Fred Anderson, Director of African American Ministries
The office of African American Ministries is in existence to assist and promote the body of Christ within the Central California Conference. It gives special emphasis to the unique cultural needs of the African-American church members and community, seeking to affect and maintain harmonious development of human relations between cultures within the sisterhood of churches. It also functions to represent the interest of the African American work on various Conference and Pacific Union committees. We are committed to the nurturing and training of our members for excellence in ministry as we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Wanda Flowers, Secretary for African American Ministries
Wanda Flowers joined the Conference in 2004 after moving to Fresno to assist with a church plant. Her part-time responsibilities as administrative assistant for African American Ministries include planning meetings, working with the African American Advisory Council (3AC), and answering phone calls and letters. She orchestrates the annual African American convocation and teen retreats, and works with the Pacific Union on events such as the African American pastor and Bible worker meetings and West Coast Youth Congress. She is also the conference's female liaison for African American Prison Ministries.
Outside of work, Wanda keeps busy with a myriad of ministries. She is an edu-therapist for families and at-risk children, a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor, and a volunteer chaplain. In her spare time, she is studying for degrees in theology and social work. She is also a foster mom with two to four teenagers in her home at any one time. "Everything I do turns into ministry," she states.
Of all Wanda's ministries, she most prizes her work as prayer line coordinator. Monday through Friday she hosts a world-wide prayer teleconference. She shares devotionals, facilitates prayer time and watches God do amazing things in people's lives. "There was just a need for it," she says simply.
One of her favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 43:2, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned."
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