Bishop Talbert W. Swan, II

is the pastor of the Spring of Hope Church Of God In Christ, Assistant General Secretary for the National Church Of God In Christ, National Chaplain of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Executive Director of COGIC Family Services, an author, radio talk show host and long-time community activist. Pastor Swan has been at the forefront of civil rights issues throughout the region and the nation for over two decades. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Western New England College, an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies from Charter Oak State College, a Master of Arts in Theology from Hartford Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and Graduate Certificates from Hartford Seminary and Harvard Divinity School.  Rev. Swan’s life’s work has been committed to the mission of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating race-based discrimination.

1st Vice President

Rev. Mark A. Baymon, Sr.

Pastor Mark Baymon is the founder and Senior Pastor of Deliverance Center Ministries, a church designed to meet the needs of the total person regardless of race color or creed. Pastor Baymon has been the architect of partnerships,  serve the Springfield community, surrounding areas and the world through outreach ministries and various services. He has a heart for the well being of the community and endeavors to ensure that much needed services such as, but not limited to, daycare, after school programs, summer camps, homeless nutrition programs and young men and women mentoring programs are available to those in need.

2nd Vice President






Angela Thorpe

3rd Vice President

Rev. Samuel Saylor










Freda Malone


Assistant Secretary

Kathi Moore



Carolyn Roberson

Elected Executive Committee

Ayanna Crawford

Standing Committees

These standing committees are the life blood of the organizations. We need you to choose the committee that best suits your goals, energy, and ability. Then roll up your sleeves, volunteer, and jump right in to help our community.

Freedom Fund Committee – Freda Malone, Chair
Plan and conduct the Annual Freedom Fund Dinner (fund raising activities, entertainment and other projects), for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program.

  1. Work closely with Finance Committee (Treasurer and President).
  2. Avail yourself to the Public Relations Committee Chair for the local press and on radio, television and media.
  3. Provide news or publicity stories to the Branch PR Chair and President to keep the public informed.

Membership and Life Membership – Ida Flynn/Cephas Jackson, Co Chairs

The Membership Committee shall:

  1. Work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association
  2. Be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign
  3. Be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals
  4. Initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.

Education Committee – Dr. Gloria Williams, Chair

  1. Seek to eliminate segregation and the discriminatory practices in public education.
  2. Study local education conditions affecting minority groups.
  3. Investigate the public school system and school zoning.
  4. Familiarize itself with textbooks material there from which is racially derogatory.
  5. Seek to stimulate school attendance.
  6. Keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found.
  7. Investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices.
  8. Teacher certification.
  9. Promote parental involvement in education.
  10. Aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.
  11. Roundtable with Commissioner of Education (former Commissioner)

Religious Affairs Committee, Rev. Mark A. Baymon, Sr., ChairThe committee shall consist of ministerial and lay religious leaders including those in the branch. The duties are as follow:

  1. Promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation of civil rights struggle.
  2. Interpret the work of the NAACP to organize religious groups of all faiths.
  3. Enlist the support of religious groups for memberships, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights.
  4. Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of r

WIN [Women In the NAACP] Committee, Cynthia Swan, Chair

The committee shall address civil rights issues affecting women and children and other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch. The duties are as follow:

  1. To enhance the leadership role of women.
  2. To serve as an advocacy to address the social economic, political, education, health and welfare issues affecting women.
  3. To advocate for the emotional, mental, physical and
    spiritual development of children.
  4. To support the policies as well as the on-going mission and vision of the NAACP.

Political Action Committee

The Political Action Committee works to ensure voter empowerment through providing awareness, training, and programmatic support to ensure registration, education, administration, and election protection. The NAACP has developed a nonpartisan voter empowerment program designed to empower African American and people of color by increasing awareness and participation in the electoral process. The Political Action Committee will support the NAACP’s mission to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination, through implementing the following initiatives: A series of voter education forums addressing specific issues Issue focused political action notifications through social media usage Get Out The Vote (GOTV), voter registration and poll transportation Partnering with local and national civic organizations to address pertinent issues Informing the electorate of candidate views, to hold elected officials accountable.

Legal Redress – Rev. Maurice Powe, Esq Chairperson

The Legal Redress Committee shall:

  1. Investigate all cases reported to it
  2. Supervise all litigation in which the unit is interested
  3. Keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.


Each committee establishes its meeting schedule based on the availability of its members. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email the respective committee chair(s) above at or call the Springfield Branch at 413.650.6154 for more information.