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Biography of Bishop McKinley Young

Bishop McKinley Young

Bishop McKinley Young is the presiding prelate of the Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  He was assigned to the Third District in 2012 by the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  This assignment places Bishop Young over churches throughout the state of Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.  Bishop Young served as the presiding Bishop of the 11th Episcopal District (Florida and the Bahamas Islands) from 2004-2012 and chaired the Board of Trustees for Edward Waters College.

Bishop Young served as the Presiding Bishop of the 10th Episcopal District, (Texas) for the Quadrennium 2000-2004.  During this Quadrennium Bishop Young chaired the Board of Trustees for Paul Quinn College.
In 1992, Bishop Young was elected and consecrated the 109th Bishop of the AME Church; and was assigned to the 15th Episcopal District, which embraces the southern part of the Republic of South Africa; and the countries of Namibia and Angola. 

Bishop Young is a native of Atlanta, a son of the Parsonage and a product of the Public Schools of Atlanta.  He furthered his education by obtaining degrees from Morris Brown College, Atlanta; Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois.  Bishop Young received the Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary) from Morris Brown College and Paul Quinn College and a Doctor of Divinity (Honorary) from Edward Waters College.

In South Africa, he led members of the 15th Episcopal District in the Centennial Celebration of the AME Church in Southern Africa.  While serving as Secretary of the Council of Bishops, and Presiding Bishop of the 15th Episcopal District, he participated in the reception of 12,000 members of the Angola Independent Methodist Church into the AME Church.  This formed the Angola Annual Conference of the 15th Episcopal District of the AME Church. 

From 1996 through 2000, Bishop Young served as the Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Officer for the AME Church.  He also served as the Endorsing Agent for all Chaplains in the denomination.  During this period he provided leadership in all Ecumenical and Interfaith forums nationally and globally. 

In July of 2004 Bishop Young was assigned to the Electrifying Eleventh Episcopal District AME Church.  Bishop Young provided faithful leadership to the 17 Presiding Elders, over 400 Pastors and Ministers and thousands of lay persons who worked diligently and sacrificially to fulfill the mission of the church.  Bishop and Mrs. Young led by example, exhibiting spiritual courage, innovative vision and dynamic interaction.

During the two (2) Quadrenniums in Florida and the Bahamas, Bishop Young led in the reorganization and strengthening of the District by going from 8 Conferences to 6.  He focused on Christian Education, Ministerial Education, Continuing Education for Lay and Clergy and strengthening the component ministries of the District.

He initiated a comprehensive voter education, registration, and mobilization which included a Day at the Capitol. 

He worked across Denominational and interfaith lines to impact Local, State and National Elections.  Bishop Young and Mrs. worked with Pastors, Ministers, Lay Leaders, elected official and the people of Jacksonville to elect the first Black Mayor of Jacksonville.  He chaired, with distinction, the Board of Trustees for Edward Waters College.  He provided leadership in the search for two Presidents and led the 11th District in raising and giving Edward Waters College Two Million dollars in addition to the sustained support provided by the District and the denomination.

The Bahama Islands Annual Conference is a vital part of the 11th District.  Under Bishop and Mrs. Young’s administration this conference enjoys the outstanding leadership of two Bahamian Presiding Elders, Pastors, Ministers and Lay leaders who share the ministries of the 11th Episcopal District. During this time the Eleventh District acquired through purchase our first property in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.  To God be the Glory! 
On July 4th 2012 Bishop and Mrs. Young were assigned to the Terrific Third Episcopal District embracing the great people of Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. 

Bishop Young Chairs the Board of Directors for AME-SADA, the Service And Development Agency of the AME Church providing leadership in International Development. Previously, Bishop Young served as President of the General Board, Chair of Annuity, Investments and Insurance, Chair of the Commission on Global Witness and Ministry and Women In Ministry.   

He serves with honor and distinction as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Methodist Council, the Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) 1998-2006.  Bishop Young was re-elected to the Central Committee of the WCC at the Ninth (9th) Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006.  He chaired the Committee on Nominations for the National Council of Churches, USA, and provided leadership for the Pan Methodist Commission 1996-2000. 

Bishop Young is married to Dorothy Jackson Young of Boston, Massachusetts.  They are the parents of Mr. Ron and Mrs. Karyn Young-Lowe; The Reverend Julius and Mrs. Deana Young McAllister; Mr. Roderick and Mrs. Andrea Young Jones, Miss Stephanie Lynn Young and grandparents of Little Miss Jennifer Renee Lowe, Master Julius Harrison McAllister, III, Master Peyton Leigh Jones, Master Colin McKinley Young McAllister,  Little Miss Jessica Christine Lowe, Master Dylan David Jeremiah McAllister and Master Noah Parker Jones.

Mrs. Dorothy J. Young

Mrs. Dorothy J. Young was born in Atlanta, Georgia but was reared and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to being the supportive and devoted wife of McKinley Young, the 109th Bishop in the history of African Methodism, she is the caring and devoted mother of four beautiful daughters. Karyn Young-Lowe, a Social Worker, lives in Alta Loma, California with her husband Ron, and Bishop and Mrs. Young’s granddaughters, Jennifer Renee and Jessica Christine. Deana Young-McAllister, Supervisor of Human Resources, Instructional Staff – Leon County Schools Tallahassee.  She lives with her husband,  The Reverend Dr. Julius McAllister, Jr., and their sons Julius III, Colin and Dylan in Tallahassee, Florida. Andrea Young Jones is an Executive Staff Analyst with the Mayor’s Office, she and her husband Roddy and sons Peyton and Noah live and work in Houston, Texas. Stephanie Lynn, who lived four years with her parents in South Africa, recently joined the Obama for America Team as the Deputy Communications Director for the State of Florida.

Mrs. Young is a graduate of Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing in Boston.  Mrs. Young worked for twenty-six years as a Registered Professional Nurse in Massachusetts, Illinois and Georgia and has worked actively in organizations and projects that support global health and the eradication of worldwide hunger. Dorothy Young has served the African Methodist Episcopal Church faithfully and creatively through the Women’s Missionary Society. She has served as a Local President, Area Chair, Conference Branch President, Episcopal District President and as an Episcopal District Supervisor. While serving at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, she led the Women’s Missionary Society in the development of the Dorothy J. Young Help Center and “My Sister’s Place,” a transitional living facility for homeless women and their children.

From 1992 to 1996, Mrs. Young lived in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa and served as the Episcopal Supervisor of the Fifteenth Episcopal District Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She edited a study guide entitled “Global Economics Seeking a Christian Ethic”  and published and distributed a Lenten/Pentecost Devotional Guide in the voices of the women of Southern Africa entitled “All Things New.”  During her work and witness in Africa she hosted International guests and provided leadership through workshops and mock election forums as South Africa prepared for the historic 1994 General Elections. Mrs. Young traveled with her husband to Luanda, Angola in October 1995 to receive twelve thousand members of the Independent Methodist Church into the Fifteenth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1998, the Sojourners Mission Sending Program of the AME Church Women’s Missionary Society was enhanced through the development of a cross-cultural training component developed by Mrs. Young. Her other travels include Central and South America as well as many countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. While Bishop Young served as Ecumenical Officer of the AME Church 1996-2000, Dorothy Young was his Executive Assistant and represented the AME Church at the 8th Assembly World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe. Bishop and Dr. Young attended the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006 and the 20th World Methodist Council in Durban, South Africa in 2011. 

The Forty-sixth Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church appointed Bishop Young as the Presiding Prelate of the Tenth Episcopal District, the state of Texas. While in Texas, she encouraged the involvement of young women in the church and supported students at Paul Quinn College with Scholarships. Bishop and Mrs. Young led the Tenth Episcopal District in hosting the 15th Quadrennial Convention in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Young served on the Self-Study Committee which rewrote the Constitution and Bylaws of the International Women’s Fellowship of the AME Church, The Women’s Missionary Society. In 2002 Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas conferred The Doctor of Humane Letters on Dorothy Young for her Church and Community Service.

In July of 2004 Bishop and Dr. Young and family were assigned to the Electrifying Eleventh Episcopal District AME Church. (State of Florida and the Bahamas). She served as a mentor with Take Stock in Children and supervised the Women’s Missionary Society, the Debutante Master Commission and the Ministers Spouses Alliance. She actively supported  the recruitment of students and led the women of the 11th in support for Edward Waters College. In July 2011, the Inaugural Class of the Dorothy Adams Peck Leadership Institute, a vision of  Dr. Youngs’ graduated at the Christian Education Congress.  The 17th Quadrennial Convention of the Connectional Women’s Missionary Society was hosted by the 11th Episcopal District in Orlando, Florida, July 21-31, 2011.  Her favorite scriptural passage comes from the Book of James, Chapter 1 verse 22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not merely hearers, who deceive themselves.”

Dr. Young is a member of the Bold City Chapter, Links Inc.  In July 2012 at the 49th Session of The General Conference Bishop and Dr. Young were assigned to the Third Episcopal District. Dr. Young will continue her work as Episcopal Supervisor, wife, mother, grandmother, Church and Community activist in Columbus, Ohio.