Saluting Zion’s Women

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has many women who are virtuous and of noble character, who embody the words of Proverbs 31:10-31. We restate those words to salute our sisters as Zion Women saluting Zion Women.

Zion women have labored and continue to labor in our homes, our churches, and our communities; and across the global landscape leaving a legacy worth far more than rubies. Zion women support their husbands, each husband ensuring his full confidence in her as he reaps the value she brings to his life without regret. A value that reflects her intent for him to always receive good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

Zion women seek out the best materials and work hard at their craft. They are like the merchant ships, which find wonderful surprises in foreign ports and bring them home as food for the mind, body and soul.

Zion women get up while it is still night; and provide for their family and all whom they manage. They are efficient businesswomen who consider a field and buy it; and from their earnings plant a garden. Zion women wake up in the morning ready for work and go about it vigorously without any weakness in their arms. They know the value of their efforts and do not quit before the task is completed. They grasp the tools of their trade and know how to use them.

Zion women open their arms to the poor and extend their hands to the needy. The snow does not alarm them; their household is already prepared for it. They adorn their houses and themselves with the finest fabrics. Their husbands are respected leaders in the community.

Zion women make products and sell them, while supplying the merchants with even more. They are clothed with strength and dignity; they can laugh at the days to come. They speak with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on their tongues. They watch over the affairs of their household and they sacredly manage their time wisely as not to waste any of it. Their children and husbands arise and call them blessed; their husbands praise them saying, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a Zion woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

We salute all the women of the AME Zion Church and wish we were able to salute each one in this article! We pause now to salute the following Zion Women whose names were submitted for special recognition.

Rev. Robyn Anderson

Pastor, Blackwell AME Zion Church, Hartford, CT

North Eastern Episcopal District

Rev. Anderson serves as the Chair of the Christian Education Commission on Family Life, the New England Conference Assistant Director of Christian Education and the Chair of the Zion Clergywomen’s Network. Rev. Anderson travels regularly throughout the episcopal district and attends many connectional events in an effort to strengthen our Zion. She is very excited about the Zion Clergywomen’s Network, which was the idea of the late Rev. Dr. Kathy Brown. She is determined to implement ministry that enhances family life and strengthens those who are called to service in the kingdom of God. She is known to take time every Sunday morning to send messages of encouragement to preachers around the nation. Rev. Robyn Anderson, We Salute You!

Rev. Celesta Ary

Zion Ministries, Los Angeles, CA

Western Episcopal District

In July of 2017, Rev. Ary launched The Napkin Chronicles ministry for women using John 20:7 as the thematic ministry Scripture. This ministry was born out of the necessity to provide a safe space for women to share and nurture one another in truth, absent of fear and condemnation. Rev. Ary has pastored two churches in the Los Angeles District and was instrumental in raising the funds for Peoples of Lancaster, CA to purchase a church building. She currently serves as a Chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s Hospital), where every child there is hers and treated as such. Rev. Ary is described as a passionate preacher/teacher, counselor, wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend. Rev. Celesta Ary, We Salute You!

Rev. Shirley Brockman

Founder and Pastor Walker Temple A.M.E Zion Hempstead, NY

North Eastern Episcopal District

Rev. Brockman is a member in good standing of the North Eastern Episcopal District of the New York Annual Conference, presently serving under the Rt. Rev. Dennis V. Proctor and Presiding Elder Keith I. Harris of the Loving Long Island District. She made a mark in the history of the AME Zion Church in 2003 as the first woman in 50 years to start a church in the New York Annual Conference under the episcopal leadership of the Rt. Rev. George W. Walker Carver, Sr. She is re-starting in Zion a trail in church planting that other women clergy could follow. She is active in her community, which includes providing shelter for the homeless and veteran families. She is acknowledged as a Servant of Christ. Rev. Shirley Brockman, We Salute You!