November 2, 2015, Atlanta, GA – Turner Theological Seminary, the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) constituent seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is preparing to pay tribute to another group of its outstanding alumni. Nine persons will be recognized for their exceptional achievements in various areas of ministry and their ongoing commitment to the advancement of their alma mater during this third year of the Henry McNeal Turner Alumni Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony and Gala Reception are planned for Monday, February 8, 2016. The honorees to be inducted into the 2016 Class are:

– The Rev. Dr. Thomas Bess, Pastor, Allen Temple AME Church, Atlanta, GA

– The Rev. Michael K. Bouie, Pastor, Mt. Hermon AME Church, Miami Gardens, FL

– The Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett, International Medical Director, AME Church Connectional Health Commission

– Lieut. Commander, Ammie Davis, U.S. Military Chaplaincy, Hattiesburg, MS

– Presiding Elder Alan W. Parrott, Kingstree District Palmetto Conference, Ladson, SC

– The Rev. Wesley I. Reid, Pastor, Lee Memorial AME Church, Cleveland, OH

– The Rev. Dr. James Rumph, Grant AME Church, Los Angeles, CA

– The Rev. Dr. Mickarl Thomas, Pastor, Ebenezer AME Church, Detroit, MI

– The Rev. Dr. Timothy E. Tyler, Pastor, Shorter Community AME Church, Denver Colorado

The event will also present the first President’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. William Watley, renowned theologian, author, mentor, professor, national and internationally celebrated preacher and senior pastor of the historic St. Philip AME Church, Atlanta, Georgia.

This is a very special gathering for Turner alumni, others throughout the Connection and the broader community to recognize these women and men who are making history as effective witnesses for Christ through ministry.

Well-wishers are invited to convey congratulations to the honorees with the purchase of an ad placed in the Alumni Hall of Fame Souvenir Program. Send all camera-ready ads to by December 31, 2015.

For more about this event and other activities on the calendar for Turner’s Founders’ Week activities, go to or call (404) 527-0080.