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Bethel AME Church hosting south Georgia conference

ALBANY -- The 100th session of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church convenes at 10 a.m. today at the Albany Civic Center.

Bethel AME Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Ernest Davis Jr., is hosting the conference, which continues through Thursday. Members from 60 churches in the districts will be attending.

The Albany/Valdosta district is lead by the Rev. Jacqueline D. Smith as presiding elder. The Rev. Harvey R. Williamson is presiding elder of the Thomasville/Bainbridge district.

Bishop William P. DeVeaux, presiding prelate of the AME Church's Sixth Episcopal District, will preside over the conference. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend.

The conference is a mixture of business sessions and worship services. Midday and evening worship services will be conducted each day. The programs are open to the public.

The conference will also celebrate the eight years that Bishop DeVeaux and his wife, Pam DeVeaux, Episcopal supervisor, have been the leadership team in the district.

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has proclaimed today as African Methodist Episcopal Day in Albany.

The conference closes Thursday evening with an ordination/closing service in the sanctuary of Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Westover Boulevard.