Rev. Dr. Valerie A. Maness
Rev. Dr. Valerie Ann Maness is the second child born to the late Roberta June (Randalls) Maness and Alfred Henderson Maness, Jr. She is the mother of two daughters, Aletha Renee’ Minnis (wife of Brian Minnis) and Deanna Lynn Davis (wife of John Davis); five grandchildren, Devon, Andre’ & Shirelle Minnis and Deante’ & Cambrell Davis; and one great-grandson, Devon Minnis, Jr.
Born in Belleville, Illinois on Scott Air Force Base, she was educated in Lebanon, Illinois and Waterbury, Connecticut where she has resided for the over 50 years. She is a graduate of United Christian Bible College, Brooklyn, New York, with a Doctorate of Sacred Theology Degree. She has also attended Eastern Bible College & Seminary, Newark, NJ; Trinity College, Hartford, CT; Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT; and Mattatuck Community College, Waterbury, CT.
Rev. Maness worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft [a division of United Technology] for 43 years as a Computer Analyst, until her retirement in 2013.
She was called into the ministry in 1976 and has served in the following pulpits: Interim Pastor at Blackwell Memorial AME Zion Church, Hartford, CT and Shaw Memorial AME Zion Church, New Haven, CT; Assistant Pastor for 25 years at Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, Waterbury, CT.; Pastor at Spottswood Memorial AME Zion Church, Bridgeport, CT, McCall Memorial AME Zion Church, Waterbury, CT, Dunston Chapel AME Zion Church, Waterbury, CT. [-2004], Clinton AME Zion Church in Ansonia, CT., and Redeemer’s AME Zion Church in Plainville, CT. [2015-2016] In October of 2016, she was appointed to St. Matthew AME Zion Church, Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Rev. Maness has served the Hartford District and New England Annual Conference in various offices, some of which were: Chair of Necrology for both District and Conference; Secretary for both District and Conference; Dean and instructor for the Hartford District School for Local Preachers; and New England Conference Statistician.