Friends for Payne was established in 1993 as a volunteer non-profit group to support Payne Theological Seminary’s commitment to the A.M.E. Church, the acquisition of a ministerial education for those interested in pastoring, counseling, teaching, the chaplaincy, and lay Christian awareness. By perpetuating the Seminary’s legacy, established by pioneer educator Daniel A. Payne, we facilitate and encourage sound preparation as we serve and hope to engender service in others. Friends for Payne is a cross-section of people from the Wilberforce, Xenia, Yellow Springs, Springfield, and Dayton, Ohio communities whose services advance the School and assist in keeping it viable.


  • Beautification of sundry shrubbery around the Seminary
  • Monetary gift in support of the Payne Library
  • Provided funds to the Payne handicap ramp
  • Maintained a food pantry for students for several years
  • Developed the Walkway of Faith
  • Installed carpet and furnishings to the lower level of the Seminary
  • Decorated and provided some furnishings for a Seminary apartment
  • Provided support in the re-accreditation of the Seminary
  • Assisted in filing and storing of library books
  • Monetary gift for Mitchell Hall window restoration
  • Funded the Payne Historical Marker


Anginette Coleman

Vice President
Nan Harshaw

Recording Sec.
Frances Smith

Corresponding Sec.
Marie Woods

Urcelle Willis

Mrs. Nancy Stokes


Mrs. Dolores Alston
Mrs. Lelia Austin
Ms. Marsha Bayliss
Benette DeCoux
Mrs. Grace Tinsley Clark
Mrs. Anginette Coleman
Mrs. Leanora Brown
Ms. Althea Smoot, Liaison
Mrs. Donna Hill
Mrs. Phyllis Jackson
Mrs. Phyllis Johnson
Mrs. Hattie Lawson

Mrs. Lillie Massie
Mrs. Connie Miller
Mrs. Wanda Mills
Mrs. Alberta Minor
Ms. Barbara Pressley
Mrs. Janice Rucker
Ms. Deborah E. Stokes
Ms. WarKoneta Tucker
Mrs. Dorothy C. Vivians
Mrs. Evelyn Walker
Mrs. Esther Williams