Brown Memorial AME Hails ‘Historic’ Rise

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The presiding prelate of the West Africa Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZC) has been named president of the Board of Bishops of the Church. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey was voted recently becoming the 100th bishop in the line of succession of AMEZC. He is also the second native Liberian to head the Board of Bishops of the Church.

 Fifty three years ago, Dr. Lartey’s grandfather, Solomon Dorme Lartey, deceased, was the first native bishop of the Church.

 As president of the Board of Bishops, Bishop Lartey will officially speak for the Church, coordinate the affairs of all bishops of the AMEZC and ensure, amongst other things, that the Church is well-positioned to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As presiding prelate of the West Africa Episcopal District which included Liberia, Ghana, The Ivory Coast and Togo, Bishop Lartey currently presides over all AMEZ Churches in the district.He is also Chairman of the Administrative Board of Trustees of AME Zion University.

The Pastor-in-Charge, of the Brown Memorial AME Zion Church on Benson Street, Rev. Emmanuel F. Johnson, and members of the Church have described the ascendancy of Bishop Lartey to the presidency of the Board of Bishops of the AMEZC as ‘historic.’

“It is a refreshing moment for Zionists the world over—a photogenic moment for Zionists in the West Africa Episcopal District, most especially, the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) AMEZC, as the mantle of authority of the Board of Bishops shift into the hands of the third native African Bishop and the second native Liberian,” said Rev. Johnson. 

 He told our reporter yesterday that Brown Memorial will hold special prayers at the Brown Memorial AME Zion Church on Benson Street on Friday, February 21, to commemorate the rise of Bishop Lartey.

 The clergyman noted that being the Church’s bishop and life-serving member of Brown Memorial AMEZC, the pastors, officers and members of the Church are looking forward to an impressive celebration that will include a special thanksgivings worship and thanksgiving to God for the election of the third elected native son of the soil and the second Liberian to serve as official spokesman for over three million members of the AMEZC.

 The thanksgiving service is scheduled to take place at the edifice of the Brown Memorial AMEZC on Benson Street on Sunday, February 23. Rev. Johnson also announced that a special presentation to the president of the Board of Bishops by Brown Memorial AMEZC will take place on Wednesday, March 19, at Cartwright Memorial AMEZC in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.

A Brown Memorial AMEZC statement said: “with hearts filled with prayers, purpose, and thanksgiving, the Brown Memorial AMEZC congratulates the Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey, the 100th Bishop in the line of succession and presiding prelate of the West Africa Episcopal District AMEZC worldwide for his ascendancy to the presidency of the Board of Bishops of the AMEZC.

It is our humble prayer that the good Lord will grant him the strength, wisdom, peace of mind, guidance, and endurance, in all his endeavors.”

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