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Laymens' DepartmentMessage from Vice President Turman

On behalf of the Laymen’s Department of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is with great joy and love that I am writing to you today. Thank you for granting me this awesome privilege to lead august body of men. I am committed to building upon the success, dedication and commitment of those who came before me.

Our work this year will be a combination of exciting tasks due to COVID-19 and our first ever Virtual Annual Session. The PNBC

Virtual Annual Session is an opportunity for all of us to experience the latest technology that enables us to spread the Gospel throughout the world, quickly and efficiently.

My brothers, our financial commitments are still needed to cover the work of the Convention. Please go to the PNBC website, click donate and make your financial contribution of $60 to assist in our work for COVID-19. Our service has only been possible through both the financial and physical support of many members, friends and volunteers as we serve God by serving our fellow man.

In closing, we thank God for the opportunity to serve this great Convention and the Laymen’s Department; I look forward to us having a blessed time in the service of the Lord.

May God Bless and Keep You All.

Deacon Wallace Turman
Vice President at Large, Laymen’s 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


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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