RAYAC

Richard Allen Young Adult Council

Richard Allen Young Adult Council

History and Background

The Richard Allen Youth Council was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, during the 150th celebration of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The Sesquicential Festival of Negro Methodism was celebrated by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, June 22-27, 1937. It marked 150 years of progress by the AME Church since Richard Allen and his followers withdrew from St. George M.E. Church in Philadelphia, PA, in 1787. It was the beginning of a movement for self-help, self-movement, and self-direction in the religious life of people of African descent in America.

This agency came from the vision of Dr. S. S. Morris, Sr., who committed to the idea of bringing existing youth organizations together in the format of a council. It was not the intent of the RAYC to replace any youth agency or organization. Each organization would keep its own identity.

The primary goal of the RAYC was to coordinate and unify the total program which the local church offered its youth.

The RAYAC today

Richard Allen Young Adult Council (RAYAC) was born at the 45th Quadrennial Session of the AME Church, and is an outgrowth of the Richard Allen Youth Council (RAYC). The RAYAC no longer serves as an overseeing body of other youth organizations, it is now a group for young adults between the ages of 21-39. The goal of the RAYAC is to retain young adults to the Lord, the church, and to lead young adults to use their gifts and talents in the service of the Lord.

Annual Membership Dues: $40.00

Connectional Officers (2018-2022)

 
President- Ms. Martinique Mix, 6th
Vice President-Rev. LeSean Tarkington, 5th
Recording Secretary- Ms. Angel Wilson, 13th
Corresponding Secretary-Mr. Thembinkosi Kumalo, 19th
Treasurer- Sis. D’ana Downing, 4th
Parliamentarian-Bro. Timothy Dorsey, 2nd
Chaplain – Rev. Shawin Reynolds, 16th
Editor-Bro. H. Matthew Seawright, 9th
Historian- Mr. George M. Gordon II, 6th

Committee Chairs(appointed)

Program Planning- Rev. Ritney A Castine, 8th
Constitution and By Laws-Mr. Kyal Wright, 2nd
Social Action-Mr. Sabata Mojaki, 15th
Evangelism- Rev. James Wesley Dennis III, 7th
Evaluation-Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, 12th