A Mission to Do and a Vision to See

By Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick

OCOS Partnership Conference 2018


For over 25 years One Church One School has touched the lives of thousands of children, youth and families through church-school partnerships across the country.

It is because of the village that we are happy to share with you that One Church One School celebrates 25 years of Teaching the Value of Life and the Value of Learning under the leadership of our President and Founder Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr. and National Director Dr. Phedonia Jones Johnson. 

We invite you to learn more about One Church One School but to also join us October 24-26, 2018 in Chicago for our 20th Partnership Conference and 25th Anniversary/Life Time Achievement Awards Gala.

Lifetime Achievement Awardees

Congressman Danny K. Davis

U.S. Representative, Illinois 7th District

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

Founder & President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition 

Bishop Teresa E. Jefferson-Snorton

59th Bishop of the CME Church

25 Year Facts About One Church One School

  • Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. founded One Church One School in 1992
  • The first OCOS partnership was between Carter Temple CME Church, Chicago, Illinois and Martha Ruggles Elementary School
  • The first partnership program was a volunteer safety patrol
  • Models within the One Church One School Program include Respect Academy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Workshop, CDF/BCC OCOS Freedom School, Attendance Improvement Program, World Citizen Camp, Student Empowerment Seminar
  • The Christian Methodist Church at its 1998 General Conference endorsed One Church One School as one of its outreach ministries
  • On Monday, October 15, 2012, The United States Department of Education and the Corporation for Community and National Service through its Together for Tomorrow (TFT) Challenge initiative recognized One Church One School as one of the 24 organizations and 7 demonstration sites from across the country that are community-led organizations supporting school improvement  
  • OCOS has awarded over twenty-four thousand dollars ($24,000.00) in scholarships
  • Recognized by the Mayors of Chicago, IL, and Gary, IN as a national program that provides support services for children and youth
  • Over 200 partnerships in over 20 cities across the United States of America.


  Take advantage of this great opportunity to attend a conference that will help you maximize your partnership. Attend the One Church One School Partnership Conference this Fall 2018 to receive hands-on training and strategies to make your partnership a great success!



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Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. Will Speak At The Kentucky Council of Churches
2018 Annual Assembly

Bishop Marvin F. Thomas, Sr. will speak at the Kentucky Council of Churches 2018 Annual Assembly convening October 25-26, 2018 at the Jeffersontown Christian Church located at 10631 Taylorsville Road in Louisville, KY.

Bishop Thomas serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which includes the Kentucky and Ohio-Central Indiana Regions. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Lay Ministry and the action pastor of the Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Cincinnati.

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in Sociology from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.Register here for the Annual Assembly:

A.C.T. to End Racism: Hard Truths in Beloved Community
October 14-17, 2018

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center   College Park, Maryland

Register Today!

“The reign of God is among you.” Jesus said it again and again. The disciples acted as if they believed it. They broke with their old way of life and began to walk with Jesus in a new way that honored the image of God in all people (Gen 1:26); announced good news to the poor (Luke 4:18), and welcomed all to the table (Matt 9:10-11).

The Christian Unity Gathering 2018 follows the rally of April. We will imagine the world without racism and will identify next steps to help create that world among us now.

Come to CUG to join with others in awakening to that world. Leave with a plan to start building it.

Keynote Speaker:

Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker is Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  He is also a mediator and peace builder with over 30 years of experience including serving as Senior Program Associate for the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (NIDR) in Washington, DC and Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.  Hooker is a PhD graduate of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, a graduate of Emory University’s School of Law (J.D.) and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div) and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Hooker’s work has taken him to Bosnia, Croatia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), Kenya, Uganda, and Cuba.  He is the author of The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (2016) and co-author of Transforming Historical Harms(2012). Hooker’s primary interest is in conscious and unconscious impacts of narratives in the creation, understanding, and resolution of conflict.


Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton is the 59th Bishop and the first female Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church since its founding in 1870.  She is presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, which includes the states of Alabama and Florida.  Her first episcopal appointment was to the new Eleventh Episcopal District in East Africa.  She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College (Fairfield, AL), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Miles Foundation Service Corporation and Ecumenical Officer and Endorsing Agent for the CME Church. 

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for 9 years, prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 162-year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ. A registered nurse with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Rev. Blackmon’s clinical focus was cardiac care and in latter years her focus shifted to mobile healthcare in underserved communities with the greatest health disparities in her region. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham – Southern College (1985), and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (2009).

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(Prepared by Rev. Dr. Ore Spragin, the Editor of the Christian Index)

Dear C.M.E. Family,

            The bishops and general officers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the president/dean of Phillips School of Theology, gathered September 26-28 in a working retreat to envision together directions for a new quadrennium.

            The body carefully drafted what we agreed upon as a new mission statement for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, as follows:

The mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be disciples of Jesus the Christ by serving individuals, communities and the world as the representative, loving presence of God and as witnesses to God’s salvation and grace.

            After drafting the mission statement, the body drafted the following vision statement:

The vision of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is to be a transforming church for Jesus the Christ within a changing world.

             As the days move forward, and the leadership of the denomination works through a strategic plan as directed by the General Conference and puts “flesh to bones” by naming connectional commissions and committees for the quadrennium, we expect these statements to guide the directions of our plans. 

Please pray with and for the leadership of the CME Church as we seek to be the disciples God calls us to be.



                                                                                    + Lawrence L. Reddick III

 Note:  The Mission Statement and Vision Statement are posted under the menu, About The CME Church, Our Mission & Beliefs.

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