The African Methodist Episcopal Church, after electing its first woman bishop four years ago, raised two more females to the episcopacy this month at its quadrennial meeting in Indianapolis. They also elected an unprecedented three native African bishops as a sign of AME commitment to indigenous leadership on that continent.
“The election of Bishop Vashti [McKenzie] four years ago cracked that stained-glass ceiling that many denominations have been struggling with,” said Mike McKinney, spokesman for the denomination. The two new women bishops, who won in balloting July 6, are Carolyn Tyler Guidry, a presiding elder from Los Angeles, and Sarah Frances Davis, a minister in San Antonio. Delegates also elected three male U.S. bishops.