Rev. Vera Alice (Alyce) Bagneris (Bonn-ner-reese) gave her life to Christ at a young age at Bethel AME Church Oxnard, California, and accepted her call to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ while attending New Philadelphia AME Church in 2007. Vera Alice is in the 2nd Year Studies in the Southern California Conference Board of Examiners toward Elders Orders. Vera Alice graduated from Monrovia High School in 1974 and from the University of California Riverside with Honors in 2009 from the college of Humanities and Social Sciences with a degree in Psychology. She is currently a candidate for the Master of Divinity, Practical Theology: Spiritual Care and Counseling from the newly formed Claremont Lincoln University, The Claremont School of Theology.
She is currently doing her Residency as a Chaplain Intern at Methodist Hospital of Southern California. She is also a Community Chaplain at Methodist Hospital. She looks forward to becoming a Board Certified Chaplain. She is a member of The Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT), the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter and a Charter Member of Mu Chi, UCR, February 13, 1976.
Sister Vera Alice was born and raised in the AME Church and is the oldest of the late Rev. Jules Samuel Bagneris Jr., D.D. and his wife Annie Bell Bagneris, an anointed Gospel singer. Her grandfather, Rev. Jules Samuel Bagneris, Sr., pastored as a Circuit Minister in the Central Valley of California. She was born in San Pablo, California and baptized as an infant by Bishop Frederick Jordon at First AME Church Richmond, California. She has belonged to the California and Southern California Conferences. She has continually served since the First Sunday in October of 1986 as a Stewardess. Her oldest sister, Etta Jean Yarborough Bagneris is deceased. She has three living sisters, Rev. Bobbie Deana Bagneris, Barbara Louisa Bagneris (anointed financial analyst), Rev. Felicia Renee Bagneris and one brother, Rev. Jules Samuel Bagneris, III. She has one son, Ansen-Jamaal Bagneris Gray, a daughter-in-law, Trina M. Smith Gray, and two beautiful grands, Little Miss Amelia Genevie and Little Miss Aniya Denise Gray. She enjoys swimming, kayaking, gardening and reading.
Sister Vera sees her ministry as that of Richard Allen to be a liberating and reconciling people. She sees herself as an Agent of Hope and empowerment.