Woman's National Evangelistic & Missionary Conference, Inc.
Rev. Alice V. J. Winston, Founder
The Reverend Alice V.J. Winston was born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1877. She answered the call to ministry in the early 1900’s. Rev. Winston’s “yes” to God came at a time when women in ministry were generally not accepted, acknowledged or ordained in most mainstream African American denominations. She eventually united with the Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was ordained an elder.
Rev. Winston answered another call of God to organize the Woman’s National Evangelistic and Missionary Conference, Inc. (WNEMC). She wrote, “And the Lord carried me upon a high mountain and said to me—call the women preachers, the singing evangelists, the cottage workers and the slum workers, and after I called, thousands responded from all corners of the earth, representing all denominations; some came crying, some shouting, some laughing, and then the Lord said to me- tell them to go forward, and lo I am with you always! And so in obedience to the Great Creator of heaven and earth I go forward leading them and if I perish – I perish.”