Bishop Kenneth Monroe
South Atlantic Episcopal District
Bishop Kenneth Monroe
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Kenneth Monroe began his life and ministry in the small town of Red Springs, NC. He received his elementary and secondary education from the public schools of Red Springs. He was baptized and became a member of the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Red Springs and was later called to preach at the age of seventeen.

Desiring to continue his education, he was encouraged and led to attend Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC. He received both the deacon and elders ordination by Bishop W. A. Hilliard in 1972 and 1974 respectively. Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies at Livingstone College and receiving the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies, he entered Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC. In December 1976, he graduated from Duke University Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity Degree. Later in 2003, he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree, Project Title, "TRANSFORMING MISTRUST TO TRUST: DEVELOPING A NEW SYSTEM OF CHURCH FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT," from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT.

His pastoral experience include the Taylor’s Chapel and St. Mary A. M. E. Zion Churches, Kittrell, NC; Union Oak A. M. E. Zion Church, Hope Mills, NC; Trinity A. M. E. Zion Church, Southern Pines, NC; Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church, Kansas City, MO; and the Metropolitan A. M. E. Zion Church, Hartford, CT. He has also served the A. M. E. Zion Church as the Presiding Elder of the Kansas City District, which includes congregations in Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE. From 2001-2004 he served as Presiding Elder of the Nassau District of the Bahamas Island Annual Conference.

In July 2004, he was elected the 95th Bishop in succession of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He was assigned the Western West Africa Episcopal District of the A. M. E. Zion Church located in the countries of Ghana, Togo, Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). In December 2005, because of the death of the late Bishop Milton A. Williams, he was given the responsibility to supervise the Kentucky and Missouri Annual Conferences.

He currently serves as the Presiding Bishop of the South Atlantic Episcopal District – A. M. E. Zion Church (Pee Dee, Palmetto, South Carolina and Georgia Annual Conferences); Secretary – Board of Bishops – A. M. E. Zion Church; Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Clinton Junior College, Rock Hill, SC; Chair of the Board of Lay Activities – A. M. E. Zion Church; Chair of the Complications Commission; 1st Vice Chair of the Board of Global Missions, member of the Board of Trustees, Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC ; a member of the Pan Methodist Commission and a Silver Life Member of the NAACP.

He is the third son of the late Paul and Hazel Monroe of Red Springs, NC. He has been married to the former Sheila Wells since May 24, 1975. They are the parents of three children: Erica L. Green (Kansas City, MO); Kevin J. Monroe (Kansas City, KS) and Adria N. Monroe (Charlotte, NC) and six grandchildren (Destiny, Amonde, Devin, Jayden, London, and Kamryn of all Kansas City, MO).

He strives to live by the theme he has embraced as a means of inspiration and motivation for more than twenty –five years, "Making the Impossible Possible with God."
 

  • 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 10, 2016
    Endowment Convocation for Hood Theological Seminary
    1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • February 10, 2016
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lenten discipline.
  • February 11, 2016
    Livingstone College Founder's Day Convocation
    10:00am
    701 West Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • February 12-13, 2016
    Heritage Lectures
    Reflections on Practicing Public Theology
    Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes,
    Dean of Divinity School at Vanderbilt University
    Lecture I - Friday, February 12, 7pm
    "Colored Orneriness: A Concerto in Four Parts"
    Lecture II - Saturday, February 13, 10:10am
    "The Dancing Mind"
    Room 315 on the seminary campus at
    1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury NC
    Free and open to the public
  • 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.

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