Presiding Prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal Area Bishop Darryl B. Starnes  Image Presiding Prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal Area - Bishop Darryl B. Starnes

Born in Hampton, Virginia, but raised primarily in Knoxville, TN, Bishop Darryl B Starnes was greatly impacted by the Christian nurture of his grandfather, the late Rev. Dr. J.A. Babington- Johnson and the First AME Zion Church, Knoxville, where his grandfather was the organizing pastor.  He gave his life to Christ at the age of 15.   Two years later, after excelling in academics and athletics (football, basketball, baseball, and track), he graduated from Fulton High School and entered the ministry.  He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC in 1979, the Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury in 1982, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL IN 1998.  He was ordained a deacon in 1977, an elder in 1979, and was consecrated a bishop in 2008.  His ministry has concentrated in six areas: pastoring, evangelism, teaching. Community outreach, the episcopacy, and writing.  
Pastorates included: Mt Moriah/ Mt Ararat Circuit, Richburg and Bascomville, SC; Greater Warner Tabernacle,
Knoxville, TN; Thompkins Metropolitan, Chattanooga, TN; Spottswood, New Britain, CT; Metropolitan, Birmingham, AL; Evans Metropolitan, Bennettsville, SC; and Wesley, Harrisburg, NC, where he was organizing pastor.  
Evangelism: He has served as Director of Evangelism for the Knoxville District, the Tennessee Conference, the Alabama/ Florida Episcopal District, and The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church for twelve years.  He has served as the Vice-President of the Evangelism Program Ministries Unit of the National Council of Churches of Christ and Is presently the chairman of the Wesleyan Commission on Evangelism and the Secretary of Evangelism for North America for the World
Methodist Evangelism.
Teaching: He has lectured at workshops, institutes, conventions, and retreats throughout the country and overseas.  He has served as an instructor at the Unity Theological Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee; as the Dean of the Hartford District School in New Britain, Connecticut, as an Adjunct Professor at the Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama; and as an Adjunct Professor at Hood Seminary in Salisbury, NC.  
Community Outreach:   He has served as a board member, Eastside YMCA, Knoxville, TN; vice-chairman, Board of  Directors, Urban Services YMCA, Chattanooga, TN; Interim- Director, Inner City Ministries, Chattanooga, TN; VICE-CHAIRMAN, Board of Directors, OIC, New Britain, CT; board member, Friendship Homeless Shelter, New Britain, CT; Incorporator, Wheeler Clinic, Plainville, CT; member, Christian Coalition of Connecticut; chaplain, Connecticut Department
of Corrections; consultant, Black Family Ministries Project; and trustee, Lomax-Hannon Junior College, Greenville, AL; Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC; Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC.
Episcopacy:  In 2008, he was consecrated the 96th Bishop in the line of succession; and for four years served as the Presiding Prelate of the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District, which comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Mississippi, Texas, and West Tennessee- Mississippi Conferences.  In 2012, he became the Presiding Prelate of the Mid-West Episcopal District, which comprises Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Trinidad- Tobago Conferences.  He also served as Presiding Prelate of the Mid-West Administrative Boards: The American Bible Society, Health and Social Concerns, Public Relations and Historical Society, Worship and Ritual, and Growth and Church
Growth and North American Officer to the World Methodist Council Steering Committee for the 2016-2021 quinquennium.
Writing: He has authored several books.  His most recent books include the following: Not Ashamed of the Gospel; An Evangelism Training Manual (2009); 21st Century Christians Under Construction: A Discipleship Training Manuel (2011); and For the Perfecting of the Saint: A Handbook on Small Group Discipleship (2013).
Family: He is married to Sis. Camille Cullom Starnes, who is the daughter of an AME Zion Pastor, a native of Knoxville, a local preacher, and a graduate of Livingstone College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies.  She served in the Church School Literature Department for eleven years, before becoming a Missionary Supervisor.  Hey are the proud parents of tree beautiful children; Rev. Alicia Courtney, Millicent, and Darryl Jr. and seven adorable grandchildren, Mya, Malachi, Kaiyon, Benjamin, Caleb, Jayelle, and Chloe.

Presiding Elder- Statesville District Rev. Dr. David R. Baker Image Presiding Elder- Statesville District - Rev. Dr. David R. Baker

Pastor Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Gainer Image Pastor - Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Gainer

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A woman after God's own heart, Rev. Dr.  Patricia A. Gainer has been anointed for such a time as this to touch the hearts of nations for the purpose of deliverance, healing and wholeness in Christ Jesus. A native of Greensboro, NC, Pastor G (as she is affectionately known) is the eldest daughter of the late Patrick and late Willie Mae Gainer and the granddaughter of late Mack J and late Hattie B Gainer. She was raised in a loving Christian home by her paternal grandparents. It was at the tender age of twelve that Pastor Gainer's life was forever changed for this date commemorates the moment that she received the Lord Jesus into her life. From that moment, she has continued to strive for excellence in her walk with the Lord.  

 During her ministry, Reverend Gainer, also a gifted psalmist has established herself as a vocal force to be reckoned with. Standing as a classically trained and accomplished vocalist, Rev Gainer has traveled, recorded, and sang with the likes of such greats as Luther Barnes, James Hall, the late Melvin and late Tunesha Crispell, Pastor Martina Echols, and the late Lecresia Campbell, to name a few. When she opens her mouth to sing, the anointing that God has placed upon her life pushes people to praise and worship the Lord; and brings about healing and deliverance. However, this is only a foretaste of the power that rest upon her life. A dynamic preacher and prolific orator, Rev. Gainer proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ with great passion and authority like none other. Her preaching of the pure and unadulterated word of the Lord has led many to Christ and continues to impact lives daily. Rev. Gainer believes that she has been called to transform, equip, empower and prepare people for Christian discipleship. She believes that her ministry is a gift to be shared with world. Her deepest desire is to see God’s Kingdom expanded as God uses her to minister deliverance to the poor, brokenhearted and people everywhere. Her love for God is perpetually demonstrated in her love for all people.

 Pastor Gainer also stands as an advocate for education. As the bible has instructed, she has studied to show herself approved and this is evident by her educational accomplishments. A graduate of the Guilford County School system in Greensboro, NC, she first pursed higher education at North Carolina A&T State University, where she majored in and obtained a BA in Music Performance, vocal concentration. She went on to pursue and obtain a Masters in Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, in addition to a second Bachelorette degree in Psychology from Guilford College. In May 2021 Doctor Gainer graduated with high honors from Hood Theological Seminary with the degree Doctor of Ministry in which she successfully defended the Doctoral project, A Biblical Literacy Model for Equipping a 21st Century Rural Congregation: Zion Grove AME Zion Church, Rutherfordton, NC.  She is currently enrolled at NC State University in pursuit of a M.Ed in College Counseling and Student Development.

 Pastor Gainer received her first Pastoral charge at the 2016. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Bishop George E. Battle saw fit to appoint her as Pastor the Savannah AME Zion Church. Though her time was brief, the impact that Pastor Gainer made was great. She went on to Pastor the thriving congregation of Zion Grove AME Zion Church in Rutherfordton, NC, she successfully led the church in the repaving of the parking lot, the paying off of the church mortgage, the purchase of sound equipment for outside services, and the replacement of the roof, which is set to be done in June of 2021. In May 2021, she was transferred to the historic Shiloh AME Zion Church, where she is pleased to currently serves.


 This mighty woman has been touched by the hand of Lord and continues to seek to fulfill purpose.

 Rev. Dr. Patricia Anne' Gainer, Servant, Leader, Child of God.

Preacher Steward Ms. Paulette Michelle Bailey Image Preacher Steward - Ms. Paulette Michelle Bailey

Financial Secretary Ms. Anna O'Bryant Image Financial Secretary - Ms. Anna O'Bryant

Correspondence Secretary/ Scheduling Mrs. Ana Mayberry Image Correspondence Secretary/ Scheduling - Mrs. Ana Mayberry

Ms. April Gray Assistant Correspondence Secretary Image Ms. April Gray - Assistant Correspondence Secretary

Poor Steward (Ministry of Kindness) Mrs. Tueresa Hayden Image Poor Steward (Ministry of Kindness) - Mrs. Tueresa Hayden


Preacher Steward (Steward Chair): Michele Bailey
April Gray
Nichio Lackey
Anna O'Bryant
David Rucker
Tony Steele
                                                                Ana Mayberry
Janice Hunt 


Trustee Chair: Kecia Brown
Margaret Nelson
Jerry Hayden Jr.
Rusty Lackey
Cheryl Gray
Helen Gibbs
Tony Williams
Kendrick Mayberry 


Leader of Leaders: April Gray
Class 1: Margaret Nelson
Class 2: Sharon Brown
Class 3: Cheryl Gray 
Class 4: Annie Eckles
Class 5: Marteka Anderson Allison
Class 6: Dr. Margaret Allen: 
Class 7: Bro. Nicholas Lackey
Class 8: Sis. Kehla Ellis (Ages 13-18 yrs.)
Class 9: Aleidra Vanderburg & Naomi Ellis (Cradle Roll)
Probation Members Class: Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Gainer 


Deaconess President: Helen Gibbs
Vice- President: Margaret Nelson 
Secretary: Shirley Hayden 
Assistant Secretary: Annie Eckles
Anna O'Bryant
Sharon Gaither Turner
Gladys St. Fort
Clara Sigmon
Doris Tucker
Tueresa Hayden
Nicho Lackey
Sadie King 


 Stewardess Board

President: Sharon Brown
Secretary: Cheryl Gray
Treasurer: Annie Exiles
Chaplin: Gladys St. Fort
Ellen Bellamy
Elaine Dalton
Rubynell Holt
Christine Johnson
Margaret Nelson
Sharon Gaither Turner
Mary Agnes Watts
Gwen Dobbins 

Christian Education Director (Co-Director) Ms. Kecia Brown Image Christian Education Director (Co-Director) - Ms. Kecia Brown

Christian Education Director (Co-Director) Sis. Kehla Ellis Image Christian Education Director (Co-Director) - Sis. Kehla Ellis

Sunday School Superintendent Mrs. Christine Johnson Image Sunday School Superintendent - Mrs. Christine Johnson


Mrs. Christine Johnson 
 Rev. Karen Robinson
Bro. Nicholas Lackey
Dr. Margaret Allen
Sis. Kehla Ellis
Mr. Kendrick Mayberry
 Bro. Samuel Allen
Rev. Kendall Williamson
Mrs. Shirley Hayden 


Men's Ministry
President- Jerry Hayden Jr. 


Women's Ministry
Rev. Karen Robinson 


Couple's Ministry
Jerry Jr. & Tueresa Hayden 


Senior's Ministry (Golden Agers)
Helen Gibbs
Shirley Hayden