: December 5, 1957Married
: Sis. Camille C. StarnesChildren
: Three Children, Six GrandchildrenEmail:
Bishop Starnes graduated from Livingstone College where he received a B.A. degree in History. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.
Bishop Starnes was ordained a deacon in The A.M.E. Zion Church in 1977 and an elder in 1979. He has held pastorates at Mt. Moriah/Mt. Ararat Circuit, Richburg, SC, Greater Warner Tabernacle, Knoxville, TN, Thompkin Chapel Metropolitan, Chattanooga, TN, Spottswood, New Britain, CT, Metropolitan, Birmingham, AL, Evans Metropolitan, Bennettsville, SC, and Wesley, Harrisburg, NC. In 1996, he was elected the Director of Evangelism for the A.M.E. Zion Church and served for twelve years. In 2008, he was elected the 96th bishop in the line of succession in the A.M.E. Zion Church. From 2008-2012, he served as the Presiding Prelate of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District, which includes the Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Mississippi, Texas, and West Tennessee-Mississippi Annual Conferences. In 2012, he became the Presiding Prelate of the Mid-West Episcopal District, which includes the Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Trinidad and Tobago Annual Conferences. He currently serves as Chairman of the following Administrative Boards: Church Growth and Development, Worship and Ritual, and Public Affairs and Historical Society. He also serves as one of the representatives from the AME Zion Church on the National Council of Churches of Christ.
Bishop Starnes has served as Vice President of the Evangelism Program Ministries Unit of the National Council of Church of Christ. He has been an Adjunct-Professor at Hood Theological Seminary and at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL. Since 2006 he has served as the Secretary of Evangelism for the North American Section of the World Methodist Council and as the Chairman of Wesleyan Commission on Evangelism. In the spring of 2015, he was appointed as North American Officer to the World Methodist Council Steering Committee.