THE HISTORY OF THE INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH
 USHER OF FLORIDA

The I.C.U.A. of Florida was organized in September in 1988 under the leadership of Regional Director Willie J. Minnifield. The concept of the National had already been shared with Rev. Curtiss Long. Rev. Long was instrumental in bringing in the State of Georgia into the National Organization; therefore his familiarity with the organization was very helpful.

The first meeting was held in November 1988 at Stewart-Isom C.M.E. Church in St. Petersburg, FL. There were 35 ushers in attendance including Juniors and Young Adults representing four Churches.  Highlights of the National were given by Director Minnifield as well as information regarding how to join and the structure of the National. Oni Oluremi-Minnifield gave a School of Ushering Workshop.
 
The second meeting was held on February 2, 1989 in which the joining fee was paid. Andrew Taylor was elected as the First State President. The Second State President was Joan Murray.  Andrew Taylor was re-elected as the Third State President.  In July, 1989, at the National Convention in Philadelphia, the State of Florida was accepted into the organization.  In 1990, Florida hosted the Southern Regional Conference.   In attendance were President Paul Finch and Fourth Vice President, James N. Jones.The State was slow in building, but it continued to recruit new members. Others who assisted in organizing Florida were: Julius Minnifield, Jr., Margery C. Pace, Maggie Mitchell, William Hester, Antoine Jordan, Joleathia and Keith Minnifield.

Andrew Taylor is a Past National Nominating Committee Member.  In 1993, Freda McRae represented Florida and the Southern Region in the National Oratorical Education Contest and won First Place.

In 1993, the state held its first School of Ushering Graduation.  Oni Oluremi-Minnifield was the Graduation Speaker.  Florida graduated 35 students. Andrew Taylor attended the National Convention and received his Instructor’s Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree. The school was taught by Willie Minnifield and Oni Oluremi-Minnifield.

The State of Florida was reorganized by Regional Director Harold Hester, Jr. Under Director Hester’s leadership, Eugene Weaver was elected President.  Eugene Weaver served as the host State President when Florida hosted the National Convention in Jacksonville, FL in 2008.

Although Florida was inactive, the Southern Region hosted the 2012 National Convention in Orlando, FL. The Rev. Curtiss L. Long served as the Host Pastor.

Florida was reactivated at the 94th National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ (July, 2013) under the Leadership of Regional Director Dr. Linda Pates.