Senior Bishop of the A. M. E. Zion Church and the Presiding Prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal District
(Blue Ridge, West Central North Carolina, Western North Carolina, Cornwall-Middlesex-Surrey of Jamaica, W.I., East and West Angola Conferences of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church)
George E. Battle, Jr. is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. A 1967 graduate of Clinton Jr. College in Rock Hill, South Carolina with an Associate Degree. A graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina with a B.A. degree. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary, also in Salisbury. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Clinton Jr. College, two from Hood Theological Seminary, two from Livingstone College, Queens College, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was elected a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1992, 84th in the line of succession. He presently serves the Piedmont Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which includes the Blue Ridge, West Central North Carolina, Western North Carolina, Cornwall-Middlesex-Surrey of Jamaica, W.I., East and West Angola Conferences.
His pastorates include Mt. Vernon A. M. E. Zion Church, Center Grove A. M. E. Zion Church, and Emmanuel A. M. E. Zion Church which was a circuit in the South Carolina Conference from 1966-1969. Foundation A. M. E. Zion Church and Tabernacle A. M. E. Zion Church a circuit in the South Carolina Conference from 1969-1973.
Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church in Lancaster, South Carolina of the Pee Dee Conference from 1973 - 1974. Greater Gethsemane A. M. E. Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina of the Western North Carolina Conference from 1974 - 1992.
Bishop Battle has made many professional achievements and has worked diligently serving his community. Some of his professional achievements are: CEO of the Battle Corporation; former member, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Bank Board; member, Boy Scouts Advisory Board; member, Executive Board of the World Methodist Council; member, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Board; member, Board of Directors for Carolinas Healthcare System, serving as Chair of the Pension and Retirement Committee; member, Board of Directors for Carolinas Healthcare System Foundation; Chair of the Connectional Budget Board of the A. M. E. Zion Church; member, Board of Visitors, Johnson C. Smith University; former Trustee Board member of Central Piedmont Community College (served 12 years); member, Board of Trustees for Hood Theological Seminary; Chair for the Livingstone College Board of Trustees; member, Executive Board for the Global Transpark Foundation, Inc. Bishop Battle also was a past member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board for 17 years (serving as Chair for 4 years).
His civic and community involvements include: Founder of the Greater (formerly known as the Gethsemane) Enrichment Program that received a national award for the best program of its kind utilizing Federal Funds (now in existence for over 38 years); Founding Committee Member of the Teen Health Connection; member, River Run Club; member, Leadership Breakfast Group in Charlotte, North Carolina; One of the Founders of the Urban League of Central Carolinas; organizer of the Biddleville Five Points Community, such as boy scouts which led to major improvements in housing, parks, sidewalks, etc.; member, National Association for the advancement of Colored People.
The Bishop is affiliated with the following organizations: Charlotte City Club; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Sigma Psi Phi; and the National Council of Churches.
Bishop Battle has received numerous honors and awards during his outstanding career. He was recognized for exemplary service and dedication by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education; the Echo Award Against Indifference; the Razor Walker Award; recognized by the State Board of Community Colleges for service to the citizens of North Carolina; the Leadership Charlotte Lifetime Achievement Award; the Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership from Livingstone College; National Award for Meritorious Service from Livingstone College National Alumni (received 3 times); The Keeper of the Flame 44th Presidential Inauguration Award from the Balm In Gilead; The Whitney M. Young Service Award from the Urban League; Black Political Caucus Hall of Fame Award; the Clergy of the Year 2001 Award from the National OIC of America; the Long Leaf Pine Award (which is the highest award that can be given from the State of North Carolina) from Governor James Hunt of North Carolina; the Charlotte Post Man of the Year; Charlotte Observer Thank You Award for years of service on the school board; recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award from the Ministers and Lay Association of the A. M. E. Zion Church; recipient of the 2012 Inaugural Good Scout Award of Mecklenburg County.
Bishop Battle is married to Iris Miller Battle (43 years). To this union one son and one daughter were born, George Edward Battle, III and LaChandra Nickole Battle Rapley. They have four grandchildren, Glynn Paul Edward “Trey” Hubbard , Alexander Richard Hubbard, Peyton Amara and George Elias “Eli.” George, III is married to Renita Mumford Battle and LaChandra is married to Michael Rapley.