Pictured (L-R): Bro. Thedrick Franklin,
Strain, Bro. Luther Perry, Sis. Vanessa Johnson,
Not Pictured: Sis. Earnestine Moffett (Pro Tem),
Sis. Beverly Williams Ayoma, Sis. Dollye Thomas,
Sis. Carol Cooper, also Stewards emeritus - Sis. Yvonne Morris,
Bro. Homer Jackson, Sr. and Bro.
There are three ‘Tables’ where the Stewards have
1. There is the Table of the Poor Who
has need in the church? How can the rest of the
congregation know and help? The deacons are in
touch with the congregation at all levels. They
can see what practical and financial help they
are able to provide.
2. There is the Table of the Pastor
as well as other ministerial staff employed part
time or full time by the church). No preacher
should live luxuriously, but preachers should be
freed from financial concerns so that they can
give themselves to the Bible and to praying,
while there is yet food on the table for the
minister’s family. This should include other
means for making sure the pastor is comfortable
and satisfied with their current relationship
with the church and its members.
3. There is the Table of the Lord
The Stewards serve the people by taking
to them the bread and the wine. This included
making sure all elements are in plentiful
supply, sometime working with the Stewardess in
preparations of the elements. Make sure all
other materials are in adequate supply, i.e.
offering envelopes, visitor cards, and any other
printer matter needed for worship service.
Qualifications of Stewards
A steward must be a person of solid piety
who knows and loves the Word of God and
A steward must be fruitful and of good
natural or acquired ability to transact the
spiritual and temporal business of the
A steward must have been an active member of
the AME Church for at least two years.
The Pastor presides over and appoints the Board
of Steward members annually. The Presiding Elder
at the First Quarterly Conference confirms the
Board. This group is responsible for the overall
needs of the Local Church: finances, Pastor and
the general welfare of its members