A.M.E. Bishop Sarah Frances Davis To Speak At Chapel

Jan. 20, 2005

by Kim Skinner, Student Newswriter

The 125th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Sarah Frances Davis, will be addressing Baylor University Chapel students at 10 and 11 a.m. in Waco Hall, Monday, Jan. 24.

Bishop Davis was elected to this position during the summer of 2004. She is the third woman to hold this office in the 188 years the A.M.E. denomination has existed. As the first Texan in almost a century to become a bishop, Davis has become known as a trailblazer for Texans and women.

Her assignment is to preside over the 18th Episcopal District, which is situated in southern Africa and includes the countries of Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. Davis and her husband have moved to Lesotho to begin this new ministry. The couple plans on returning to the states at least twice a year to participate in the Council of Bishops meetings.

Previous to this position, Davis served as the first female pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in San Antonio for seven years.

For more information about Chapel, please visit www.baylor.edu/um .

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