newspaper outlets for continuing to shine a light on who we are and the successes we have had, both recently and historically. The faith-based community from which we sprang and to which we continue to be so closely attached, has been extremely supportive and generous of Paine. Business leaders across the City of Augusta recognized early on the essential role Paine College plays in the local economy and have voiced their support for the College, while local government officials have spoken up on Paine's behalf at critical junctures, as well. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff have sacrificed so much for Paine College and they, along with our Board of Trustees, are more committed than ever to the College's success. Many, many friends of Paine College have stepped forward to give of their time and efforts, and to make donations to the College - many doing so for the first time. Finally, people from all across Georgia and all over the country have sent in financial support... one dollar at a time.  

Our struggle is not yet over; neither is our resolve. At the end of 2014, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Colleges (SACSCOC) found that Paine College faced ten areas of noncompliance with its accreditation standards. In just over one year, through our collective efforts, seven of the sanctions were successfully addressed and only three issues remain for full compliance - financial resources; financial stability; and control of sponsored research/external funds. We must meet compliance requirements of these remaining sanctions by June 30, 2016. To address the financial challenges, the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church has made a remarkable pledge of $1 million to Paine College! The CME has committed to fulfilling the generous pledge within the next 12 months. In addition, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church also made a considerable pledge of $350,000 to Paine College! The GBHEM pledge is expected to be fulfilled within a two-week period. While these considerable gifts have gotten us closer to our fundraising goal of $3.5 million, the College must still raise an additional $1 million by June 30th in order to satisfy immediate financial needs.  

We fully realize that your support includes implicit expectations - expectations that we will maintain an excellent, sustainable and accountable program of higher education; that we will be much better stewards of the resources we generate to finance our operations; and that we will graduate practice-ready students with the skillset to serve as motivated and innovative leaders within our communities. We welcome these expectations as they reflect the values that guide every facet of current operations at Paine. Further we do not take the confidence that you've placed in us for granted - confidence in the ability of our students; confidence in the skills of our faculty; confidence in the dedication of our staff, confidence in the direction of our leadership and, most important, confidence in the future of Paine College.  

On behalf of all of us here at Paine College, THANK YOU! Your contributions are helping and your prayers are working. Because of you, we are making tremendously progress in rebuilding and rebranding Paine College.


Photo: President Samuel Sullivan, Ph.D., President of Paine College

Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to host Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis in Celebratory Worship Service

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/8/2016 06:20 AM

Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church cordially invites you to a special worship service on Sunday, June 12th at 9:00 a.m. with guest speaker Civil Rights icon, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Congressman John Lewis.

The service is part of the 20th Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend Herman “Skip" Mason, Jr. in the C.M.E. Church. The Trinity family would be honored to have you present to hear and meet this American treasure John Lewis. Bring your children so they can witness and see the last surviving member of the planning committee and speaker at the March on Washington and one of the original marchers of "Bloody Sunday" that was the Selma to Montgomery march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Mr. Lewis was beaten unconscious by Alabama’s State troopers at the bridge in 1965. He suffered a fractured skull from the Blood Sunday beating, the scar of which is visible to this day. The incident was one of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches for voting rights, and the efforts led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Samuel Fudge, actor, will give a rousing oratory of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s response to the question Do You Get Angry? The recent Paine College graduate appeared in the movie “Selma” and was among the cast that re-enacted the historical marches in Selma, Alabama.

Trinity CME Church is located at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906. The afternoon service will commence at 3:00 p.m. and will feature Reverend Andre Loyd, Pastor of West Side Community C.M.E. Church. All are invited to share in one or both of the services. For more information, call 706.796.2550, or visit

Photo Caption: John Lewis on Edmund Pettus Bridge



Sent on Behalf of Trinity C.M.E. Church

Media Contact: Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, Pastor

Trinity C.M.E. 706.796.2550 –

Paine College Trustees Announce Major Gifts During Press Conference The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Commits $1,000,000 to Paine College General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church Commits $350,000 to Paine

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/24/2016 10:17 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, GaMembers of the Paine College Board of Trustees, representatives of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, along with President Samuel Sullivan stood united as they announced their plan to move the College in the direction of fiscal solvency and drive the Institution on the path to full compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The trustees held the press conference on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. inside the HEAL Complex.  

Bishop Marshall Gilmore, trustee emeritus, drew a round of applause as he announced a commitment of $1,000,000 on behalf of the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The CME Church will fulfill the $1 million commitment within 12 months.   

Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, Assistant Secretary General of The Black College Fund, pledged $350,000 to the College on behalf of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The GBHEM has consistently rendered support to Paine College over the years. 

Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, said,” During the spring meeting of the governing body, we unanimously adopted a strategy and a plan that included changes in Board leadership, changes in College leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a governance structure that will facilitate a culture of accountability and transparency.” She further commented, “This means that the Trustees are fully engaged and committed to taking full responsibility for correcting any and all fiscal and managerial shortfalls that have faced the College during the last three years.”  

Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair-elect, solicited the audience to become involve in the process of preserving and sustaining the College. He announced that the College had raised more than $2,540,000 toward its $3.1 million goal for the fiscal cycle July 2015 to June 30, 2016.  Attorney Thurmond invited the community to participate in the “Be 1of 1,000” campaign. The fundraising campaign has the potential of yielding more than $1,000,000 by June 30, 2016. 

“The urgency is now,” said Attorney Thurmond. “It matters that we give now to demonstrate to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that we love and support this great institution that has played a significant role in our lives and in our communities.” 

Attorney Thurmond made it clear that the Trustees would work with the College to develop ongoing development programs that would allow the College to remain financially stable. 

President Samuel Sullivan said that he was humbled by the outpouring of support from the College’s constituents. He stated that recently, a local theologian donated $50,000 and within weeks of that gift, the pastor made another donation of $27,000. Dr. Sullivan expressed his gratitude to Paine alumni, churches, and friends who hosted events to assist the College. 

The trustees thanked Dr. Sullivan for his leadership during the College’s challenging times. “Under Dr. Sullivan’s leadership, SACSCOC lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.” 

The College must comply with the Principles of Accreditation of three remaining areas: 1) financial resources, 2) financial stability, and 3) control of sponsored research/external funds. 

Dr. Sullivan echoed Attorney Thurmond’s appeal. “It is important that we give now. “Paine must raise an additional $1 million by June 30, 2016 to ensure that the College has surplus funds for ongoing operations.” 

“My primary goal is to keep the doors open to provide an accessible and quality education for students,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “I am convinced that we can work together to achieve this most important goal.”  

For more information about ways to support Paine College, please contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or via email:

Paine College Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Popular Free Chemistry Summer Camp

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/19/2016 05:41 AM

This year, Paine College marks the 10th anniversary of its summer chemistry camp, which covers the basic concepts of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration. For the past nine years, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, has dedicated his summer to helping students in the CSRA be better prepared and excel in middle and secondary chemistry classes. During this period, the number of participants grew from a meager two to over 120 students in 2015. 

Approximately 12 years ago, one of Dr. Yousufzai’s friends asked him to visit the Richmond County public school system to render an assessment of classroom conditions and observe classes in session.  One of the fifth-grade science teachers asked him to talk to the students about his career as a professor of chemistry at Paine College. 

When he asked students about their future career goals, he was amazed that most of the students wanted to pursue careers in professional football, music, television, film but none of them chose professions in teaching, education and absolutely none of them referenced chemistry, engineering and technology.

From that day, he took an interest in teaching and engaging those students who primarily came from minority and socio-disadvantaged groups. Dr.  Yousufzai began would become a series of free summer chemistry classes at Paine College.  He began by teaching the basic concepts of science and chemistry to elementary students.

Eventually, he was introduced to middle school students where he demonstrated color changes through chemical reactions followed by a half-paged survey addressed to each student. “I would like to share my experiences in teaching Chemistry to minority students.” Said, Dr. Yousufzai,” In offering my Summer Chemistry course, one of my goals is to help students build confidence by making Chemistry more approachable. My teaching method has had a positive effect not only on their grades but also has demystified the subject.”

Dr. Yousefzai teaches the free classes in the same facilities where he has taught Biochemistry and General Chemistry for over 15 years. In class, he explains the concept of the periodic table, properties of matter, formulas, equations, and conversions.   He encourages students to eat nutritious foods as he explains compounds in foods.  

Throughout this nine-year period, Dr. Yousefzai has come to know numerous teachers, principals, parents, and students. Teachers, upon meeting Dr. Yousefzai, usually comment how students were no longer afraid of chemistry and some even embraced their classes.

Parents are invited to audit the classes and participate in a closing seminar where students are given awards and recognition for their individual research, projects, and performance.

Dr. Yousufzai is now accepting students for the 2016 course.  The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Haygood-Holsey Hall, room 220. There are separate sessions for Middle school and High school students. Middle School students will meet on Monday & Wednesday from 10 am - 11 am and High School will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 am - 11 am. Space is limited. To enroll a student, please click here:



Two Paine College Trustees to be Honored for Contributions to Education and Community Service

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/16/2016 06:01 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga...The Augusta Local Chapter of the Paine College Alumni Association will honor Dr. Louise A. Rice and Dr. Charles G. Larke for their contributions to education and for outstanding community service. Dr. Rice and Dr. Larke serve on the Paine College Board of Trustees and have given generously of their time and resources to the College. 

The awards will be presented during the Alumni Chapter’s banquet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the HEAL Complex. The event will feature tributes to the honorees and a scrumptious meal. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $100.00 each. The dress code is After 5 attire. Proceeds will benefit Paine College. 

About the Honorees

Dr. Charles G. Larke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Paine College in 1969 and a Masters of Education in Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1978.  He received a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Georgia in 1987.  He is the first African American to serve as Director of Secondary Vocational Education for Richmond County Public schools, Assistant Superintendent for Vocational Services, Interim Superintendent and Superintendent for the Richmond County Public School System.  Appointed superintendent of the Richmond County Public Schools in 1996, Dr. Larke provided more than ten years of exceptional guidance and leadership. 

Dr. Larke has been honored throughout his career as an outstanding educator and administrator.  He earned awards such as the Richmond County Board of Education Administrator of the Year; the Presidential Alumni Award from Paine College; the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service from the Augusta Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America; and the Living Legend Award from the Broadway Baptist Church.  

Dr. Louise A. Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from Tuskegee University in 1963.  While working as a teacher, Dr. Rice earned a Master of Arts degree in Remedial Reading and Psychology of School Subjects from Columbia University Teachers College in 1969.  Dr. Rice was awarded the Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Reading Education from the University of Georgia in 1979.  She is certified at the doctorate level in educational administration and supervision. 

Throughout her career as an educator, Dr. Rice has served as a strong civic leader. Dr. Rice is well-known for her work in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated having served as the organization’s 23rd National President. Her work in Delta Sigma Theta allowed her to expand her community service on a national and international scale. In January 2005, Dr. Rice presided over a major testament to Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to civil rights. The sorority pledged a $1 million donation to the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

Dr. Rice has earned numerous awards in recognition of her community service and commitment to education.  In 2004, the mayor of the City of Augusta honored Dr. Rice’s work in the community by naming November 6, 2004 as “Dr. Louise A. Rice Day”.


To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please contact members of the Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter: Mr. George Bailey at 706.793.6638,; Ms. Carol Morgan at, or Ms. Betty Tutt at 706.231.4912,


Posted by painewebmaster | 05/11/2016 04:14 AM

Story by Helene T. Carter

Deuteronomy 16:17  Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.

Augusta, GA….Reverend George L. Brightharp believes that every man or woman should give as he/she is able, according to how God has blessed them to give. He also believes in “walking the walk” and leading by example. In March 2016, Reverend Brightharp made a $50,000 gift to Paine College in support of the Institution’s Build it Back Campaign that is designed to meet the critical and immediate needs of the College. Launched in November 2015, the Build it Back Campaign has reached over $539,000 (as of May 11, 2016). Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given $112,058. Although he is not a Paine College alumnus, Reverend Brightharp presented a check in the amount of $27,000 during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Banquet held Saturday, May 7th on the campus.

Reverend Brightharp said proudly, “I have been in the trenches with Paine College since 1970. As a professor, I taught at Paine for fifteen years. During my tenure, I developed an appreciation for small, black liberal arts institutions. Paine has held a special place in my heart for 46 years.”

In 2014, Reverend Brightharp supported the Friends of Quincy Robertson for Paine College Campaign with a gift of $10,000. In 2010, with a gift of $15,000, he established the Reverend George W. and Mrs. Rosa Brightharp Endowed Scholarship in memory of his parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in History.

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, said, “This year marks forty-six years of continued support from a philanthropist who has given generously of his finances, time and goodwill. Reverend Brightharp, a dedicated ambassador, engages others to support the College. He is a bridge-builder who is passionate about letting others know the value that Paine College adds to the community.”

President Sullivan further commented, “We also appreciate the support that our faculty, staff, alumni, friends and trustees continue to provide to Paine during these challenging financial times.”

In January 2016, Rev. Brightharp celebrated 36 years as the senior pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Edgefield, South Carolina. In 2004, Mount Canaan was designated as an Outstanding Historical Site by the South Carolina State Department of Archives and History. Rev. Brightharp led the Mount Canaan congregation to build a spacious Youth Center that is equipped with a computer lab, game room, a full-size gymnasium and other amenities that are available to the public.

Sporting a wide smile, he said, “With a group of faithful members and the infusion of my personal funds, we were able to pay off the $1.2 million mortgage on the Youth Center in two years.”

For over 30 years, the successful entrepreneur and businessman operated George L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, a family-owned business that serves the Georgia and South Carolina communities.

“As a minister, I challenge every member of the clergy to support Paine College,” said Reverend Brightharp. “As a businessman operating in the CSRA, I challenge all businesses to step up and support Paine College. As a former educator, I challenge all retired and employed educators to help Paine College through this financial crisis. It is our responsibility to share our resources with an Institution that has given so much to the community.”

To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign, contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or send an email to

About Paine College

Paine College is a faith-based private college providing a high-quality education that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development in order to prepare young men and women for positions of leadership and service. Paine College is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To learn more about Paine College, please visit




(Right) Reverend Dr. George L. Brightharp presents $50,000 check to Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, in support of the Build it Back Campaign for Paine. Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given over $112,000 to Paine.

Senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will Deliver the Commencement Address at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/7/2016 07:43 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will deliver the Commencement address during the 134th Commencement Convocation at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 8, on the campus in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  During the ceremony, President Samuel Sullivan will confer degrees upon the 2016 graduating class.  The service is open to the public.

About the Speaker

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, the 51st bishop elected in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, has been presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District since July 2014. Upon election as bishop in 1998, he was assigned as bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District (including the work in Jamaica, Haiti, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria). He was assigned in 2002 and 2006 as bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District (which includes the denomination’s work in Alabama and Florida). In 2010, he was assigned to the First Episcopal District (comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, and Jamaica).

The 2014 General Conference assigned him to the Eighth Episcopal District (comprising the Regions in Texas and Jamaica). Born June 20, 1952, in Huntsville, Alabama, he is a son of the parsonage. His parents were Rev. and Mrs. L. L. Reddick, Jr. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University of Delaware, Ohio (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Duke Divinity School of Durham, North Carolina (Master of Divinity degree). He was conferred honorary doctoral degrees from the United Theological Seminary and Bible College of Monroe, Louisiana, and Texas College, Tyler, Texas. He was licensed to preach by the Reverend R. E. Brooks in 1966, ordained deacon in 1968 and elder in 1969 by Bishop E. P. Murchison, and admitted into full connection in 1972 by Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll.

After pastoral work in Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri, he was elected editor of THE CHRISTIAN INDEX, the Official Publication of the CME Church, in 1982. He was subsequently re-elected editor by the General Conferences of 1986, 1990, and 1994. During his work as editor, he was also pastor in Alabama and pastor and presiding elder in Mississippi. As presiding bishop of the work in the Tenth Episcopal District, he expanded the work in West Africa from six to seven Annual Conferences, and added several districts.

 During his tenure as presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, he was also chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College, and served as chair during the demise of President Albert J. H. Sloan II and the election of President George T. French, Jr. During that stint, he was a founding member of the Alabama Faith Council, an interfaith gathering, with other Alabama judicatory leaders. In his four years as presiding bishop of the First Episcopal District, he was chair of the Board of Trustees of Lane College during the passing of President Wesley Cornelious McClure and the subsequent election of President Logan Hampton. He also led the CME Headquarters into self-management by professional CMEs and oversaw the Boards of Directors of six HUD-related housing properties inaugurated by Bishops B. Julian Smith, J. Madison Exum, and William H. Graves. One of his consistent goals has been to visit every congregation within the episcopal district he serves every four years. An avid traveler, he maintains relationships across the seas with CMEs in West Africa (through their episcopal leaders); and he has maintained relationships with the people of Haiti through their episcopal leaders.  As a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, he has lobbied Congress in the interests of ridding the world of hunger.

He is married to Mrs. Wynde Jones Reddick, is the father of five children (Jon, Janice, Iris, Rose, and Samuel), and is the grandfather of three (Sean, Nylah, and Lailah).



Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/7/2016 06:01 AM

Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class

By Helene T. Carter

Paine College will celebrate the Class of 2016 during its Commencement weekend of events.  The Baccalaureate Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. will deliver the keynote address. 

The Baccalaureate service, planned by the Office of Religious Life, serves as an opportunity for the graduating seniors to reflect on their lives and accomplishments from a faith perspective. The service is open to the public.


About the Speaker

Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Hardie grew up in Forsyth, Georgia and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man and service to others.

Hardie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. In college, he began teaching bible study which prepared him to be founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life in Augusta, Georgia. Hardie’s career includes 18 years of systems, automation and controls engineering. His public service spans 3 years as state Representative, 5 years as state Senator, and he is currently serving the second year of his first term as Mayor of Augusta.

A distinguished lawmaker while in the state legislature, Hardie served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and active member of the Economic Development, Ethics, Finance, and Higher Education Senate Committees. He has been recognized by numerous organizations and constituent groups, including Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.

During the first year of his tenure as mayor, Hardie has engaged Augusta as a My Brother’s Keeper Community and launched the first Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program, which placed 70 youth in paid summer jobs and workplace skills training programs. He also recruited volunteers and partnered with the Richmond County School System to begin the Power Lunch Reading Mentor Initiative. He has also re-established a college credit based Mayor’s Fellows Program. Hardie began a Mayor’s Office Hours program to take City Hall to Augustans in informal settings at small businesses within each Commission district. Hardie is committed to working with small business owners and hosted SBA officials for a small business round-table to bring Augusta businesses technical assistance and resources for their operations. He also hosted the First Annual City of Augusta Easter Egg Drop.

While a senior in high school, he met Evett Plather of Valdosta. Married 20 years, Hardie and Evett are the proud parents of Benjamin Joshua Davis.

The public is also invited to the Commencement Convocation that will occur Sunday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, III, Presiding Bishop for the Eighth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the keynote address to the graduating seniors. 


For more information about the Commencement weekend of events, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visit