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I consider myself a blessed man to have known John Fisher. Mere words are woefully inadequate for me to describe his impact on my life. As a pastor, teacher, journalist, entrepreneur, technologist and visionary he became to symbolize what all other men like myself can only hope one day to reach - a Renaissance Man.

There are three people responsible for my development in African Methodism: Paulette Coleman, retired General Officer, Bishop A.J. Richardson, my first AME Pastor and Rev. John Fisher. Paulette planted the initial seed in the early 80s, AJ watered a decade later but Rev. John gave the "increase" in 1999. As founder of AME Today, Rev. Fisher has produced a product which historians will rightly conclude as one of the most significant innovations for the AMEC in the 20th Century. In fact, I would go so far as saying that this website is the modern day equivalent to Johannes Gutenberg's extraordinary 15th century invention, the printing press. Much like Gutenberg, Fisher's vision and invention has fostered literary gains and through technology has enhanced our capability to being a true Connection.

As a technologist Fisher knew first hand the benefits of technology for our members. It was through Rev. Fisher that we are able to receive a wide range of information about our Zion. It was through Rev. Fisher that a Discussion Forum can be created to allow for the exchange of ideas and commentaries. It was through Rev. Fisher that people who I did not know prior to 1999 count as literally the 100s of people I know today. I have never attended a General Conference but thanks to Rev. Fisher in 2000 he provided a virtual experience by providing periodic updates from Cincy.

I have been involved in Internet BB for a very long time, preceeding my current AME Today affiliation. While they have been useful in my professional development they do not allow me the opportunity to interact with those of my peers and friends from the faith community. What I particularly appreciate about Fisher's innovation is his sincere interest in desiring to keep our members "in the loop" on matters of ecclesiastical importance. Now some have suggested that this website has made me a "cyber celebrity". Perhaps. But, if there is a kernel of truth to that gratuitous compliment my indebtedness rests with the gentle giant from Bensalem, PA. Rest on my dear Brother. May the Peace of God rest with your family and when I "lay down my burdens, down by the riverside and won't have to study war no more", I look forward to our rendezvous in The New Jerusalem. QED

-- Anonymous, March 31, 2003


Professor Dickens:

Your panegyric is so well put, so historically aptly, and so spiritually resonant, a single tear in my right eye salutes you, as I extend both hands in heavenly praise, and say "Amen, my brother, Amen!"

There is no more I can say.

Rev. Dr. Larry D. Coleman

-- Anonymous, March 31, 2003

Amen and Amen again

Well put my Brother. Thank you for sentiments well said. God Bless You

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2003

Amen, Amen and Amen!

-- Anonymous, April 02, 2003

One day, when I "grow up", I want to have a command of the King's Language like Parson Coleman. I for one appreciate your skilled deployment of words and would like to thank you for fortifying my vocabulary tools. I just hope the judges you interact with don't reprimand you for forcing them to keep a pocket Black's dictionary and Webster's while reading your legal briefs :-) QED

-- Anonymous, April 07, 2003

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