Reverend Amarylis D. West
Amarylis is joyfully living out her Christian walk by serving others through ministry. She believes “Ministry is not what you do, but who you are.” She enjoys ministry as an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where she serves alongside her husband, Rev. Dr. Curtis L. West, Jr. Together, they serve the beautiful congregation of Holsey Chapel CME Church (Columbus, GA) and the thriving North Columbus-LaGrange District (West GA Region). Rev. West is delighted to continue the legacy of her late grandfather, Rev. Sebastian Sturghill, a CME pastor who formerly served in this region.
Amarylis worked in The Salvation Army Women’s Ministries department helping to plan, produce and promote women’s conferences for more than 400 women annually. This would prove to be a fitting occupation, as she has also organized and facilitated countless women’s conferences, meetings, and gatherings in various states with the CME Church on a local and district level. Other endeavors include: The Women of Christ ministry team, and her own women’s ministry called The Rapha Experience.
Amarylis has served God in the market of non-profit organizations as well as in retail management. She has several years of experience in executive administration, management and leadership and has also valued the opportunity to volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, and other civic organizations. Most recently, she is the immediate past president of McWillie Elementary School’s PTA in which she led an engaged community to be named as having the highest membership in the state and to receive the National PTA School of Excellence recognition. As a product of the Civil Rights Movement, Amarylis is a strong advocate for equality and uses this platform and community organization skills to raise awareness of social injustice and matters of inequality. Amarylis incorporates her life experiences, spiritual gifts and passion at The Rapha Group providing resources for Coaching, Consultation, Conferences, and Conversations in the Community.
Amarylis’ proud parents, William and Mary Didley reared her in the Richmond County School system in Augusta, GA. She attended Fort Valley State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree with an emphasis in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University. She rears her God-given children, Cymone, Lauryn and Curtis III, with her husband to believe the love of God transcends race, age, social status, and gender for Romans 8:38-39 states, "Nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."