Our Director

Rev. Cyreeta (CeCe) Collins, an ordained Traveling Elder in Full Connection, enjoys coaching youth ministry leaders and Christian Educators to become creative, strategic, and cutting-edge leaders of the 21st century. As a youth, she was elected the 7th Episcopal District Youth Vice President and 1st Chairperson of the CME Youth Vice President’s Council. In 2000, Rev. CeCe was elected as the 4th and first female President of the Connectional Young Adult Ministry of the C.M.E. Church serving 2 terms. After faithfully serving 17 years as Regional Youth Ministry Director, she was appointed Regional Christian Education & Formation Director. Rev. CeCe’s ministry with young people has come full circle as she currently serves as the Connectional Youth Ministry Director of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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 2021 - 2024

 Youth Vice

President's Council

 

Meet Our Leaders

Leading the Connectional Youth Ministry into an Explosion

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Damarion King

President 
of Youth VP Council
7th Episcopal District

I attend Young Missionary Temple Church in Raleigh, NC. I hold multiple leadership positions in school and in church. In July of 2021, I was elected as the Carolina Region Youth Ministry President. I am also on my school student council executive board, and the Public Affairs officer for the Mighty Eagle Battalion JROTC. I like to say being a leader has always come naturally to me, but each day I learn something new and I continue to evolve and grow as a leader. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Cameron Kuykindall

Vice President
of Youth VP Council
1st Episcopal District

Cameron, a straight-A student who aspires to be a broadcast meteorologist and pastor in the CME Church, was born in Memphis, TN. He is a member of Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church in the Memphis, TN, where he serves as Social Media Manager. Accepting his call to ministry, Cameron is a licensed exhorter. As he continues to grow in ministry and education, Cameron says that his focus will continue to be on advancing the church into 21st-century worship and on equipping his generation and the ones to follow for the world we live in today. Cameron strives to be a voice for the voiceless and continues to be very involved in his church, school, community, and episcopal district.

Hannah Rhodes

Secretary
of the Youth VP Council
6th Episcopal District

Hannah E. Rhodes, the daughter of Frances Gayle-Rhodes, is 15 years old and a member of the Historic Mother Trinity CME Church – Augusta.  At Trinity, I serve as CYF Vice President, a member of the Youth Choir and the Unity Choir, and volunteer with the Food Pantry Ministry.  I attend both Richmond County Technical Career Magnet High School and the Cyber Security Academy, as a Cyber Security student where I am in the 10th grade.  I am a dual enrollment student at the GA Cyber Center in the Cyber Security associate degree Program.  I love reading books and learning other languages.  In my spare time I enjoy baking from scratch, caring for animals, and creating visual art.

 

Youth Vice President's Council

The Connectional Youth Vice President’s Council shall be the governing body who represent the Connectional Youth Ministry.

  • They officers shall be elected quadrennially during the Connectional Youth Conference.

  • The youth delegates from each Episcopal District shall elect an Episcopal District Vice President to serve on the Vice President’s Council.

  • The newly elected Vice President’s Council shall elect a President, Vice President, and Secretary from amongst the Episcopal District Vice Presidents.

  • They shall serve a 4-year term.

 
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Shekhinah Patterson

2nd Episcopal District
Youth Vice President

Shekhinah, 16 years old, a member of Bowmen Chapel CME in Morganfield, Kentucky and a sophomore at New Tech Institute in Evansville, In.  I plan to pursue a career in pediatric art therapy.  I have a very creative mind and whatever I can do to create something new is just amazing to her. I believe in hard work, helping others and working in groups is one of my strong attributes. There is nothing more fulfilling than a team coming together and sharing their ideas.  This allows everyone to use their mind and be a part of the final project. I’m super happy about serving as a Youth VP and can’t wait to meet new people, see new faces, and hear new voices.

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Nelson Simmons

3rd Episcopal District
Youth Vice President

Nelson, a ninth-grade Drama Major with a 4.0 GPA, attends St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the Mattie E. Coleman Missionary Circle, Youth Choir, Freshman Student Government and plays acoustic and electric guitar. Since age six, Nelson has participated in the PUSH/Excel Oratorical Program through which he has won multiple local and national competitions. He is a professional actor who appeared at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Chicago Children's Theater, and in professional and educational videos. Nelson is never afraid to let those around him know that he stands for Jesus Christ. He is a people person who loves finding the humor in things, inventing new recipes, trying new foods, and writing. His career goals are to act on Broadway, write speeches, and play the guitar. Nelson is the son of Dr. Rutherford and Mrs. Traci Simmons and has a fraternal twin brother.

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Krystiana Lawson

4th Episcopal District

Youth Vice President

Krystiana Lawson is the oldest child of Bro. Lamon and Rev. Jessica Lawson. She is a SOARING EAGLE as she is an active member of the 4th Episcopal District, Louisiana Region, Monroe District, where her Presiding Prelate is Bishop C. James King, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Earl J. Griffin, Sr. is her Presiding Elder. She attends Youngs Chapel CME Church where Rev. Pamela Peoples is the pastor. Krystiana is excited to serve as the newly elected 4th District Youth Vice-President. Krystiana’s motto is, “I am ready for God to use me more than He already has. I am a follower of Christ. I KNOW and will ALWAYS KNOW MY GOD is REAL!”

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Chrissy Beasley

5th Episcopal District
Youth Vice President

Chrissy, a high school freshman is actively involved in school activities. She loves God, praise & worship music and attends Williams Memorial CME Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL under the dynamic leadership of Rev. Calvin Hopkins with her family. Chrissy is a member of the 5th Episcopal District where Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton is the Presiding Prelate. She loves shopping, fine dining and watching Tik Tok videos. Chrissy deserves to serve GOD, become a doctor, and open her own daycare center. This is an exciting yet humbling experience as she serves as 5th Episcopal District Youth Vice President. Chrissy looks forward to connecting and serving her peers.

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Miguel Myers

8th Episcopal District
Youth Vice President

Hi, my name is Miguel L. Myers ll. I'm 17 years old, I was born and raised in Houston Texas with my two parents Juwana Roberts and Miguel Myers. By the grace of God, I'm currently a senior at North Shore Senior High School which is also in Houston Tx. I enjoy sports but I do not play any, instead, I'm a two-time varsity athletic trainer in my Sports Medicine Program. My church home is Miles Chapel CME Church under the leadership of Rev. Valencia Edner. 
With that being said, I would like to thank my Bishop, Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III for allowing me to represent the Eighth Episcopal District.

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Cheyanne King

9th Episcopal District
Youth Vice President

I attend Lewis Metropolitan CME Church in Los Angeles, California. I’m in the 10th grade and a varsity cheerleader at my school. In church, I help with the Media Ministry and a member of the Praise Dance Ministry. My love for dance extends outside the church participating with the Precision Dance Company where I take ballet, jazz, and hip hop. I am very excited to serve as a youth VP and grateful to be a leader for my church!