Florence-Dillon AME lay organization recognizes competition winners
Florence-Dillon District Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church recently culminated its 2020-21 conference year with the announcement of the following three winners: • Marissa E. Green has been named the winner of the district’s JTW Mims Allen Little Stars Parade of Talent. She performed a dance routine to the song, “We Fall Down” by Donnie McClurkin. Marissa is the five-year-old daughter of Marlon Williams and Ricca Green, and granddaughter of Joyce Green. She is a rising kindergartener in the PYP (Primary Years International Baccalaureate Program) at North Vista Elementary School. Marissa is also a member of St. Paul AME Church (Claussen), under the leadership of Rev. Elroy Davis, Pastor and Sister Lueberta Green, Lay Organization President. She will be featured during the SED (Seventh Episcopal District) Lay Organization’s virtual State Convention which is scheduled for June 11-13 in Columbia. • Sister Christa Edwards, a member of Weston Chapel AME Church, under the leadership of Rev. Leonard Simmons and a member of Florence-Dillon District Lay Organization, will represent the Northeast South Carolina Conference Lay Organization in the virtual Seventh Episcopal District Madam 7th Pageant during the State Convention. She is actively involved in the following auxiliaries of her church: member of the Board of Trustees, senior choir, head of the Stewardess Board, and treasurer of the Women Missionary Society. She is married to Brother Alvin Edwards, who is the president of the local Lay Organization. They are the proud parents of three children: Andria, Alex and Adria. They are also the grandparents of eight and great-grandparents of 16. • Thomas Spears won the District level oratorical contest, an annual competition for prospective graduating high school seniors in the Florence-Dillon District. He spoke on the topic, “Leaning on the Promises of God as You Face Uncertainty on Your Christian Journey. We are More Than Conquerors.” As the District winner, Thomas represented his district in the conference competition and was declared the winner on May 22. He will compete in the state competition this weekend during the state convention. Thomas is the son of William and the Rev. Lisa Spears. He is a 2021 Early College Graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College and a student at South Florence High School where he will graduate with honors. He is a member of Magnolia AME Church in Latta, where Rev. Lisa Spears is pastor and his local lay president is Sister Mary Davis. His church activities include being a church musician. He played varsity basketball at South Florence High School where he was the first Early College graduate. He has been accepted to Coastal Carolina University where he will major in exercise science.