It is with great joy that the National Black Staff Forum announces that six African Americans were elected to the episcopacy during jurisdictional conferences held the week of July 10.
Four of the new bishops are women and three were elected on the first ballot – Bishop Sharma Denise Lewis, Bishop Tracey Smith Malone and Bishop Cynthia Moore Koikoi. Bishop Frank Beard and Bishop Latrelle Easterling were elected second in their jurisdiction while Bishop Leonard Fairley was the third bishop elected in his jurisdiction. There were 15 bishops elected in the United States which means 40% of the new class of bishops is African American.
They join five other active Ebony Bishops – Gregory V. Palmer, Julius Trimble, James Swanson, Earl Bledsoe and Jonathan Holston.
The episcopal assignments for the 2016-20 quadrennial are as follows:
Bishop Koikoi – Western Pennsylvania
Bishop Easterling – Baltimore-Washington
Bishop Lewis – Virginia
Bishop Fairley – Kentucky
Bishop Holston – South Carolina
Bishop Swanson – Mississippi
Bishop Smith Malone – East Ohio
Bishop Beard – Illinois Great Rivers
Bishop Trimble -- Indiana
Bishop Palmer – West Ohio
Bishop Bledsoe –Northwest Texas/New Mexico
There are no active Ebony bishops.
Please covenant to keep them, their families, their episcopal areas and ministry in your prayers.
Last updated by Rori Blakeney Jul 19, 2016.