The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey N. Leath – AMEC Council of Bishops President

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Order Elected: 128
Retirement Year: 2032
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The Rt. Reverend Jeffrey N. Leath was elected and consecrated the 128th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in July 2008 in St. Louis and has been assigned to serve in the 13th Episcopal District in Kentucky and Tennessee. He previously served the 19th Episcopal District in South Africa.

Bishop Leath is a child of the parsonage. He was born in Huntington, New York and has lived in Norwalk, Connecticut and Inwood, New York as his father served in those places. Dr. Leath is a graduate of Yale College, Yale Divinity School (Master of Divinity) and United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio) – Doctor of Ministry. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Class Leader system in the A.M.E. Church.

Bishop Leath has served churches in New York; Rhode Island; Norristown, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. His final pastoral charge was at Mother Bethel Church where he served for fourteen years as the 51st pastor. Before his assignment to the Thirteenth Episcopal District (Kentucky and Tennessee), Bishop Leath served the Nineteenth Episcopal District (Republic of South Africa).

Bishop Leath is the husband of Susan J. Leath, M.D., the Leaths have three children: (the Rev.) Jennifer, Victoria, and Jeffrey, II.

Brother Leath is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and he is a 33rd Degree Prince Hall Mason. He is a member of Mt. Pisgah Lodge, #32; Montgomery Chapter, #44 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Consistory, #86.

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