The Augusta-Athens District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Lay Organization will have its annual banquet on March 10, 2007, 7 p.m., in the Paine College Cafeteria.
Lola S. Gresham Russell is the guest speaker. She is a fourth generation member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is among the third generation of those who have accepted the call to preach in her family. A native of Augusta, her maternal family and church lineage since reconstruction emanate from the city of Keysville, where her mother is the former mayor.
Professionally, she has extensive political and public service leadership experience, having served on the original staff of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and as the state field director for the successful 1998 Roy Barnes for Governor Campaign. She has represented the state of Georgia at three Democratic National Conventions, has served as a committee chair for the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Advisory Board, and has been a board member for several national/state organizations that serve women, families and children - including the CSRA Girl Scout Council and Girls Inc. She was the first black feature writer for The Augusta Chronicle, the former managing editor for the Metro County Courier and is currently a public affairs executive for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Mrs. Russell is also a full-time graduate student, currently pursuing a master's of divinity degree at Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and Boggs Academy. She accepted her call to Christian ministry in August 2004 and is a licentiate at Antioch AMEC in Stone Mountain. Her family church is Mt. Tabor AMEC in Keysville, and she was also an active member of Bethel AMEC in Augusta during her childhood. Lola is the former Connectional President of the Young People's and Children's Division of the AMEC.
She is the daughter of Mayor Emma R. Gresham and the late Quinten G. Gresham Sr. and Margie P. Scott and the late Charles Warren Scott III. She is the sister of the Rev. Dr. Quinten G. Gresham Sr., the Rev. I. LaVerne Comer and Ms. Kay Gresham Morrison. She is the proud mother of Alexis Jenee, a senior at Bennett College for Women, Cassidy Renee, a sophomore at Clayton State University, and Jameson Logan, a seventh grade student at Shiloh Middle School.