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Houston mourns the loss of Bishop W. E. Lockett, the 57th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church,

NOTICE TO: MEMBERS OF THE 2010 GENERAL CONFERENCE STANDING COMMITTEE ON EPISCOPACY OF THE CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The Committee on Episcopacy of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, in accordance with The Book of Discipline of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (2006), ¶432.7, page 119, is hereby summoned to meet on March 15, 2011, 3:30 p.m., at Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 8955 S. Freeway in Houston, Texas (Telephone: 713-748-5947), for the purpose of making an Episcopacy assignment to the Fifth Episcopal District.

We mourn the homegoing of Bishop W. E. Lockett, the 57th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, who was assigned to the Fifth Episcopal District. Our condolences and prayers are extended to Mrs. Lillie Lockett and family. Our sincere regards and abiding support to the Fifth Episcopal District and the entire Christian Methodist Episcopal Church family.

Rev. Dr. J.W. Honeysucker, Sr.
Chair, Committee on Episcopacy
2010 General Conference
Church: 662-328-5161

Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., CEO

Jeanette L. Bouknight
Executive Secretary
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
“An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry”

For additional information, contact:
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Chairman, Commission of Social Justice and Human Concerns
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Telephone: 323-294-3830
E-mail: ninthhq@sbcglobal.net

The Rev. Dr. Teresa Snorton is Elected First Female Bishop  of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church

The Rev. Dr. Teresa Snorton is Elected First Female Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church

The Rev. Dr. Teresa Snorton is Elected First Female Bishop
of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church

Bishop Teresa Snorton

(Mobile, Alabama – July 4, 2010) In the thirty-six quadrennial session and thirty-seventh General Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church convening in Mobile, Alabama during June 26-July 4, 2010, five new bishops were elected. The Rev. Dr. Teresa Snorton was elected the first female bishop of the denomination. The theme of the General Conference was, “An Essential Church”: Poised for 21st Century Ministry.”

Bishop Teresa Snorton is the Executive Director of the national Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE), (www.acpe.edu). She is the former Executive Director of the Emory Center for Pastoral Services in Atlanta, Georgia and former Director of Pastoral Services at Crawford Long Hospital. She has been adjunct instructor in Pastoral Care at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Bishop Teresa Snorton is a fourth generation, life-long CME. Her great-grandfather, father and uncle were all CME pastors and her grandmother was an active missionary. Her two sisters are also CME ministers. As an ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, she was a former pastor in Kentucky. Prior to moving to Atlanta, in addition to being a pastor, she was a Psychiatric Staff Chaplain in Louisville, on the adjunct faculty of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky, and on the faculties of the Patient Counseling Program at the Medical College of Virginia and the School of Theology of Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Bishop Snorton has a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology in Pastoral Care from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Bishop Snorton is active on several boards and committees of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, including the Commission on the Concerns of Women in Ministry and immediate past President of the Chaplains Commission. She has been a delegate to six CME General Conferences, is a former National Youth Conference officer, and a member of several committees in her region/annual conference, including the Joint Board of Finance, the Committee on Ministry, the Leadership Training School faculty. She is currently the Coordinator of the Renewal Plan for the Second Episcopal District.

Bishop Snorton is a member of the International Congress of Pastoral Care and Counseling, a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology, and Business Manager of the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. She has been a member of several boards and advisory committees related to interfaith dialogue, religion and health, and pastoral education. She is the 2001 recipient of the Wayne Oates Pastoral Care Award from the Long Run Baptist Association in Louisville, Kentucky, a recipient of the B. Julian Smith Award from the Board of the Christian Education in the CME Church and a recipient of the Legacy Award of the CME Women’s Missionary Council.

Bishop Snorton is the author of several articles, chapters and book reviews on topics related to pastoral care and ministry. A co-edited work with Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multi-Cultural World was published by Fortress Press in fall 2009.
Bishop Snorton is married with three sons and three grandchildren.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and its College of Bishops, is a 139-year old historically African American Christian denomination with more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan/Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Rwanda and Burundi. For additional information about the CME Church, visit www.c-m-e.org .

    Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., CEO
    Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr.
    Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III
    Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.,
    Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
    Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
    Bishop James B. Walker
    Bishop W.E. Lockett
    Bishop Sylvester Williams
    Bishop Teresa Snorton
    Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
    Bishop William H. Graves, Retired
    Bishop Othal H. Lakey, Retired
    Bishop Edward Lynn Brown, Retired
    Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, Retired
    Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr., Retired
    Bishop Marshall Gilmore, Retired
    Bishop Nathaniel Linsey, Retired

Bishop W.E. Lockett death leaves a void in the leadership of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.

Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.

“I believe he worked by three (3) principles; the vision to see, the faith to
believe, and the courage to do” said Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. 52nd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Eighth Episcopal District-(Texas), when describing the late Bishop W. E. Lockett from the Fifth Episcopal District.-(Alabama/Florida)

AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH FROM THE 2010-2014 COMMITTEE ON EPISCOPACY AND THE COLLEGE OF BISHOPS

After prayerful deliberation, the Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and the chair of the Committee on Episcopacy, the Rev. John W. Honeysucker, make the following announcements regarding Episcopal supervision. These announcements are occasioned by the death of one of our Episcopal leaders, Bishop W. Edward Lockett.

Bishop Lockett’s death leaves a void in the leadership of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and specifically in the Fifth Episcopal District.

In keeping with the authority within THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE, REVISED 2006, specifically within ¶432.7, page 119, and ¶1402, §7, page 432, the Committee on Episcopacy has made the following appointments:

1. The assignment of Bishop Teresa E. Snorton as the Presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, effective immediately; and

2. The recall of Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham to active service and the assignment of Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham to the Eleventh Episcopal District, effective immediately.

The Senior Bishop, on behalf of the College of Bishops, also announces the following administrative appointments, in the place of Bishop W. Edward Lockett:

    1. The appointment of Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr., as the chair of the Department of Ministry to Men;

    2. The appointment of Bishop James B. Walker as the chair of the Committee on Economic Development;

    3. The appointment of Bishop Teresa E. Snorton as vice chair of the CIT Advisory Committee and the CIT Standing Committee, and as vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Connectional Headquarters; and

    4. The appointment of Bishop Teresa E. Snorton as representative to the Commission on Pan-Methodism.

Respectfully,

Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.
Senior Bishop

“An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry”

(left to right) Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., 52nd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Eighth Episcopal District-(Texas) congratulates Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham on his new assignment in Africa.

(left to right) Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., 52nd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Eighth Episcopal District-(Texas) congratulates Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham on his new assignment in Africa.

Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham was elected July 3, 2002, as the 53rd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. At the 2010 General Conference held in Mobile, Alabama, Bishop Cunningham was honorably retired. On March 15, 2011 (after the passing of Bishop W.E. Lockett), Bishop Cunningham was recalled to active service and assigned to the Eleventh Episcopal District.-(Africa)

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