Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

Bishop McKenzie of Dallas, Texas serves as the 117th elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was the first woman elected bishop in the denomination’s 213-year history. She is also the national chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest predominately African-American sorority of college-trained women, and serves as national chaplain for The Links, a national service organization for professional women of color. She is the author of five books including an edited anthology of sermons from 22 outstanding preachers titled Those Sisters Can Preach. She also produced the documentary Survivor Stories about Hurricane Katrina, which aired on cable and PBS. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, earned a Master of Divinity from Howard University’s School of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.