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Laymens' DepartmentMessage from Vice President Turman

To My Progressive Brother:

On behalf of the Laymen’s Department of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. I Greet in the of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with great joy and love that I am writing to you today. Thank you for giving me this awesome responsibility to service as your President and to lead this August Body of Men.

In order to keep our membership safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, PNBC leadership voted to have our second Virtual Annual Session that will be held August 1-5, 2021. A Steering Committee, appointed by President Stewart has developed a Virtual Annual Session Program, which you cannot afford to miss. We will be blessed.

The Laymen’s Department is currently scheduled to meet via Zoom on Sunday Evangelistic Service With Pastor Henry F. Johnson Jr. Heberw Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA. August 1, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST. Tuesday 3, 2021: 1:30-4:00 pm EST, Wednesday 4, 2021:1:30 pm- 4;00 pm EST and Thursday 5 ,2021: 1:30 pm- 4;00 pm EST.

,As plans are developing, we will keep you updated on our program content and schedule .In addition, Brothers our Financial Commitment is still needed to help to
sustain the Convention. Included are the Laymen’s Commitment Form and Registration information for the 60th Virtual Annual Session. Our Commitment is $25.00 for personal registration and $75.00 for Sacrificial Offering to help deal with this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for a total of $100.00 all inclusive.

Please complete and return all information to headquarters for processing or complete the form and return by email @ Payments may also be submitted PNBC website at In closing we thank God for the opportunity to service this great Convention and the Laymen’s Department. I look forward to having a blessed time in the Lord at the upcoming Annual Session on the web.

Yours In Christ,

Deacon Wallace Turman
Vice President at Large, Laymens’ Department

Contact Information:

New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
2562 Bob Wade Lane
Harvest, Alabama, 35749
Rev. Dr. Ricky L. Sykes, Pastor
E-mail: or Phone: 256-658-3327 or 256-859-2070

Laymen Commitment Form


Committed and dedicated men promoting the cause of Christ.


Empower Laymen to increase God’s Kingdom through service to others with integrity, dedication, and commitment


To be Christ like examples in everyday living, consciously living our lives with others in mind; To nurture the Christian life of Laymen through study, worship, fellowship and service.

To provide a resource center of manpower for the work of the Convention;

To enlist all the men in active Christian service to the Church through local congregation; To encourage Laymen to support the financial program of the Convention;

To equip and mobilize Laymen to infiltrate the unchurched world with the Gospel.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor: He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. “ “Each Brother reach one until Jesus Come”

Luke 4:18

2020 Officers

Deacon Wallace Turman (AL)
Vice-President at Large

Deacon Melvin L. Smith (DC)
First Vice President

Second Vice President

Deacon Timothy Simpson (CA)
Recording Secretary

Deacon Jimmy L. Harrington (SC)
Assistant Recording Secretary

Brother Roy Scott (MD)
Corresponding Secretary 

Deacon Clarence Robertson (NY)
Assistant Recording Secretary

Deacon Calvin Larts (DC)

Deacon Harvey Henley, Jr. (AL)
Financial Secretary

Deacon Kenneth B. Curry (IN)
Assistant Financial Secretary

Regional Vice Presidents at Large
Eastern – Brother Roy Scott (MD)
Midwest – Deacon Kenneth B. Curry (IN)
Southwest – Deacon Henry Embry (TX)
Southern – Deacon Jimmy L. Harrington (SC)


Deacon Jimmy L. Harrington (SC), Program Chair

Host Liaison

Deacon Hilton Bryant (GA)

Outreach Chair

Deacon Melvin L. Smith Jr. (DC)


Deacon Benjamin F. Johnson (NC)
Deacon Leonard R. Sanders, Jr. (DC)
Brother Roy Scott (MD)

Christian Education

Deacon Michael A. Johnson (CA)
Minister Thurmond Caldwell (MO)


Deacon George Williams (IN)


Deacon Percy Davis (DC)

Social Justice

Deacon Maurice Williams (MD)

Voter Registration

Brother Roy Scott (MD)

Nominating Committee

Brother Roy Scott (MD)
Deacon Michael Johnson (CA.)

Prison Ministry

Deacon Leo Randall (DC)


Deacon Melvin L. Smith, Jr. (DC)


Deacon Melvin L. Smith, Jr. (DC)
Deacon Kenneth B. Curry (IN)
Brother James T. Murrell (TN)
Deacon Henry Embry (TX)

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