Annual State Conference Held at Local Church

MAY 17, 2005 -- Nearly 1,000 members of the AME Church are in town looking for ways to reach out to the community.

St. Stephen AME Church in Wilmington is hosting this year's annual conference.

Denomination leaders will adopt resolutions and ordain and assign ministers.

Bishop Adam Richardson, Jr. says an increasing number of women are becoming leaders. Richardson says the church must also reach out to men.

The conference has been held each year for 136 years.