Rev. Dr. Ellen Canty McEachern - Assistant Pastor
Rev. Dr. Ellen Canty McEachern is the Assistant Pastor and First Lady of Macedonia AME Church, where she serves with her husband, the Rev. Dr. Richard O. McEachern. Rev. Ellen, as she is fondly known, is the advisor to the Grace E. Wares Women's Missionary Society and the Women's and Health Ministries of Macedonia. She is the Spiritual facilitator of "Led by the Spirit Ministry," a caring, sharing and spiritual support ministry.
Rev. Ellen earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at North Carolina A&T State University; she earned both a Master's Degree in Community Health Nursing and Public Health from Hunter College. She also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate from Adelphi University as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Rev. Ellen earned the Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. On May 20, 2017, Rev. Dr. Ellen earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. The HELPS Ministry (Healing, Empowering, Lifting, Parishioners Spiritually) was birthed from her Doctoral dissertation entitled, "The Impact of Christian Spirituality on African American Caregivers Experiencing Burnout." Rev. Dr. Ellen is a Clinically Trained Chaplain. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority. Rev. Dr. Ellen was appointed as the Bereavement Ministries Coordinator of The New York Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Fall of 2019. She also serves on the AMEC Health Commission for the New York Annual Conference.
Rev. Ellen has traveled abroad with Rev. Jackie McCullough's World Alive Evangelistic and Medical Crusade Ministry to Jamaica, West Indies, providing both spiritual and nursing care. Under the leadership of Rev. Nicole Edness' Outreach Ministry she has ministered to the children of Mozambique and South Africa. Rev. Ellen has provided spiritual ministry to the Children's Orphanage of Iris Ministry.
Prior to being called into the ministry, Rev. Ellen worked as a registered nurse in many staff and supervisory nursing positions. Her nursing career spans over 43 years in areas of pediatric to geriatric patient care.
Rev. Ellen and Rev. Richard are the proud parents of two adult children Nia Imani and Richard O. McEachern II. Rev. Ellen loves the Lord and diligently strives toward excelling in the spiritual gift of "servitude" while serving God's people with joy. The scripture that defines her ministry is found in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (KJV)
Rev. Sharon Y. Grizzell - Associate Minister
Rev. Sharon Y. Grizzell joined Macedonia AME Church in December 2011. She has been saved since July 1980. She was licensed to handle and preach in May 1996 and ordained in 2005. Becoming a member of Macedonia has given her a greater sense of fulfillment as she works in the field of ministry especially since her recent retirement from the professional world.
She is willing to do whatever she can to help others find salvation in Jesus Christ. Her work in the ministry gives her enormous satisfaction in answering her call to encourage, enlighten and lift up ANYONE who has lost their way. She particularly loves working with the women as well as the Macedonia congregation as a whole.
Rev. Grizzell is the mother of one daughter, Adria.