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Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. and the Presiding Elders of the Second Episcopal District. From left to right:

Presiding Elder Bruce Gibson (Cleveland-Pittsburgh District), Presiding Elder Martha Granger (Evansville-Hopkinsville District), Bishop Thomas, Presiding Elder Vincent Farris (Louisville-Lexington District), and Presiding Elder Tracy Jackson (Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District).

The mission of the CME Church in the Second Episcopal District is to form Christian disciples through the systematic training and development of CME clergy and laity. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, CME disciples will preach and teach the word of Christ, nurture spiritual growth and stewardship, and witness and organize for systematic and social change in our communities. Our quadrennial theme is "The Investment Factor: A Changed People Changing the World."

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Presiding Prelate

Our District Encompasses

Ohio & Central Indiana Annual Conference

Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District
Cleveland-Pittsburgh District

Kentucky Annual Conference

Louisville-Lexington District
Evansville-Hopkinsville District


October 7, 2017
Fannie Chapel CME Church
204 Durham Street, Campbellsville, KY 42718
Rev. DeWayne GoLightly, Pastor

Rev. Vincent Farris, Presiding Elder


​​​​​​​October 14, 2017
Phillips Chapel CME Church

523 King Street, Sturgis, KY 42459
Rev. Velma Thomas, Pastor
Rev. Dr. Martha Granger, Presidng Elder

The gathering will be held at
Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church
618 Pike Street, Sturgis, KY 42459


October 21, 2017
Phillips Chapel CME Church

413 Iroquois Avenue, Akron, OH 44305
Rev. Sherree Winn, Pastor
Rev. Bruce B. Gibson, Presiding Elder


November 4, 2017
Burton Temple CME Church

2302 Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226
Rev. Thomas McClendon, Pastor
Rev. Tracy L. Jackson, Presiding Elder

Fall Gathering Schedule

9a - 9:30a

9:30a - 9:45a
9:45a - 10:15a

10:15a - 11:30a

10:15a - 11:00a

11:00a - 11:30a

11:30a - 1:40a
11:40a - 12:30p
12:30p - 1:15p
1:15p - 1:45p


Centering Moments
Welcome and Reflections 

Bishop Thomas

Children & Youth Session
Led by Christian Ed. & Academy Staff


Prayer Life of Jesus and the Apostle Paul

Lay and Clergy
Conversations with Bishop Thomas

Children & Youth Presentations
Closing Worship
Pre-Planning Session

2018 Joint Annual Conference

Fellowship Lunch

The 2017 Fall Gathering and Youth Leadership Academy

When we come together at the Fall Gathering and Youth Leadership Academy on each district, it is an exciting time for me. Exciting because I get to visit churches and people from across the district; some of whom I might not see otherwise. I am expecting a record attendance at each site for this year’s gatherings. Your presiding elder should have shared with you our attendance goals for each district. Please come and bring others and don’t forget to bring your children and youth. Each church is asked to register with $30.00 per church.

Please check the Second Episcopal District website

and Facebook page for the date and location for each district.

Presiding Elders & Districts

Furneral Arangements for Harry Grover Mitchell

Son of Rev. Grover Mitchell, former presiding elder of the Cleveland-Pittsburgh District

Funeral Service were held at

Bethel CME Church, 3281 North 26th Street, Milwaukee, WS 53206.

Funeral arrangements for Harmony Seletha Williams (4 days old)

Daughter of Rev. Arthur Williams, Jr. and Monique Frisby Williams 

Visitation with the family: Wednesday, August 9th at 6:30pm

Funeral Service: Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm

All services will be held at the Phillips Memorial CME Church

421 Corral Street, Lexington, KY 40508

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to

Rev. Arthur & Monique Williams

808 Tennessee Street, Paducah, KY 42003

It is always my joy to extend salutations to my Second Episcopal District family. I continue to be excited about the direction of our District and the good work that the presiding elders, pastors, and congregations are doing. Let us continue to stay focused and keep doing the work of building the Kingdom of God, “One corner at a time.” I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who were in attendance in Atlanta for the recent Lay Institute and the Unity Summit. It meant a lot to me to have you present for those events and it had double meaning for me that you were present for one or both of the worship experiences, where I served as the preacher. Thank you for all the ways you support the District and me as your presiding prelate.

Note: I want to express my appreciation to Reverends Delmetria Cayson Combs and Ian Gibson for their roles in those events. They represented the Second Episcopal District well.

I am asking all who would and will to join me in prayer asking God for favor in a matter before the courts in Indianapolis. I am not at liberty to discuss the details, I just ask for your prayers in the matter. Thank you!

In the Book of Esther we have recorded the exchange between Esther and her relative Mordecai. The exchange centered on whether or not she would speak to the king on behalf of the Jews. She first thought it was too risky to go in and speak with the king without being called in. But Mordecai pressed the issue by saying to her, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for such a time as this.”(Esther 4:13-14-NRSV) I know that you have seen what I have seen and heard what I have heard regarding the troubling direction our nation is headed. It is disturbing, the type of leadership we have leading our nation. It is disturbing that we are seeing in this nation an unveiling and resurgence of the surpassed racism, bigotry, and the loss of a moral compass and compassion. Time nor space would permit me to list the examples of the aforementioned; but I do have the time and space to remind us that we are in a season in this nation, “when silence is not golden.” Like Esther, we the black church and the black community, do not have the luxury of keeping silent as our nation loses what little soul she has left. We must speak truth to power. We must make sure that we are registering and educating people to vote and why we cannot sit elections out. My beloved, I invite us as a church to recapture our prophetic voice. The soul of this nation and the future of our children are depending and counting on us. Who knows? Perhaps we have been given a prophetic voice for such a time as this.

I want to offer my personal congratulations to the persons who were elected as lay and clergy delegates and alternates to the 2018 General Conference, which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama in June of 2018. I look forward to going Birmingham as a team working together to represent the best interest of the Second Episcopal District and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. I need your prayers as I have been selected as the preacher for the Opening Communion Service at the 2018 General Conference.

Aid for Victims of Hurricane Harvey​​​​​​​

I am sure that you have seen the horrific pictures and images of the pain people affected by Harvey are experiencing (As I write this, it appears that another weather issue is on the horizon). Also, you and I have heard of the deaths, physical losses, and emotional trauma that our brothers and sisters are dealing with. In that we can’t do some things, I believe we ought not to let what we can’t do, keep us from doing what we can do. Therefore, I am asking each congregation to lift a love offering for the victims. You may take the offering any Sunday in the month of September. Please make the checks payable to the Department of Finance of the CME Church and forward them to your presiding elder by the 5th of October.

The 2017-2018 Conference Year​​​​​​​

As I hear of reports of how the new Conference Year is beginning across the District, I am pleased for the most part. However, I must admit that I am somewhat grieved at the news that we are having some challenges in a few places. It is my prayer and hope that these pastors and congregations will be able to work through their challenges and begin to focus on the work of Kingdom Building. Please, my sisters and brothers, with all that lies within you, I am asking that you give each other a chance.


I am asking for your respect and support when we have Episcopal Events. I was disappointed in the number of pastors who did not come to the Consultation held recently at Womack Memorial in Indianapolis. If our churches were growing by leaps and bounds, I could perhaps understand why many of you wrote it off. I realize that there are times, for various reasons, that you cannot be present for an event or meeting. My simple request is that you request to be absent in writing or by way of a telephone call. In addition, if there is a registration, I would that you would register or at least send an offering of no less than $30.00. Please remember—Only the bishop can excuse you from an Episcopal District meeting or event.

Although you and I can take some comfort in the direction the Second Episcopal District is moving, I believe that we can go further and do more, if we plan to do so. It is with this thought in mind that I am holding all of us accountable for the progress of the district at every level. Therefore, I have placed in the hands of all presiding elders and pastors some projects that we must attend to as presiding elders, pastors, and congregations in the areas of stewardship, attendance, ministry impact, and church growth. I believe that if we prayerfully plan our work and work our plan, we can begin to see growth and increase in the aforementioned areas. In my meditation a few days ago, I came across these words, “And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”(Isaiah 62:12-NKJ).

As I read these words, I thought to myself that this can be said of us across the Second Episcopal District, we are the “Sought Out.” Beloved, I invite you to join with me and believe with me that this year is indeed the year of accountability. We will hold each other accountable as we know that God ultimately holds us all accountable. Let us as an Episcopal District be committed to praying for wisdom and guidance as we seek to be accountable, in so doing, we can “Change the World Through Prayer: One Corner at A Time”.

“Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever.” Jude 1:24-25(NKJ)