Monte' Lyles, Marcus Lyles and Quaishaune Alexander represented Quinn Memorial AME Church of Steubenville at the Third Episcopal District TAWAWA 2011 Youth Conference School of Religion held at Wilberforce University campus on July 11-14.
Monte' and Marcus are the sons of Brian Howard and Tammy Lyles.
Several youth representing more than 169 AME Churches were present at the event, the theme of which was "80 Years of Excellence." The Rev. Ronald R. Eskridge and his wife, Raye Jean, also attended as chaperones and to participate in the clergy retreat.
Bishop C. Garnett Henning Sr. and Episcopal Supervisor Ernestine Lee Henning greeted the group with Henning challenging the children, youth and young adults to never settle for less - "always believe in God, yourselves and your dreams, and to live your life with courage and boldness in Christ."
The conference celebrated the "coming together" of the AME Third Episcopal District family with Christ-centered fellowship seeking God's Divine guidance. The event focused on the development of aspiring leaders, Christian values training, preaching, teaching, singing and "Jamming for Jesus." The students were challenged in dance, drama, Christian matriculation, Christian living, championship basketball and following the leadership of the Dynamic Teams of Instructions.
Marcus Lyles performed an on-the-spot Christian Rap from the heart with Christian warrior words which made an impression of Henning, according to a spokesman, while Monte' Lyles excelled on the basketball court. His team progressed to the championship game where they lost by a small margin.
TAWAWA has been an intricate part of the Third Episcopal District in training youth to become Christian leaders in their respective churches and communities.