African American Convocation

To celebrate and keep alive the African American heritage for the young Christian as well as the whole church and lived out in Jesus’ prayer to be as one that the world may believe that God sent Him. (John 17:21)

Our next CCMA Convocation will be held on April 1, 2017. Our coordinators are Paula Holliday ( and LeWanda Jackson (

The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) held its 24th Biennial Session on July 21 -24, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas.  The theme for this year’s Convocation was “Hindsight, Insight and Foresight”, which was foundationally inspired by Habakkuk 2:2-3.

During this year’s Biennial Session, there were several people from the Christian Church of Mid-America Region honored and celebrated:

  • Rev. Rhonda Aldridge, an associate minister at Centennial Christian Church in St. Louis was honored as one of the Emerging Ministers, and was granted the privilege to preach during the Emerging Minister’s Breakfast.  
  • Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker, pastor of Liberation Christian Church in St. Louis served as the evening speaker during the Friday night t-shirt and jeans worship service.  She received the Liberation Award for her leadership, passion and commitment to social and racial justice. 
  • Patricia Penelton, a member of Centennial Christian Church was installed as the new President of the National Convocation Board for 2016 – 2018 term.  

Rev. Dr. R.Wayne Calhoun challenged Convocation members to determine how they will best serve congregations in the 21st Century.

Rev. Dr. R. Wayne Calhoun, Sr., Executive for Evangelism and Congregational Transformation
Director, Office of Black Ministries in the General Office, Indianapolis, Indiana met with representatives from five of the eight Mid-America African American congregations at the Second Christian Church in New London.  Teams were formed to complete assignments to help discern the future of the Convocation.