Among the new assignments announced April 11 at the close of the Washington Annual Conference of the Second District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton as presiding elder of the Potomac District. He replaces the Rev. Dr. Louis Charles Harvey, who filled the position of the Rev. Goodwin Douglas, of the Capitol District, who retired.

The Right Rev. William Phillips DeVeaux, presiding prelate of the Second District, made several new pastoral assignments.

Rev. Braxton was pastor for 13 years of the historic Metropolitan AME Church, the National Cathedral of African Methodism, and has served some 47 years in ministry as senior pastor of AME churches in Boston, Baltimore and Portsmouth, Va. As presiding elder his responsibilities will be in the areas of management and administration, in-service training for pastors, itinerant preachers, local preachers and lay workers within the Potomac District which consists of over 40 churches in the greater Washington, D.C. area, including two churches in Baltimore County and as far away as Hagerstown, Md.

Metropolitan welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. William H. Lamar IV on Palm Sunday. Rev. Lamar served Turner Memorial AME, Hyattsville, for the past three years. A native of Macon, Ga., he was transferred to the Washington Conference in 2011 from the Florida Annual Conference where he served as pastor of churches in Monticello, Orlando and Jacksonville.