The 1st Episcopal District

Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr.

4466 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Henry M. Williamson is the 52nd Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He was elected on July 3, 2002 at the General Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and assigned the Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District.

Bishop Williamson was born in Arkansas, and reared in Tennessee and Gary, Indiana. He was called to the ministry in 1967 in Gary, Indiana at Israel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop J. Claude Allen ordained him Deacon in 1968 and Elder in 1969 Claude Allen.

Bishop Williamson is a graduate of the historic Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Purdue University, a Master of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary, Northwestern University with an advanced degree in Clinical Pastoral Education. Bishop Williamson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary.

Bishop Williamson pastored over 30 years in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He pastored churches in Gary, Indiana, Evanston, Illinois, East St. Louis, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Jacksonville, Florida and Chicago, Illinois. For the past 16 years before elected bishop, he was pastor of Carter Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago.

In each city while serving as pastor, Bishop Williamson motivated his congregations to not only meet the spiritual, economic and social needs of its members, but to reach out to the larger community. He has established More Like Christ, a feeding, clothing and spiritual development program for the homeless; African American Male Ministries: Boys to Men Choir, Christian Methodist Men and Man/Boy Breakfast Mentoring Program; the Sisterhood, a female development and mentoring program, scholarship programs, and television ministries that take Christ and social issues to the community.

Bishop Williamson is the founder and CEO of One Church One School Community Partnership Program. This nationwide program involves churches and schools in partnerships that teach our young people to value life and learning. Over 200 One Church One School partnerships across the nation are positively impacting children through tutoring and mentoring programs, homework assistance programs, after school academic and recreational program scholarships, and other youth development initiatives.

Bishop Williamson has received numerous awards including the 2001 Keeper of the Dream, 2000 Lyle Star Award for Exemplary Community Service, People Who Make A Difference, Pastor of the New Generation, PUSH Dream Keepers Award, Black Expo Award for Community Leadership, among others. Bishop Williamson serves on the Boards of Northern Trust Bank, Rainbow/PUSH, Radio Broadcast Ministers of Chicago, and others.

Most proud of his family, he and his wife of 28 years, the former Doris Yvonne Keys, are the proud parents of Henry, Jr., a graduate of Northwestern University, and currently a financial analyst with LaSalle Partners of Chicago; and Kelli Daonne, a graduate of Chicago State University, and currently teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. Their grandson, Jonathan, is the source of much joy and happiness in their lives.