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Presiding Prelate 

Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. was elected and consecrated the 115th Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1996 at Louisville, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 14th Episcopal District which includes six countries in
West Africa. In the 2000 – 2004 quadrennial, he served
as chair of the Lay Commission and as a member of the World Methodist Council. He has chaired the Health Commission and twice as chair of the Commission on Seminaries, Universities, Colleges and Schools. In 2002, Bishop Richardson served as President of the Council of Bishops and the Presiding Bishop of the 19th Episcopal District with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beginning in 2004, he served as the presiding bishop of the Second Episcopal District which includes North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. For eight years, the Second District saw phenomenal growth in membership, educational support, missions-related ministries, and ministry to men, health, prisons, the advancement of women in ministry, and a commitment to social and political action. Bishop and Mrs. Richardson took great pride in the District’s embrace of ministries to youths and young adults. Read more...


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Episcopal Supervisor

Mrs. Connie Speights Richardson was born and raised in Marianna, Florida where she was an active member of St. Luke Baptist Church, with Christian experiences also gained at St. James A.M.E. Church.  She is the second of three daughters born to the late Sarah L. and Cleaster Speights.  She attended Jackson County Training School and not only graduated without missing a day of school for twelve (12) years but was also valedictorian of her class.

She graduated from Tuskegee Institute (University) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Master of Science degree in Nursing and completed post-master's work at the University of Florida where she became licensed as a Nurse Practitioner.  She is a national board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner.  She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association.  She is licensed in Florida as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  In 2010 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.  Her professional life has been dedicated to caring for critically ill patients and teaching students majoring in nursing.  Mrs. Richardson affirms that her career has been challenging, yet rewarding. Read more...


Bishop Richardson's Bio in PDF format

Mrs Richardson's Bio in PDF format

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