Oscar Mebane III      Joshua Marvels       Robert Rufus West
     Junior Region Director      Junior National President      Junior First National President

The Junior Department of the National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc. can trace its history to the efforts of one dynamic girl named Susie Gomez.  She was born in South Carolina to devoted God-fearing parents.  When Susie was still young, her family moved to Philadelphia, PA where they joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Susie immediately began working in the usual youth groups of the church, but she still felt the need to do more.

In her early teens, she heeded the call to do Missionary work.  Soon other youths began accompanying her on her rounds as she visited the sick and shut-in bringing them sunshine and cheer.  Noticing that all of the ushers in her church were adults, she decided to organize a Junior Board so that she and her friends could better serve the church.

She sought permission from her Pastor for such a project and won his approval.  Her first efforts were so successful, she decided to branch out and began encouraging youth in churches of other faiths to organize.  In a few short years, she had organized local and state groups similar to the Senior Usher Organization.

In July 1940, Susie along with a group of other youths petitioned the National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc. who were meeting at their annual convention in Dallas, TX for permission to organize a Junior Unit of our Organization.  From that beginning, the Junior National has grown to an unimaginable volume, fulfilling the needs of young people in churches throughout this country.  Its success can be attributed to a young lady who was kind in disposition, noble in heart,  who had a burning desire to serve and let nothing stand in her way.  She was a credit to her family, her race, her church and her community.

The first National President of the Junior Department was Robert Rufus West of Greater Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Chicago, IL.

REQUIREMENTS:  The individual must be a member of his/her church usher board, local and state and between the ages of  8 - 21.

Susie Gomez