The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church uses an episcopal system of governance, which means bishops provide the top leadership. Bishops are directed to provide oversight of the entire church as a board but have specific individual leadership responsibilities in a geographical area, called an episcopal district. An episcopal district is comprised of one or more annual conferences. There are 12 episcopal districts covering areas in the U.S. and overseas. They provide spiritual leadership to more than 1 million persons in a broad range of settings on five continents, including North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Board of Bishops is the executive unit of the connectional church and play an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world. It has the general oversight and promotion of the Church during the interim between General Conferences which is held every four years. The Board of Bishops meet semi-annually at such time and place as the majority of the Board shall determine and also at such other times as may be deemed necessary in the discharging of its responsibility as the executive unit of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.


Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Piedmont Episcopal District
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Bishop Kenneth Monroe
Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District
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Bishop Darryl B. Starnes, Sr.
Mid-West Episcopal District
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Bishop Dennis V. Proctor
North Eastern Episcopal District
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Bishop Mildred B. Hines
South Atlantic Episcopal District
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Bishop W. Darin Moore
Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District
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Bishop Seth O. Lartey
Alabama-Florida Episcopal District
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Bishop Michael A. Frencher, Sr.
Southwestern Delta Episcopal District
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Bishop Staccato Powell
Western Episcopal District
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Bishop George Crenshaw
Central Southern Africa Episcopal District
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Bishop Hilliard Dogbe
Western West Africa Episcopal District
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Bishop Uduak Effiong
Eastern West Africa Episcopal District
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Retired Bishops
Bishop Joseph Johnson
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Bishop Marshall H. Strickland
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Bishop Nathaniel Jarrett Jr.
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Bishop George W.C. Walker Sr.
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Bishop S. Chuka Ekemam
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Bishop Warren M. Brown
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Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr.
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