Bishop Anne Henning Byfield

African Methodist Episcopal Church

135th Elected and Consecrated Bishop, Presiding Prelate of the 16th Episcopal District, Secretary of the Council of Bishops

Bishop Anne Henning Byfield is one who dares to Live, Learn, Lead, and Love GOD with creativity and passion as a bishop, preacher, psalmist, poet, spoken word artist, strategic consultant, writer, composer, wife, mother, and grandmother.  Married to Ainsley for 43 years they have one son, Michael, and four grandchildren.   She serves as the 135th elected and consecrated bishop of the AME Church. Her historic election in the year 2016 represents the
first time in the history of the AME Church, a person was elected who had a sibling on the bench of Bishops, Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Sr.. 

She serves as the Bishop of the 16th Episcopal District, which includes the regions of the Caribbean, South America, and
Europe. She is the Secretary of the Council of Bishops; Chair of the Global Development Council of the AME Church and Chair of the Women in Ministry.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University, A Master of Divinity Degree from Payne Theological Seminary, A Doctor of Ministry Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from R.R. Wright School of Religion, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of three books: Let the Worship Begin,  The Essence of My Existence, and Produced by Strength, Living by Power,  a Co-Author of  Odyssey, A Girls Mentoring Program, Editor of From The Heart of A Leader and a contributor to several books including Those Preaching Women, International Edition,  Mr. President, Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama,  and Black Women and Black Girls Matter, among others. She is a golden member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, a 2020 recipient of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Beautiful Are Your Feet Award, Drum Major for Peace, Indiana, 15 most influential women, Indianapolis and numerous other awards.

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