Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie serves as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Her historic election in the year 2000 represents the first time in the over 200-year history of the AME Church, a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. She was first to serve as the President of the Council of Bishops, to Chair the General Conference Commission and to be Host Bishop for the 49th Session of the General Conference of the AME Church in June 2012 with more than 30,000 in attendance.
Currently, she serves as presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, which is the entire state of Texas, as well as Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Paul Quinn College.
Bishop McKenzie was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the inaugural President’s Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. President Obama recently invited her to preach at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.
Bishop McKenzie authored four books. Not Without a Struggle, Strength in the Struggle, Journey to the Well and Swapping Housewives. A revised updated version of Not Without a Struggle was just released in 2012. In 2013 her newest book Those Sisters Can Preach will be released. It includes 22 sermons as pearls of wisdom from nationally known preachers who happen to be women.
Bishop McKenzie, well known as an electrifying preacher, has been honored for her leadership, community service, and outstanding achievements by a number of diverse civic, educational, business, and governmental organizations and leaders.
Her teaching ministry is available daily at www.thisisyourwakeupcallonline.com. In February 2012, she launched The Greatest of These is Love mixtape of ten mini-messages as love notes for your soul. Her incredible Praycation is available at www.vashtimckenzie.blogspot.com
Bishop McKenzie is humbled and grateful to God for the many opportunities and blessings afforded her as she strives to serve with excellence in the Kingdom of God.