The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance recently announced Rev. Michael B. Rogers will replace founder Rev. Dr. Richard M. Avant as president. The IMA is an organization that holds joint worship services during holiday seasons and raises money for the needy. The IMA will hold a Pre-Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Mt. Zion AME Church, Queen and Fulton streets, Dover.


The Rev. Michael B. Rogers, pastor of Central Baptist Church of Dover, has been elected as president of the  Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of  Dover and Vicinity. Rogers, who has been a past second vice president and secretary of the IMA, succeeds the Rev. Dr. Richard M. Avant, the organization’s founder who stepped down this year after serving as president since its inception.

The IMA is a Central Delaware organization of pastors, ministers and evangelists that hold joints worship services during Thanksgiving and  the Lenten season. The money collected from those services is used to help people in need in the Kent County community as well as support other non-profit organizations such as the House of Pride, Moms’ House, Faith Elementary School and others.

The IMA will hold its annual Pre-Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Mt. Zion AME Church, Queen & Fulton streets, Dover. The Rev. Ellis Louden, Mt. Zion’s pastor will be the preacher of the service.

Established in 1982 by the Rev. Avant, the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Dover, the IMA has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local benevolent purposes. The organization also holds an annual Agape Awards Banquet, in which local people are honored for their faithful church service.

Rev. Rogers, a native  of Raleigh, N.C., has been active in the IMA since 1988. 

Serving as officers alongside the Rev. Rogers are: Rev. Fred Brunson, 1st vice president, of John Wesley United Church of Milford  Neck; the Rev. Frances Benson, 2nd vice president, of John Wesley AME Church of Dover; secretary, Elder  Bobbie Alston , of Crossroad Christian Church of Dover; treasurer, Rev. Mary E. Smith, of Calvary Baptist Church of Dover; Rev. Charles Dennis, chaplain, of Mt Zion A.M.E Ellendale, Del., and the IMA dean, Bishop Doreina C. Miles, of First Pilgrim Baptist Church.