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Dr. Jeanette L. Bouknight, a lifelong CME, is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. The daughter of Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Dorothy Bouknight, Sr., she migrated to Detroit, Michigan in 1966.
She was educated in the public school systems in Columbia, South Carolina and Detroit, Michigan. Graduating from David Mackenzie High School with a high school diploma, she attended Wayne County Community College and received an associate of arts degree. She then earned a bachelor degree in marketing from Davenport University. She was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from Texas College in May, 2013.
She began employment at Quaker Chemical Company as a purchasing agent and then moved to 3M. After 32 years of service at 3M, Jeanette retired in 2008 from the position of Marketing Services Administrator where she had responsibility for planning, organizing and implementing trade shows, events and meetings that included contract negotiations with companies in the travel industry.
Jeanette is a member of Central Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where she serves as the executive secretary. She served as Director of Christian Education for four years and has held various positions in the local Women’s Missionary Society.
She has been a member of the Detroit District Joint Board of Finance. She functioned as parliamentarian and the Representative to the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women for the Detroit District Women’s Missionary Society
On the region level, Jeanette functioned for twenty years as the executive secretary assistant of Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr. and Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr.; this included assisting in planning meetings and the administrative work of the Third Episcopal District. Her work with the Michigan-Indiana Region Women’s Missionary Society includes serving as secretary of Literature and Publications, Representative to the National Council of Negro Women and Representative to the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.
Connectionally, Jeanette began serving under the administration of Mrs. Pauline B. Grant who was then the Women’s Missionary Council President. She served as Administrative Assistant to Dr. Judith E. Grant, then the President of the Women’s Missionary Council. Working with the National Youth and Young Adult Conference, Jeanette has assisted administratively and with registration. She has also worked with the CME Convocation as Registrar and as Assistant to the Onsite Coordinator during the administration of Dr. N. Charles Thomas.
Jeanette was elected in 2010 in Mobile, Alabama as the Executive Secretary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Using her knowledge and skills in the hospitality industry, she is the official meeting planner for the CME Church. In her role as Executive Secretary she also represents the CME church ecumenically. Jeanette served as the Executive Director of the 25th Annual CME Convocation in 2011 and Executive Director of the inaugural CME Unity Summit in 2012.
Her goal is to make the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church “An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry” through her humble service.
She lives by the motto, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”
Her favorite Bible verse is: “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)