Board Of Bishops President

Starnes Brings Staunch Leadership As President

ATLANTA, GA - It has been six months since the historic 50 Quadrennial General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which propelled our beloved Zion into a restructuring season, which will require continued  strong leadership that Bishop Darryl B. Starnes, Sr. will bring to the position of President of the Board of Bishop.  The baton will be passed onto Bishop Starnes from Bishop Kenneth Monroe (current president) at the Board of Bishops meeting of February 2017.   Bishop Starnes has enjoyed an amazing and blessed ministerial career.

Born in Hampton, Virginia, but raised primarily in Knoxville, TN, the Rt. Rev. Darryl B. Starnes, Sr. entered the ministry in 1975. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (1979) from Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC; the Master of Divinity Degree (1982) from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree (1998) from Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL.

His pastorates in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church include: Mount Moriah/Mount Ararat Circuit, Richburg, SC; Greater Warner Tabernacle, Knoxville, TN; Thompkin’s Chapel Metropolitan, Chattanooga, TN; Spottswood, New Britain, CT; Metropolitan, Birmingham, AL; Evans Metropolitan, Bennettsville, SC, and Wesley, Harrisburg, NC, where he was the organizing pastor.

He served as the Director of Evangelism for the A.M.E. Zion Church for twelve years. He has served as the Vice President of the Evangelism Program Ministries Unit of the National Council of Churches of Christ. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Beeson Divinity School and at Hood Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the chairman of the Wesleyan Commission on Evangelism and the Secretary of Evangelism for the North American Section of the World Methodist Council. He was elected as the North American Officer on the Steering Committee of the World Methodist Council for the 2016-2021 quinquennium.

In 2008, he was consecrated the 96th Bishop in the line of succession. For four years he served as the Presiding Prelate of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District, comprising the Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Mississippi, Texas, and West Tennessee-Mississippi Conferences. Since 2012, he has served as the Presiding Prelate of the Mid-West Episcopal District, comprising the Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Trinidad-Tobago Conferences. He serves as Chairman of the denomination’s Church Growth and Development Board, and the Worship and Ritual Board. He is a member of the Pan Methodist Commission and the Trustee Board of Livingstone College.

Bishop Starnes is the author of several books. His most recent books include the following: Not Ashamed of the Gospel; An Evangelism Training Manuel (2009); 21st Century Christians Under Construction: A Discipleship Training Manuel (2011); and For the Perfecting of the Saint: A Handbook on Small-Group Discipleship (2013).

Sis. Camille Cullom Starnes, his wife, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Livingstone College. She is a licensed minister in the AME Zion Church and serves as the Missionary Supervisor. Sis. Starnes worked for eleven years in the Department of Church School Literature of the AME Zion Church. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children: Sis. Alicia Courtney (Rev. Rodney), Millicent, and Darryl Jr. and the proud grandparents of seven adorable grandchildren: Mya, Malachi, Kaiyon, Benjamin, Caleb, Jayelle and Chloe.


  • April 3, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    Mid-West Episcopal District
    Missionary Supervisor Camille Starnes
  • April 20, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    South West Delta Episcopal District
    Missionary Supervisor Galenia Frencher
  • May 7, 2017
    Happy Birthday
    Eastern North Carolina Episcopal
    Missionary Supervisor Sheila W. Monroe
  • May 16-21, 2017
    Blue Ridge Annual Conference
    Camp Dorothy Walls Conference & Retreat Center
    495 Cragmont Road
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    Phone: (828) 419-9200
    Fax: (828) 419-9222
  • May 19-20, 2017
    Hood Theological Seminary
    Closing Convocation 7pm
    Hood Theological Seminary Commencement 10am
    Salisbury, NC

  • May 22-28, 2017
    West Central NC Annual Conference
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Koury Convention Center
    Hosting: Wadesboro-Monroe District
  • May 30 - June 4, 2017
    Western NC Annual Conference
    Sheraton Four Seasons
    Koury Convention Center
    Hosting: Statesville District
  • June 1-4 2017
    Colorado Annual Conference
    Spottswood AME Zion Church
    3301 Milwaukee Street
    Denver, CO 80205
    Pastor: Rev. Darwin D. Little
  • June 5-11, 2017
    New England Annual Conference
    Cross Street AME Zion Church, Host Church
    Radisson Hotel Cromwell
    100 Berlin Road
    Cromwell, CT 06416
  • June 14-18, 2017
    California Annual Conference
    Kyles Temple AME Zion Church
    912 Florida Street
    Vallejo, CA 94590
    Pastor: Rev. David T. Miller
  • June 28-July 2, 2017
    Southwest Rocky Mount Conference
    Martin Temple AME Zion Church
    1005 North Rose Street
    Compton, CA 90221
    Pastor: Rev. Celeste Ary
  • July 5-9, 2017
    Oregon / Washington Conference
    Community AME Zion Vancouver
    3605 East 13th Street
    Vancouver, WA 98661
  • July 19-21, 2017
    Connectional Council
    Knoxville Marriott
    Knoxville Tennessee
  • July 22-27, 2017
    11th Quadrennial Connectional Lay Council Convention
    Knoxville Marriott
    Knoxville Tennessee
  • August 10-13, 2017
    Alaska Annual Conference
    Leake Temple AME Zion Anchorage
    430 North Hoyt Street
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Pastor: Rev. Dr. Gina R. Casey
  • August 30-September 2, 2017
    123rd North Alabama Annual Conference
    Hunter Chapel AME Zion Church
    Tuscaloosa AL

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