After eight years as Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District, Bishop Adam J. Richardson recently called to order his final Washington Annual Conference. The 62nd Session, hosted by 80 churches of the Washington conference, was held at Reid Temple A.M.E. in Glen Dale, Md. Bishop Richardson will receive a new assignment in June, during the African Methodist Episcopal denomination's General Conference in Nashville, Tenn. A new Bishop will be assigned to the Second Episcopal District, which includes the Washington conference, during the General Conference.
Preceding the opening session of the conference, Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Connie Speights Richardson, Bishop Richardson's wife, held her final Women's Missionary Society convention at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. The Missionaries closed their convention at Reid Temple with the Missionary Witness and Night in White where they held a capping and pinning ceremony to welcome new missionaries.
The Son's of Allen "Mighty Men of Valor" Men's Night Celebration; Women in Ministry's luncheon and meetings; the annual Lay Witness Night and a spirit filled Youth Night Revival were included in the conference agenda. As was the very sacred Service of Ordination and Holy Communion, where 6 Itinerant Elders and 8 Itinerant Deacons were ordained and consecrated.
Bishop Richardson closed the conference with a powerful message--"The good word from the good book"--encouraging everyone to continue and complete the work God has called them to do. He preached with power and authority and members of the conference responded with shouts of affirmation and praise.
The general consensus is that Bishop Richardson has left an indelible footprint on the Washington Conference, the Second District and the Nation's Capitol.
Before reading the pastoral appointments, Bishop Richardson presented Dr. Connie Speights Richardson who made closing remarks and greetings expressing thanks to the conference components and it's leadership, for their work and ministry and friendship over the past 8 years.
Before closing, Bishop Richardson led the conference in a prayer of thanksgiving. Then he re-appointed Rev. Dr. Louis Charles Harvey Presiding Elder of the Potomac District and Rev. Dr. Goodwin Douglas, Presiding Elder of the Capitol District, as well as appointed 80 pastors to a local congregation.
Rev. Wanda London contributed to this article.