Missouri Pastor, Anthony Witherspoon, to Run for AME Zion Church Bishop

Rev. Dr. Anthony Witherspoon
Rev. Dr. Anthony Witherspoon

Rev. Dr. Anthony Witherspoon, Pastor of Washington Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 613 N. Garrison Ave., announced that he will be run for bishop, the highest office held in the AME Zion church, in 2016.

In the past, six bishops have been elected from Washington Metropolitan AME Zion church. There are certain requirements that one must fulfill in order to hold such a title. One must have proven to be fiscally responsible, be an Ordained Elder in the church and possess at least 20 years’ pastoral experience.

His 33 years of experience in the ministry (the last 15 years at Washington Metropolitan) and having served as adjunct professor of religion at Saint Louis University have prepared him for such a position.

Witherspoon is dedicated to serving his community. In late October he gave out blankets and fed homeless veterans. This hit close to home for Witherspoon, considering he is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.

He also went to Ferguson, where unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. was killed, and led a prayer for young men killed around the nation. “We aren’t just praying for Mike Brown but for the nation,” said Witherspoon.

On October 13, Witherspoon, co-organized the “Man Up: Men Being Positive Agents for Change” seminar in hopes of fueling the need for change in communities across the nation. The event brought men from around the nation as positive images of change.

“The only way is for the young men to be educated,” said Witherspoon. “The men that attended hopefully can continue the Man Up conference in their own communities.”

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SOURCE: St. Louis American
Erica R. Van Buren

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