Bishop Anne Henning Byfield is one who dares to Live, Learn, Lead, and Love GOD. She lives a life filled with creativity and passion as a preacher, psalmist, a poet, spoken word artist, strategic consultant, writer, composer, wife, mother and grand- mother. Married to Ainsley for 40 years in December, they have one son, Mi- chael, and four grandchildren. She loves GOD and encourages others to know and love GOD as well.
As a leader, Bishop Anne Henning Byfield serves as the 135th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her historic election in the year 2016 represents the first time in the history of the AME Church, a person was elected who had a sibling on the bench of Bishops. She is also the first known person to be elected from Indiana since Bishop William Paul Quinn. Currently, she serves as the Presiding Prelate of the 16th Episcopal District, where she provides leadership to seven annual conferences in the Caribbean, South America, and Europe.
She is the author of three books. The first one Let the Worship Begin is a book of lectionary aids for the church and pastor. It contains, calls to worship, litanies, stewardship prayers, and benedictions. The second: The Essence of My Existence is a book of essays and poetry, which helps with personal and professional growth. Her third book Produced by Strength, Living by Power provides life changing principles for those on the journey of life. Her other works include Flowing Essence, a Spoken Word CD, An Explanation of AME Church Worship; Now That You Are Saved: Preparing Leaders for Leadership, Odyssey, A Girls Mentoring Program, AME 101, Reigniting Success, and numerous Christian Education materials. She wrote the litany used for Mrs. Rosa Parks’ funeral in Detroit, Michigan, and Congresswoman Julia Carson’s funeral in Indianapolis. She is also the editor of the Prayer Booklet for the 2008 General Conference.
As a learner, she has her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Wilberforce University, Masters of Divinity degree from Newburgh Theological Seminary; A Masters of Divinity Degree from Payne Theological Seminary, A Doctor of Ministry Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from R.R. Wright School of Religion, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her dissertation is entitled the Effect of Short Notice Itin- erant Moves In the North District Indiana Annual Conference, AME Church.
Reverend Mark E. Whitlock, Jr.
Rev. Whitlock has served as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church (COR Church) in Orange County, CA since August 1998, is the Director of Corporate Giving for the Connectional African Methodist Episcopal Church, serves as Chief Executive Officer of Nehemiah Ministries, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) economic development corporation for the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. In addition, Rev. Whitlock is the Director of Community Initiatives at University of Southern California, Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Rev. Whitlock earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from the University of Laverne and is completing Masters of Divinity at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio. He received an honorary doctorate from American International University in Humanities. Before his full-time call to the ministry, Rev. Whitlock served as the founder and executive director of FAME Renaissance, the economic development arm of First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles. As the executive director, he raised over four hundred million dollars in grants, loans, and contracted service initiatives that created no less than four thousand jobs within South Los Angeles. Under Rev. Whitlock’s leadership, the FAME Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Commercial Loan Programs funded over one two hundred small businesses, and the FAME Renaissance Home Loan Program created over two hundred new home owners and trained over two thousand home loan candidates. Rev. Whitlock also co-founded the Richard Allen Men’s Society (RAMS), an organization of over 3,500 men who exemplify positive African American images. The RAMS are best known for helping to reclaim the community from gangs and drug dealers and closing 13 rock cocaine houses while leading young men away from drugs and gangs. Rev. Whitlock’s corporate experience amply equipped him to lead the 21st century church in economic development. He was a former Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank and Vice President, Commercial/Industrial National Division for Chicago Title Insurance Company. His responsibilities included providing financing and title insurance for commercial buildings, resorts, hotels, and shopping centers. His clients included attorneys, developers, and financial institution