In a spirit-filled gathering of one accord ACLC pastors, ministers and friends joined with the congregation and staff of Imani Temple African-American Catholic congregation in Suitland, Maryland, on May 14, 2016, to celebrate Pentecost weekend and the conclusion of 40-Days of prayer and fasting.
Fr. Lawrence Ventline is a great friend of ACLC and very much inspired by our focus on the restoration of marriage. Upon his 40th anniversary in the priesthood he went back to visit the churches around the Detroit area that he pastured over the years. One of them is now a Baptist Church named New Liberty. He spoke with the pastor, Rev. Maurice Simage, and they decided to celebrate by having a symposium. In their discussion on a topic they both agreed that a panel discussion centered on marriage would be most valuable for the church and the community.
Since 1974, Archbishop Ki Hoon Kim has had extensive experience ministering in churches and on college campuses. He is the founder and inspiration for the True Family Values Banquet which annually brings together over 1,000 leaders of the clergy, business and political communities in Chicago. Archbishop Kim earned his Masters of Divinity degree from the Unification Theological Seminary in New York and received an Honorary Doctor of Theology from Sun Moon University in Korea. He has served as the Bishop of the Family Federation for World Peace (FFWPU) of Chicago, where he also founded the Korean Broadcasting Company and became the publisher of the Segye Times weekly Korean newspaper. Bishop Kim also served as the FFWPU national leader of Canada and is currently the Continental Chairman of the (FFWPU) USA /Canada /Caribbean Nations. Rev. Sun Myung Moon anointed him as Archbishop in March 2009. He and his wife Tamme have 4 children.
Rev. Mark Abernathy
Since 2004, Pastor Donald Mark Abernathy has been the Senior Pastor/Vice President of Connect Point Christian Center, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, a friendly international and interracial church. Pastor Abernathy is a graduate of Lighthouse Christian College where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education, and Associate degree in Biblical Studies. Pastor Abernathy has been at Connect Point Christian Center since 1985. He was Headmaster of New Life Christian School from 1985 to 1996. He has coached football, basketball and baseball, and led teams to national championships several times. In 2006 he received the prestigious N.A.A.C.P. award in religious affairs. He consults regularly with executives from a variety of businesses, schools and churches to help create spiritual life changing solutions to world-impacting problems. He and his wife, Edna, have been married since 1978, and they have one daughter and one grandson.
Archbishop Dr. Sulanch Lewis-Rose
Archbishop Dr. Sulanch Lewis-Rose is the Founder & Leader of the Little Rock Zion International Deliverance Ministries, Inc. Archbishop Lewis-Rose received a Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies at the United Theological College in Kingston, Jamaica. After she was ordained as a minister of the Gospel, she served as head of the Diocese for the Revival Zion Churches in Jamaica. She earned her Doctorate of Divinity from the Graduate School of Theology at Fordham University. She also received an honorary Doctorate Degree from My Life Bible College in Pennsylvania. As a dedicated member of the ACLC, Dr. Lewis-Rose currently serves as Co-Chairwoman of the New York Chapter.
Rev. Levy Daugherty
National Senior Executive Adviser
Rev. Levy M.B Daugherty is a founding member of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, and as former Executive Director is one of the architects of the organization. He also served as Vice-President of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification – USA. In 1989 he received an Honorary Doctorate degree. In 2002 he helped originate The American Clergy Magazine, and in 2007 he launched The King Maker Magazine and co-founded the King Maker Foundation. In 2009, he served as the Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Institute, co-founded by the late-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the late-Milton Ananias Reid. Rev. Daugherty and his wife Claire are the proud parents of 12 children, 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and one on the way.
Pastor T.L. Barrett
National Executive Committee Member
Senior Pastor of the Life Center Church of God in Christ in Chicago, Illinois since 1968. He is an accomplished musician, having recorded five albums and he is a radio talk show host. Active in a number of causes, including the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in 1995, he was one of the regional coordinators for the Million Family March in 2000. He has worked with other Chicago-area pastors and gangs to explore ways in which gangs could prevent crime in troubled urban areas. He is a strong believer in family values.
Rev. Dr. Luonne Abram Rouse is an ordained minister with the United Methodist Church and a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York. With over 20 years’ experience as a pastoral counselor, Rouse has been most effective in addictions intervention. His assistance yielded the start-up and development of two therapeutic treatment centers in Greenville, South Carolina: the Pastoral Counseling Center at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church (1989 – 1990); and the Counseling Service at Disciples United Methodist Church (1999 – 2003). Dr. Rouse studied at South Carolina State College, earned his Masters of Divinity from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2003, Dr. Rouse located to Harlem, New York with the Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church where he developed Metro Health Ministries, a counseling and consultation service for Substance Abuse Intervention and Family Therapy.
Rev. Jesse Dompreh
National Executive Committee Member
National Co-Chairman Emeritus
Rev. Reiko Jenkins
National Coordinator for ACLC Women In Ministry
Minister Reiko Jenkins has been active in the ACLC since its founding and helped organize local Prayer Breakfasts and Luncheons for women ministers and wives of pastors. Since the founding of the ACLC Women in Ministry in 2004, she organized a bi-weekly national prayer call, and national conferences for healing and reconciliation. She also serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Federation for World Peace. Minister Jenkins has been married to Rev. Dr. Michael Jenkins for 31 years. They have two sons, three daughters and two grandchildren.
National Co-Chairman Emeritus
Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr. is the Prelate and Founder of the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregations (AACC), an autonomous and African-centered Catholic Church. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Bishops’ Council. He holds a Doctor of Divinity degree. Archbishop Stallings was pivotal to the success of the 2001 We Will Stand tour, in which rallies were held in churches in all 50 states across this nation. This caused enormous growth for ACLC. The tour was the foundation for Pastors Forums, in which biblical principles are revealed, based on the inspiration of Jesus. New wine for new wineskins is the theme of Mark 2:22, in which revelation pours forth from the scriptures. Jesus tells us to not put new wine into old wineskins.
Under Archbishop’s leadership, ACLC also initiated the 172 clergy going to Korea in November of 2011 to pray at the Demilitarized Zone and also bring about unity between all faiths in Korea for peace on the peninsula. He also gives great support to the ACLC Women In Ministry, founded in 2004, in which the True Family Values seminars have developed to a new level so that women pastors and first ladies are embraced, encouraged and lifted up as leaders of all people to bring about the emphasis of purity before marriage in our youth, and fidelity and faithfulness in marriages as blessed married couples.
In 2017, ABS also led the ACLC to two major events in Korea. In September we prayed at the 38th parallel, calling all clergy to engage in an effort to turn the fortunes of Korea around from that of war to peace. He gave great support to Mother Moon and her initiative to bring the world’s religions together in November 2017, in which 80,000 gathered, with the core of that number being 200 religious leaders from America and 200 others from around the world. He is now leading the movement of the blessing of marriage in ACLC churches throughout America, in which pastors are leading their couples and the families of their church to dedicate their family to God and ask for the Holy Spirit to expand the grace of Jesus not only to the individual but on to the couples.Archbishop Stallings is a charismatic speaker, and author of the acclaimed and explosive book, I Am…living in the rhythm of the god within -in the key of g minor. He studied at the Vatican for 7 years, and has made numerous public appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, and the Phil Donahue Show. He and his wife, Sayomi, a native of Japan, are the proud parents of two sons.
National Executive Committee Member
Bishop Michael Sykes has served as Senior Pastor of the United Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey since 1988. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Rev. Sykes has been preaching since the age of thirteen. He did his undergraduate studies at Montclair State University, and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Virginia State Seminary College. An active participant in the United Clergy of the Oranges, Inc., Pastor Sykes has established youth programs, foreign missions, Men’s Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. Pastor Sykes serves as the Co-Chairman of the New Jersey ACLC.
Rev. Dr. Willie L. Weston Sr. is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Evangelistic Ministries International located in Chicago, Illinois. He celebrates 46 years of marriage to the lovely 1st Lady Evangelist Sherion M. Weston. Their three children, now raising families of their own, are all active in Ministry and the Pastorate. Their greatest feat is now to rear their four adoptive special needs children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.Rev. Dr. Willie L. Weston Sr. has been active in ministry for 33 years, receiving his ordination as an Elder from the Independent Baptist Ministry in 1978. He attended Charles H. Mason Bible College from 1994 to 1996, and in May 1997 he received his Pastoral Appointment by the Late Bishop Louis Henry Ford of the Church of God in Christ. June 1, 1997, he founded Hope Evangelistic Ministries. From 2001 – 2003, he served as the Chairman of the Ordination Board for the 7th Jurisdiction of Illinois Church of God in Christ.Rev. Dr. Willie L. Weston Sr. became a member of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) in 2001. In September 2001, he was appointed an Ambassador of Peace. July 2004, the American Family Coalition of Illinois presented him the 2004 Excellence in Parenting Award. October 2004, he received the ACLC True Family Values Award. In 2005, he was
appointed by the ACLC National Board the office of Co-convener of Chicago. In 2005, the World Christianship Ministries of Fresno, California bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity as well as receiving another from Ramah Institute of Theology in 2008. In 2008, Dr. Weston was also named in the National Registry of Who’s Who.
Rev. Dr. Willie L. Weston Sr. is known for his dynamic teaching ministry. Having traveled in ministry to all parts of North America, Europe, Africa, South Korea and many tours to Israel, he oversees Hope Evangelistic Ministries International with the mission to educate the masses with the unadulterated Word of God, to motivate the body of Jesus Christ to become kingdom builders, and to facilitate the development of today’s youth by empowerment and mentorship.
In Revelation 22:14, when referring to the Second Coming of Jesus, it reads, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.” On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, members of the American Clergy Leadership Conference of Los Angeles and their guests truly experienced a blessing from Jesus and the Holy Spirit at the Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony held at Christian Light MBC and officiated by Bishop J.L. Briggs and First Lady Peggy Briggs. In preparation for this Blessing, ACLC Los Angeles committed themselves to preparing couples to understand more deeply the significance of the Blessing; the change of blood lineage and the indemnity conditions involved with the Blessing. [Read more…]
“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…” Hebrews 5:7-9
Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr., the keynote speaker at the Saturday, April 30, 2016 ACLC Prayer Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York, gave a challenging message to an audience of 80 people. He said each believer should not only believe and follow Christ, but should become a little messiah himself. Jesus calls each of us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) We are made with the same stuff as Jesus, and if we are not “anointed ones” ourselves, how can we do “greater works” than those done by Jesus? (John 14:12) [Read more…]