Bishop George Edward Battle Jr.
Piedmont Episcopal District
Bishop George Edward Battle Jr.
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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.


 

  • February 2016
    Black History Month
    Black History Month is a month set aside to learn honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans through history.
    2016 Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory

  • February 14, 2016
    Happy Valentine's Day

    Mark 12:31
    The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
  • February 16-19, 2016
    Board of Bishops Winter Meeting

    Host: South Atlantic Episcopal District
    The Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    745 Saluda Street
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • March 5, 2016
    Blue Ridge Conference
    3rd Check-Up Meeting
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Rd
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • March 11, 2016
    West Central North Carolina Conference
    Ordination Service
    Marvin AME Zion Church
  • March 12, 2016
    West Central North Carolina Conference
    3rd Check-up Meeting
    Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center
    Marvin AME Zion Church
    Rev. Dr. Haven O. Anderson, Pastor
  • March 17 - 19, 2016
    Connectional Lay Council Convocation
    Bishop Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center
    Rock Hill, SC
    Mrs. Mary Matthews, President
  • March 25, 2016
    Good Friday
    Good Friday is the day when we commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith.
  • March 27, 2016
    Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday

    The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    He Lives!
  • March 28, 2016
    Happy Birthday
    Mrs. Iris Battle
    Piedmont Episcopal District

  • April 9, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    Ordination Service
    Goler Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church
    Rev. Johnny Ruff, Pastor
  • April 10, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    3rd Check Up Meeting
    Goler Metropolitan A. M.  E. Zion Church
  • April 15, 2016
    Tax Day
    Many United States residents mark Tax Day as the deadline to file their income tax details to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The date is usually on or around April 15.
  • April 16, 2016
    Western North Carolina Conference
    Christian Education Annual Cotillion
    North Rowan High School
    Spencer, NC
    Rev. David Williams, Conference Director
  • April 15 - 16, 2016
    Men’s Boosters Conference
    Place to be announced
    Mr. Sylvester Culbertson, President
  • April 17, 2016
    7th Annual Pink Sunday
    Susan G Komen
    Participation in Pink Sunday provides churches and faith based organizations with free breast cancer awareness information to include warning signs of breast cancer, importance of early detection and availability of free mammograms for those without health insurance. The 7th Annual Pink Sunday will be on April 17, 2016. Many churches ask their congregations to wear pink on this day. VISIT www.komencharlotte.org to register your church for this event or for additional information.
  • April 27, 2016
    Administrative Professionals Day
    Administrative Professionals Day® is on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. It remembers the important role of administrative professionals. Administrative Professionals Day was formerly known as "Secretaries Day". This observance was created to recognize Administrative Professionals and any individual, upon whose skills and efficiency many government and business offices depend. Today the observance also promotes the opportunity for employers to provide opportunities for learning and growth.

  • May 5, 2016
    National Day Of Prayer
    Día Nacional de la Oración
    National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders.
  • May 6, 2016
    Happy Birthday Bishop Hines!
    Bishop Bonnie Hines' Birthday

    So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12

  • May 5-7, 2016
    Board of Trustees and Commencement
    Livingstone College
    Salisbury, N. C.

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