Rev. Dr. Valerie A. Maness


Rev. Dr. Valerie Ann Maness was assigned to our church in June of 2015. She 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; Pastor at Spottswood Memorial AME Zion Church, Bridgeport, CT, McCall Memorial AME Zion Church, Waterbury, CT, and Dunston Chapel AME Zion Church, Waterbury, CT.; Assistant Pastor for 5 years at Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, Waterbury, CT.; Pastor at Clinton AME Zion Church in Ansonia, CT. for 6 years; currently assigned to Redeemer’s AME Zion Church in Plainville, CT.

Rev. Maness currently serves as Secretary of the New England Annual Conference and Dean of the Hartford District School for Local Preachers. She is a lover of people and seeks to serve the Lord untiringly through her service to others.