Mayor Madden Issues Proclamation Honoring Rev. George William Whitfield
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden issued a proclamation honoring Reverend George William Whitfield, Pastor at Fifth Avenue AME Zion Church in Troy, on the occasion of his 3rd pastoral anniversary with the church and 20th year in the ministry.
On Sunday, June 28th, the Fifth Avenue AME Zion Church congregation and Pastoral Anniversary Committee will commemorate Rev. Whitfield’s recent anniversaries during their virtual worship service.
Full text of the proclamation is below:
WHEREAS, because of the many important contributions that Reverend George William Whitfield, Pastor at Fifth Avenue AME Zion Church, has made to the City of Troy, he is deserving of special recognition; and
WHEREAS, at the age of 16, George William Whitfield’s spiritual journey began at St. Peter’s AME Zion Church in Cleveland, OH, where he began preaching in November 2000; and
WHEREAS, prior to becoming pastor at Fifth Avenue AME Zion Church in Troy, Rev. Whitfield served in many parishes across the country, including Brown Community A.M.E. Zion Church in East St. Louis, IL, and First A.M.E. Zion Church located in Portland, OR; and
WHEREAS, during his time as a faith leader within the AME Zion ministry, Rev. Whitfield has served as a leader in various roles and activities, including as member of the Connectional Young Adults in Christian Ministry Steering Committee, the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Black Social Workers, and as a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Troy Housing Authority as Vice Chair; and
WHEREAS, on Sunday, June 28th, 2020, the Fifth Avenue AME Zion Church congregation will celebrate Reverend George William Whitfield’s 3rd Pastoral Anniversary and 20th anniversary with the ministry.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, I, Patrick Madden, Mayor of the City of Troy, New York, do hereby recognize and honor
Rev. George William Whitfield
on this most auspicious milestone marking two decades of spiritual leadership and lifelong commitment to faith, good works, and service to our community. We wish him continued prosperity and success in the future, and express our appreciation for his valued contributions to the City of Troy.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Troy, New York to be affixed this 25th day of June 2020.
Mayor, City of Troy