We have some of the hardest working men and women for the Lord! 

Rev. Dr. Vera Alice Bagneris -Chaplain

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Regional Chaplain, Farwest Region, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Hospice/Palliative Care Chaplain Lead Chaplain Los Angeles and Ventura Counties San Gabriel Valley & Foothills


Community Chaplain Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, California

Resource Chaplain, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, California 

2015, D.Min., Pastoral Care and Counseling, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH

2012, M.Div., Spiritual Care and Counseling, Claremont School of Divinity, Claremont, California


Chaplain Vera Alice was Called to the work of a Chaplain during her seminary training at Claremont School of Theology. The Call to chaplaincy was immediate. Rev. Vera Alice knew she felt most at home ministering to patients, families, staff and the community-at-large in times of trauma and crisis. During her studies at the Board of Examiners (B.O.E.) of the A.M.E. Church, the Dean, Rev. Kelvin Callaway, D.Min., Pastor Darryl E. Walker, and her teachers, helped her in the discernment process. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland and the Southern California Conference B.O.E. saw the vision for ordination not solely for pulpit ministry. They opened their arms for Ordination and Ecclesiastical Endorsement for chaplaincy.

Rev. Vera Alice is a trauma, debriefing trauma, Critical Care, Neo-natal Intensive Care, Fetal Demise, hospice, palliative care, geriatrics and end-of-life care, chaplain. Rev. Chaplain Vera Alice hears God Speak in times of tribulation. She sees herself as representing the Message of Jesus Christ that there is Hope in the midst of pain. Rev. Vera Alice ministers with the Redemptive Love of Jesus Christ.

In 2015 she successfully defended her thesis at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Her focus is Pastoral Care and Counseling. Her thesis work is, Tied to Hope: Dealing with racism in healthcare. She believes through experience that transformative change can occur in individuals and communities through a Touch of the Masters Hand. In 1993, the doctors said, she would not live to see 1996. The doctors gave her a death sentence. As you can witness, she lives! She now has a life mission to spread the Word that Jesus can and does heal minds, souls and bodies.

Elaine Mosley-Stokes Evangelist

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 Married to Trustee Kenneth Stokes, Sr. 

 Born in Denver Colorado on September 29.  Evangelist Elaine~ middle name being Grace~ was destined to have a calling. Elaine  grew up  a Baptist. She moved to St. Louis Missouri and then to Los Angeles, California 2 years later.   

Elaine attended CSUN California State University Northridge where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  Elaine went on to work a career in sales for over 25 years. 

Through Mr. and Mrs. John Guy  and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dixon she was introduced to the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She joined in 1997. Elaine has two daughters Miranda and Stephanie that also serve faithfully in the church.  

Rosemary Pyatt who was the Women's Missionary President asked her to join the Women's Missionary Society and she served as the WMS 1st VP.

Her daughters joined the YPD.  She served as an Usher, the announcement clerk, a Class Leader as well as the Trustee Board. 


In 2004, Holy Trinity AMEC merged with St John AMEC becoming St John Holy Trinity AMEC.  Elaine served on Steward Board for 8 years and as Pro Tem temporarily while the Pro tem was on leave of absence.  


 In 2012, Rev Mary-Jamerson-Polk married Kenneth Stokes and Elaine together they started a new life. Elaine had a call to preach which was later confirm by her mentor Pastor Mary Jamerson-Polk and Presiding Elder  Benjamin Hollins.  After several conversations, he gave her a license to preach. Elaine studied with The Southern California Board of Examiners where she received her Certificate to become an Evangelist from Bishop T. Larry Kirkland in 2014. Elaine Mosley-Stokes currently serves as an Evangelist at St. John Holy Trinity AME Church. 

Min. Brandon M. Green- Licentiate

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Clotus McGhee Austin - Evangelist

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Married to Trustee Martin Austin