Gulfside Assembly Leadership Development Series

Fall- Winter Webinar Series 2021

Date: August 14, 2021 11am CST
Topic/Title:  My First Semester in College
Speaker:  Vashti Bryant
Description: Practical Tips for navigating your first semester including schedules, professors, expectations and tool and resources available to assist students.
Who Should attend: HS seniors and college Freshmen (parents welcome)
Date: September 11, 2021 11am CST
Topic/Title:  History of African Americans and professional development
Speaker:  Dr. Eva Baham
Professor of History
Dillard University
Description: Join us in discussion with Dr. Eva Baham as she examines the historical journey of African Americans, in the US, as it relates to images and ideas of professionalism. This includes topics related to language and tone, code-switching, and policies around attire and hair that directly impact African Americans (the crown act).
Who Should attend: Open to all
Date: October 9, 2021 11am CST
Topic/Title:  How to apply for scholarships and scholarship opportunities
Speakers:  Dr. Crystal E. Banks & Dr. Cynthia Boyd Hopkins
Black College Fund
The United Methodist Church
Description: Money: the elephant in the room in every discussion about college. As a student, your main interest is getting into your preferred college. However, you should never neglect finances, since it’s probably your most important aspect of education in the upcoming years.
Join us in discussion with Dr. Banks as she shares key tips to finding, applying, and securing scholarship funds for college
Who Should attend: HS and college students (parents are welcome)


September 20-22, 2019


The Wade in the Water Pilgrimage was a moving time of learning and setting a new vision for the participants.  Friday evening,James Patterson Smith, Rev. Cynthia Cross, and Rev. Beth Matthews offered perspectives on life as it was in the mid 20th century how that experience was different for Black and White Americans.  Saturday morning began with breakfast at Gulfside Assembly.  Gulfside’s important role in the lives of Black Americans and the Civil Rights Movement was shared.  The group journeyed to the office of Dr. Gilbert Mason Sr. and listened to Clemon P. Jimerson, Sr. as he shared about the civil rights work involved in opening up the beaches.  Lunch was served at St. Paul UMC, Biloxi and as everyone ate, more eyewitness accounts were shared with those present.  The pilgrimage concluded with remembrance and worship on the beach in Biloxi. 

Mission Education Travel Study Seminar

June 25-30, 2019

Our 2019 tour was a great success!  We had over 30 adults and youth who traveled to South Carolina.  As they journeyed, they visited colleges, the Charleston harbor and aquarium, and participated in the Southeast Jurisdiction BMCR Harambee at Claflin University.  Our team even won the basketball tournament!