The Rev. Harry L. Seawright, a Prince George’s County minister, is seeking to become a bishop in the AME Church at its 50th Quadrennial Session.
The AME denomination is meeting in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from July 4-13 and it is in the process of selecting its leadership, primarily bishops. Rev. Dr. Seawright, who is the pastor at Union Bethel AME Church in Brandywine, Maryland wants to be elected by his denomination peers to be in next round of bishops.
“I am running because I received my first calling from God to serve and I want to continue to do that,” Rev. Dr. Seawright told the AFRO on July 5. Quoting Luke 12:48, he said “whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required.”
Rev. Dr. Seawright is a graduate of Benedict College in Charleston, South Carolina and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Howard University School of Divinity. He accepted the call to ministry in 1977 and has pastored churches in the District and in Prince George’s County before matriculating to Union Bethel in June 1986 where he has been since.
Rev. Dr. Seawright is also the treasurer of the Washington Conference, the AME’s Second Episcopal District, and Second Episcopal District Religious, Education and Charitable Non-Profit Board.