The Second Episcopal District

April 21-22, 2017

Phillips Temple CME Church

565 Palmwood Ave., Toledo, OH  43604

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. 

Presiding Prelate

Rev. Bruce Gibson

Host Presiding Elder

Clevland Pittsburgh District

Rev. Nicholas Betts

Host Pastor

Phillips Temple, Toledo

Guest Speakers

Dr. John Eason

Texas A&M University

*Conference Presenter*

Rev. O. D. Walker

Phillips Temple, Indianapollis

*Communion Preacher*

Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh

Cleaves Memorial, Evansville

*Closing Worship*

Radisson Inn at the University of Toledo Medical

3100 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, OH


The rate is $99.00 per night plus tax, the cutoff date for this rate is April 6, 2017.

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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

The 2017 Spring Gathering of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will convene on April 21-22 at the Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 565 Palmwood Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604, (419-242-7906), the Reverend Dr. Nicholas Betts is the host pastor. Phillips Temple is leaving no stone unturned in their preparation for our arrival.

Gathering Schedule: The Gathering will officially open at 2:45 pm on Friday, April 21st and will close at or around 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 22nd. The 2nd District Young Adults will provide the leadership for the majority of the worship services and programming for the Gathering.

*Please note that we will observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Friday evening at 6:15 pm*

Special Guest:

We are privileged to have Dr. John Eason, of College Station, TX as our guest presenter this year. Dr. Eason is a Sociologist, who has done great work in the areas race relations and prison population. His presence and presentation will be aligned with the focus of the Ohio Council of Churches.


The Radisson Inn at the University of Toledo Medical is the host hotel for the Gathering. The rate is $99.00 per night plus tax. The cutoff date for this rate is April 6, 2017. The hotel is located at 3100 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, OH (419-381-6800).


Each pastor, conference officers, and all attendees are asked to register for the Gathering with $35.00. Children and youth registration is $12.00. Thank you very much for your cooperation and support.

July 12-14, 2017

The Kentucky Region Annual Conference:
Brown Memorial, Louisville, KY

Reverend Reginald Barnes, Host Pastor

Note: In that this is the year that we must elect General Conference delegates, I am asking all congregations to make sure you have registered your full complement of delegates to the Annual Conference. Also, please be advised that we might begin at 1:30 PM on Wednesday so that we can hopefully close the conference by 2:30 PM on Friday. Please be prepared to begin on time so that we might end of time.

July 19-21, 2017

The Ohio Central Region Annual Conference:

Phillips Temple, Trotwood, OH

Reverend Jimmy Washington, Host Pastor

Note: In that this is the year that we must elect General Conference delegates, I am asking all congregations to make sure you have registered your full complement of delegates to the Annual Conference. Also, please be advised that we might begin at 1:30 PM on Wednesday so that we can hopefully close the conference by 2:30 PM on Friday. Please be prepared to begin on time so that we might end of time.

August 11-12, 2017

The 2017 Church Renewal & Growth Consultation

Womack Temple, Indianapolis, IN

Reverend Henry Peterson, Sr., Host Pastor

August 19-25, 2017

CME National Lay Institute & Unity Summit

Atlanta Ga


To my beloved Second Episcopal District family, whom I love and am blessed to share with as partners in the ministry of Jesus Christ. I always keep you close in my heart and thoughts. I borrow the words of the writer of 3 John and say to you; “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2-NKJ) I remain grateful to the 2014 General Conference for this assignment to serve with you in the Second Episcopal District, where #EverySecondCounts. Let us continue to stay together as we do the work of kingdom building in this heartland of these United States.

 A lot has happened since we were last in touch with each other. The tenure of the 1st African American President has come to an end. The nation is now led by the 45th President of the United States. Let us be in prayer for our nation and the world. I have much more to say but there will be opportunities to say much more as time unfolds. I will say, I am concerned by what I already see. But who knows what all of this may mean for us as a people, nation, and world. No matter what, we have the assurance that this is “our Father’s world.” Therefore, I am depending on God and I invite you to do likewise.

One of my delights is having the pleasure of expressing my gratitude to the presiding elders, pastors, and members of the 89 congregations that made up the Second Episcopal District. You have done so much to make me proud and honored to serve as your presiding bishop. Let me thank you for the excellent reports made during our December reporting period. Because of the financial reports made on each presiding elders’ district by all the congregations, we were able to again meet our obligations to the Connectional Church. I thank you for the support given to Phillips School of Theology’s Pastors’ Conference and Founders’ Day events. The Second Episcopal District reported $25,000.00. Please know that beginning next year, our asking will be $30,000.00. Let us begin now preparing to meet that goal. In addition, I want to thank you for your assistance with the Fund to Assist Other Churches. Although we didn’t raise as much as I would like for us to have raised, I am grateful what we did raise and for the churches who assisted us. Please know that out of those funds, we have assisted in some small way, Stewart Memorial in Columbus and Miles Memorial in Louisville. Finally, let me thank the presiding elders, districts, congregations, organizations, and individuals who shared gifts with me during the Christmas season. It was my intent to send personal expressions to each of you. If I did not, please forgive me, it was an oversight.

The College of Bishops voted to designate February as “Love St. Jude Month”. I am asking each congregation in the Second to lift a special offering for St. Jude one Sunday in February. Please let us join the fight to find a cure for cancer among children. Please send your funds to your presiding elder. Thank you for your support and cooperation with this worthy cause.

Please keep the Council in your prayers, I have been elected to serve as its president for the next two years. I will be calling upon our churches in the State of Ohio to help me have a successful and fruitful tenure as president.

As you know, we used the Saturday immediately following our Spring Gathering to share in a Second Episcopal District-Wide Ministry with the Homeless. This year’s date is Saturday, April 29th. This year, we will be joined in our ministry with the entire CME Connection. This day will see more than 10,000 CMEs, including bishops, general officers, presiding elders, pastors, lay persons, missionaries, young-adults, youth, and children sharing the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed to more than 75,000 homeless persons across the breath and length of this nation. Last year in the Second we shared with more than 3,500 homeless persons through our efforts on that day. I am hoping that we can share love with more than 4,500 homeless persons this year. Last year some churches did not participate and this is not going to be accepted this year. I expect every congregation of the Second Episcopal District to be engaged in this ministry on this day or no later than the following Saturday. In some communities, homeless is not as easy to identify as in others communities. If this is the case in your community, please use April 29th as a time to share love with persons in a local nursing home.

Closing Thought:

“If it’s important to you, you will make happen.

If it’s not important to you, you will find excuses not to do it.”

 Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, (UMC)

~Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.~

  • Reverend Lovie D. Brown, 89 - passed December 28, 2016

  • Homegoing Service: Phillips Temple CME, Indianapolis, IN

  • Jan. 7, 2017 (11:00 pm)

  • Reverend Guy J. Robinson, 98 - passed January 13, 2017

  • Homegoing Service: St. Phillips CME, Hamilton, OH

  • Jan. 20, 2017 (1:00 pm)

• Rev. Elizabeth Hudson

The Memorial Service will be held

Monday, March 6, 2017. at 6:00 pm

Harris Memorial, 3950 Haney Rd. Dayton, Ohio 45416.

The family of Rev. Elizabeth Hudson is requesting that flowers & monetary donations can be sent to the ”Elizabeth Hudson Memorial Fund” at Harris Memorial CME Church, 3950 Haney Road, Dayton, Ohio 45416. Please make checks payable to Harris Memorial CME Church

• Kimberly L. Melton

All Services will held at

Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church

210 E 34th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205

(Public Viewing)

Friday, March 10th, 4pm - 8pm - (Family Calling Hour @ 6pm)

Saturday, March 11th, 9am - 11am

(Funeral Service)

Saturday, March 11th, 11am

(Funeral Home)

Williams and Bluitt Funeral Home (Peoples Chapel)

5252 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46218, (317) 923-2381

(Burial:  Washington Park North Cemetery)

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