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BISHOP CLARENCE K. HEATH

Bishop Clarence Kelby Heath was elected the 64th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on June 29, 2022 at the 39th Quadrennial Session and the 40th General Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The General Conference appointed him to the Fifth Episcopal District comprising of the states of Alabama and Florida. He was elected while serving as pastor of Carter Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Fort Worth, Texas.

Bishop C.K. Heath was born June 16, 1968 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Clarence Melvin and Doris Ragin Heath. He is the oldest of five siblings (Yolanda, Melvina, Melanie, and Melvin) raised in Woodbury of Meriwether County, Georgia. He graduated from Woodbury High School’s “Mighty War Eagles” Class of 1986. He married his college sweetheart, Lakisha Young, of Augusta, Georgia. The two were married at Mother Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on April 23, 1994. They have two sons: Cornelius Kelby and Caleb David Heath.

 

Bishop Heath graduated from Augusta University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) and Commissioned Army Officer Senior R.O.T.C. His military service includes Army National Guard and Reserves (11B and 11M). He completed Army Chaplaincy School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He was honorably discharged in 1999 at the rank of First Lieutenant. He earned a Masters of Divinity (Theology) and Master of Arts in Christian Education at Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He continued postgraduate studies in Psychology and Counseling at the University of Sarasota. He earned a Doctorate of Theology at the International Theological Seminary (Dissertation: Christian Leadership: An Introduction and Emphasis on Guardianship as a Practical Role in Church). He is a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2020, and scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2023 with a Doctor of Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary (Major Project: A Focus on the Itinerancy in the CME Church).

As Bishop Joseph C. Coles, Jr. prayed for young people at a Georgia Leadership School held on the campus on Paine College, he heard the voice of God and responded to his calling to preach. He was licensed in at Trinity CME Church, pastor Rev. Larry Fryer and Presiding Elder Rev. Gene Dean. He was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Othal H. Lakey in the Georgia Annual Conference. He was admitted into Full Connection in 1995 at the Georgia Annual Conference. He pastored Jones Tabernacle CME of Macon, Georgia (1994-1996); Bethel CME of Sarasota, Florida (1996-2004); Thirgood Memorial CME of Birmingham Alabama (2004-2008); Central Metropolitan CME of Jacksonville, Florida (2008-2011); Greenwood CME of Memphis, Tennessee (2011-2014); and Carter Metropolitan CME of Fort Worth, Texas (2014-2022).

 

He considers it a distinguished privilege to serve as the president of Phillips School of Theology Alumni Association. He also served as a school teacher, little league basketball coach, and mentor for the Urban League. He has promoted school partnerships, and developed summer school programs. He also enjoys family, traveling, writing, studying, reading books, personal devotion, physical fitness, movies, and sports.

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REV. DR. LILLY ALBRIGHT RAINEY

Lilly Albright Rainey is married to Eric Rainey and they are the parents of Alecia (LaDerick Underwood), Erica (Arthur Gooden) and Jordan. They are the grandparents of Austin, Avery, Alayna Underwood; Kristian, and Bailey Gooden. She has earned degrees from Faulkner University- Bachelor of Business Administration; Birmingham School of Law-Juris Doctor; Liberty University-Master of Divinity. She is a serial entrepreneur who owns several businesses, including Albright Rainey Law Firm, LLC.


She currently serves as Presiding Elder of the Anniston District for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church-supervising twenty (20) churches. In addition, Attorney Rainey serves as general counsel for the Fifth Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton. She previously served as Presiding Elder of the Anniston District-making her the first female appointed in that capacity for eight years and the Birmingham District for seven years. She was reassigned to the Anniston District for the conference year 2018-2019.


Presiding Elder Rainey has served the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in many capacities: Pastor, Presiding Elder, Annual Conference Trustee, General Conference Delegate, General Connectional Board, Vice-Coordinator Commission on Concerns of Women in Ministry, Contributing Author: Jewels for the Soul, Correspondence, Recording Secretary and Registrar-Presiding Elders’ Council, Board Member and Secretary-Collins Chapel Health Center, Board member of Miles Foundation Service Corporation (MFSC), and Audit Committee member for The World Methodist Council for this quinquennial- 2012-2016.

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PASTORS AND CHURCHES

 1) ATHENS      

     Rev. Tony Longshore, Pastor    

     2222 East Broad Street

     Gadsden, AL 35903       

     256-492-6545     

                                                                       

2) GREENFIELD   

Rev. Alvin Crenshaw, Pastor

      49 Pine Harbor Road   

      Cropwell, AL 35128       

                                  

3) HILLS CHAPEL

      Rev. Christopher Parham,  Pastor

      324 Ruth Avenue, SW

      Leeds, AL 35094 

      205-699-7652    

                                               

4)  HOWARD CHAPEL

    Rev. Victor Griffin, Pastor

    4490 Shocco Springs Road

    Talladega, AL 35160       

              

5)  JACOBS CHAPEL-PELL CITY

     Rev. Brenda Williams, Pastor

     905 19th Street South

      Pell City, AL 35125        

 

6)   JACOBS CHAPEL-TALLADEGA

      Rev. Jerrell C. Hicks, Pastor

      308 Martin Luther King Dr.

      Talladega, AL 35160       

      256-362-6850    

 7)  LANE CHAPEL-WALDO

      Rev. Julian Ashley, Pastor

      234 Berney Station Road

      Talladega, AL 35160       

      256-362-0787

                                  

8)   MOUNT ARARAT

      Rev. Richard Willis, Pastor

      1166 Brutonville Road

      Alexandria, AL 36265

      256-848-9875     

                                               

9) MOUNT PLEASANT

    Rev. Dr. K. Solomon Williams, Pastor

    305 Lea & Draper

    Piedmont, AL 36272       

    256-447-9319    

                                                                       

10) MOUNT ZION

      Rev. Lloyd Hicks, Pastor

      2028 Church Road

      Alpine, AL 35014 

      256-761-9002    

                                           

11) MURRAY TEMPLE

      Rev. Flora Alexander, Pastor

     1614 Mulberry Avenue

      Anniston, AL 36201       

      256-236-0160  

12)  NEW HOPE-BYNUM

       Rev. Frederick Washington, Pastor

       8001 Alabama Hwy 202

       Bynum AL 36253

13)  PINE GROVE-EASTABOGA

       Rev. Dr. Lilly A. Rainey, Pastor     

       4835 Speedway Blvd.

       Lincoln, Eastaboga AL 36260      

 14)  PLAYERS CHAPEL

        Rev. Dr. Earlie Douthard, Supply Pastor

        2519 Moore Avenue

        Anniston, AL 35160  

15) PLEASANT VALLEY

      Rev. Pearson McGhee, Pastor

      201 Ferry Road   

      Childersburg, AL 35044

      256-378-3934

16) ST. JOHN

       Rev. Tony Longshore, Pastor  

      825 Avenue C

      Gadsden, AL 35901

      256-225-8800

                                                             

 17) ST. PAUL-JACKSONVILLE

       Rev. Velma Thomas, Pastor

       319 Vann Street SE         

       Jacksonville, AL 36265

       256-435-1956    

18) SMITH TABERNACLE      

Rev. Dr. Gloria Haynes, Supply Pastor

      400 South Christine          

      Anniston, AL 35207       

      256-237-9596   

                           

19)  UNITY

       Rev. Leon Parker, III, Pastor

       2701 10th Avenue N.

       Bessemer AL 35020

       Mailing address: 

       P.O. BOX 1264

       Bessemer, AL 35021

20) WELCOME CHAPEL

      CLOSED

      501 Church Street  

      Hobson City, AL 36201