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101 East Union St Suite 301
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Tel: 904-355-8262 Fax: 904-356-1617 fax
Email: bishopyoung@bellsouth.net
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Office Email: 11thdistoffice@bellsouth.net


Bishop McKinley Young is the presiding prelate of the Eleventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  He was assigned to the Eleventh Episcopal District in 2004 by the 47th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  This assignment places Bishop Young over some 440 churches throughout the state of Florida and the Bahamas .  Bishop Young also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida .  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 .

From 1996 through 2000, Bishop Young was the Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Officer for the AME Church , and the Endorsing Agent for all Chaplains in the denomination.  In 1992, Bishop Young was elected and consecrated the 109th Bishop of the AME Church ; and was assigned to the 15th Episcopal District, which includes the southern part of the Republic of South Africa , 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 .Bishop Young Chairs the Board of Directors for AME-SADA, the Service And Development Agency of the AME Church providing leadership in International Development. He also serves as Chair of the Commission on Annuity Investment and Insurance. Previously, Bishop Young served as President of the General Board, 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.

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, and Master Dylan David Jeremiah McAllister.

Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society & Clergy Spouses

Eleventh Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church

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, Director of Human Resources, Naperville Community Unified School District 203 lives with her husband, The Reverend Julius McAllister, Jr., and their sons Julius III, Colin McKinley and Dylan David in the Chicago area. Andrea Young Jones is an Executive Staff Analyst with the Mayor’s Office, she and her husband Roddy and son Peyton live and work in Houston, Texas. Stephanie Lynn, who lived four years with her parents in South Africa, is an Editorial Assistant for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).

Mrs. Young is a graduate of Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. She was awarded the Claire Sonis award for excellence in Clinical Nursing at graduation. Mrs. Young worked for twenty-six years as a Registered Professional Nurse in Massachusetts, Illinois and Georgia. Mrs. Young has worked actively in organizations and projects that support global health and the eradication of worldwide hunger. For more than forty years, 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.

Mrs. Young has worked with Church Women United and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta-based “Global Health Action.” Mrs. Young also served on the Board of Directors of the Hunger periodical “Seeds.”

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” which was marketed in the Fifteenth District. She was responsible for the publication and distribution of a Lenten/Pentecost Devotional Guide in the voices of the women of Southern Africa entitled “All Things New,” which was shared with the Connectional AME Church. 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 1994 General Election. Mrs. Young traveled with her husband to Luanda, Angola in October 1995 to receive a reported 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. She worked to increase the knowledge of the AME Church in the area of debt forgiveness “Jubilee 2000.” Bishop and Dr. Young attended the 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006.

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. As Episcopal Supervisor, Mrs. Young worked with the women, young people and clergy spouses 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 lead 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) Dr. Young is a member of the Bold City Chapter of Links, Incorporated. She is a mentor with Take Stock in Children and supervises the Women’s Missionary Society, the Debutante Master Commission and the Ministers Spouses Alliance. She actively supports the recruitment of students and leads the women of the 11th in scholarship support for Edward Waters College. 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.” She continues her work as Episcopal Supervisor, wife, mother, grandmother, Church and Community activist in Jacksonville, Florida.

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