Transition of Senior Bishop McKinley Young

Transition of Senior Bishop McKinley Young

“Servant of God well done!
Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master’s joy.”

The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church acknowledging and surrendering to the will of God, announce that Bishop McKinley Young, the Senior Bishop and the 109th Elected and Consecrated Bishop, made his transition to the church triumphant on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

The Council of Bishops asks that the connectional church, join with us in prayer for Supervisor Dr. Dorothy Young, children, grandchildren, siblings and family that God will comfort them in their loss, and give them His peace. We also ask you to lift in prayer the Third Episcopal District as they have lost their Episcopal Leader.

Arrangements will be announced as they are finalized. Please refrain from reaching out to the family until tomorrow afternoon to give the family a period of privacy.

The Right Reverend Reginald T. Jackson
Council of Bishops

The Celebration of Life and Legacy for The Right Reverend McKinley Young, Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District is as follows:

Ohio Service:
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Viewing:  9:30 AM
Service:  11:00 AM

Wilberforce University
Alumni Multiplex
1055 N. Bickett Rd.
Wilberforce OH 45384

Officiant:    The Reverend Betty A. Whitted Holley, PhD
Presiding Elder, Columbus-Springfield-Xenia District
Eulogist:     Bishop Ronnie Elijah Brailsford
Presiding Prelate, 20th Episcopal District AME Church

Atlanta Service:
Wake and Omega Service
Friday, January 25, 2019
6:00-8:00 PM

Celebration of Life and Legacy
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 AM

Big Bethel A.M.E. Church
220 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone:  404-827-9707

Officiant:    Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson
Presiding Prelate, 11th Episcopal District AME Church
Eulogist:     Bishop Wilfred Jacobus Messiah
Presiding Prelate,17th Episcopal District AME Church

Hampton Inn and Suites Xenia Dayton, OH
194 S. Progress Drive
Xenia, OH 45385
Phone:  1-800-Hampton
Rate: $103.00
Group Name: African Methodist Episcopal Church
Code: C-AME

Springhill Suites
2663 Fairfield Commons Drive
Beavercreek, OH  45431
Phone:  937-429-9090
Rate:  $119.00

2777 Fairfield Commons Blvd
Beavercreek, Ohio 45431
Phone:  937-429-5203
Rate:  $149.00

Residence Inn
2779 Fairfield Commons Blvd.
Beavercreek, Ohio 45431
Phone:  937-427-3914
Rate:  $169.99
Hilton Atlanta Airport
1031 Virginia Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30354
Phone:  404-767-9000

In lieu of flowers, and because of Bishop Young’s ongoing support of education, please allow your remembrances of him to be in the form of donations to Wilberforce University at the following link:
Checks made payable to Wilberforce University are to be mailed to:
Third Episcopal District AME Church
112 Jefferson Avenue, #5
Columbus, OH 43215

Please include the following information on your check:
Bishop and Mrs. McKinley Young Scholarship Fund
Fund#:  51009 3307-5303-60

Arrangements in Ohio entrusted to:
Marlan Gary Funeral Home, The Chapel of Peace East
5456 E. Livingston Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43232
Phone:  614-604-8774
Fax: 614-267-1194

Arrangements in Georgia entrusted to:
4347 Flat Shoals, Decatur, GA.
Phone:  404-241-5656
Fax:  404-241-8116

The internment will follow the service in Atlanta, Georgia, at Southview Cemetery, 1990 Jonesboro Road, S.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Condolences may be sent to:
Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young & family
Third Episcopal District AME Church
112 Jefferson Avenue, #5
Columbus, OH 43215

Please continue to keep Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young and family in your prayers.

Third Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church
112 Jefferson Avenue, Box 5
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone:  614-227-5812
Fax:  614-227-5875
Web Address:
Email Address:

The Right Reverend McKinley Young
Senior Bishop
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Presiding Prelate
Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young
Episcopal Supervisor

Bishop Young Homegoing Flyer


Biography of Senior Bishop McKinley Young

Senior Bishop McKinley Young was born in Atlanta, Georgia, a son of the Parsonage and a product of the Public Schools of Atlanta. He received degrees from Morris Brown College, Atlanta; Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA; and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Il. He holds honorary Doctorates from six institutions of Higher Education. Bishop Young pastored churches in the 1st, 4th, and 6th Episcopal Districts being elected the 109th Bishop from Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta in 1992.

Bishop Young’s first Episcopal assignment was to the 15th District where he led in the Centennial Celebration of African Methodism in Southern Africa. Bishop Young has provided leadership in the Ecumenical Community for over 40 years. From 1996-2000 Bishop Young served as the Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Officer for the AME Church. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, the Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches, USA, the World Methodist Council, the Pan-Methodist Commission, the Consultation on Church Union and the Conference of National Black Churches. Serving in the 10th District from 2000-2004, Bishop Young led the church in stabilizing Paul Quinn College which was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He served in the 11th District from 2004-2012 where Edward Waters College’s accreditation was sustained after taking SACS to Federal Court. Two million dollars was raised by the District to secure EWC’s fiscal solvency. Subsequently, the EWC Foundation was established. He focused on Christian Education, Ministerial Education, Continuing Education for Lay and Clergy and strengthening the component ministries of the District. He initiated a comprehensive voter education, registration, and mobilization which included a Day at the Capitol. Under Bishop Young’s administration, the Eleventh District acquired through purchase the AME first property in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

In 2012, Bishop McKinley Young was assigned to the Third Episcopal District which embraces churches throughout the states of Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. He also served as Chancellor of Wilberforce University and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Payne Theological Seminary. At the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bishop McKinley Young was elevated to the office of Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and reassigned to the Third Episcopal District for a second Quadrennium.

Bishop Young was involved with AME/SADA for over 20 years and served as the Chair of the Board. He served as the President of the Council of Bishops and the General Board. He chaired the Commissions on Women In Ministry, Global Witness and Ministry, Annuity Investments and Insurance, and the Commission on Church Growth and Development.

Bishop Young was married to Dorothy Jackson Young and the father of; Karyn (Ron) Young-Lowe, Deana (Julius) McAllister, Andrea (Roderick) Jones and Stephanie Lynn Young. Bishop and Mrs. Young are the grandparents of Jennifer Renee and Jessica Christina Lowe, Julius III, Colin and Dylan McAllister, Peyton, Noah, and Miles Jones.

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