A former Augusta pastor is the newly appointed bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgia.
Bishop Preston W. Williams II will govern the 522 A.M.E. churches of Georgia for the next four years, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based Sixth District.
Williams has pastored Bethel A.M.E. Church in Augusta; St. Paul, Allen Temple, Trinity and Saint Mark A.M.E. churches in Atlanta; Saint Mark A.M.E. Church in Athens; and Paradise A.M.E. Church in Jefferson, Ga. From 2000 to 2004, he served as bishop of the 17th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church in Central Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi. From 2004 to 2012, he served as bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District in South Carolina.
As bishop, Williams will also serve as chairman of the board at both Turner Theological Seminary and Morris Brown College in Atlanta.
He returns to Augusta in late July for the district’s annual Christian Education Leadership and Ministry Congress. More than 3,000 youths and lay members from across the state will attend the event at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites Conference Center July 24-27.