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It is with Regret we Announce the Passing of Bishop McKinley Young | Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

24jan(jan 24)11:00 am26(jan 26)3:00 pmIt is with Regret we Announce the Passing of Bishop McKinley Young | Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Scheduled Homegoing Services for Bishop McKinley Young, Senior Bishop and Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District:

Homegoing Service I:
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:00am
Alumni Multiplex on the campus of Wilberforce University
Wilberforce University
1055 N. Pickett Road
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
O: (937) 708-5710 | F: (937) 376-2627

Homegoing Service II:
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Big Bethel AME Church
220 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 827-9707

Additional information will be shared as it is made available by the family.

Bishop McKinley Young is a native of Atlanta, a son of the Parsonage and a product of the Public Schools of Atlanta.  He received degrees from Morris Brown College, Atlanta; Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA; and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Il.  He holds honorary Doctorates from six schools of Higher Education.  Bishop Young pastored churches in the 1st, 4th and 6th Episcopal Districts being elected the 109th Bishop from Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta.

Bishop Young’s first Episcopal assignment was to the 15th District where he led in the Centennial Celebration of African Methodism in Southern Africa.  Bishop Young has provided leadership in the Ecumenical Community for over 40 years.  From 1996-2000 Bishop Young served as the Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Officer for the AME Church.  He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, the Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches, USA, the World Methodist Council, the Pan Methodist Commission, the Consultation on Church Union and the Conference of National Black Churches.  In the 10th District Bishop Young led the church in stabilizing Paul Quinn College which was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In the 11th District, Edward Waters College’s accreditation was sustained after taking SACS to Federal Court.   Two million dollars was raised by the District to secure EWC’s fiscal solvency.  Subsequently, the EWC Foundation was established.

Bishop Young has been involved with AME/SADA for over 20 years and serves as the Chair of the Board.  He has served as the President of the Council of Bishops and the General Board.  He has chaired the Commissions on Women In Ministry, Global Witness and Ministry, Annuity Investments and Insurance, and the Commission on Church Growth and Development.

Bishop McKinley Young is the presiding prelate of the 3rd Episcopal District which embraces churches throughout the states of Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.  He also serves as Chancellor of Wilberforce University and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Payne Theological Seminary.

At the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bishop McKinley Young was elevated to the office of Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and reassigned to the Third Episcopal District for a second Quadrennium.

Bishop Young is married to Dorothy Jackson Young and the father of; Karyn (Ron) Young-Lowe, Deana (Julius) McAllister, Andrea (Roderick) Jones and Stephanie Lynn Young. Bishop and Mrs. Young are the grandparents of Jennifer Renee and Jessica Christina Lowe, Julius III, Colin and Dylan McAllister, Peyton, Noah and Miles Jones.

Please keep his family in your prayers.

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  • Seth Kofi Owusu says:

    Pray supernatural consolation over his family. Relatives, remember he served his Master and so if a roll has been made, he still has to obey him as he has always did. Bishop, fare thee well. See in soon in the celestial city.
    Also, am interested in pastoring a church, so u can count on me to act in his stead till u get a substantive one . Am a graduate in Ghana teaching currently. I will avail myself to be interviewed by the college of Bishops. Thanks so much.

  • Wesley Woodson says:

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of this news. I hope you all are doing ok.

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