Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr.
Adam J. Richardson, Jr. was elected and consecrated the 115th Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1996 at Louisville, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 14th Episcopal District which includes six countries in West Africa. In the 2000 – 2004 quadrennial, he served as chair of the Lay Commission, member of the World Methodist Council, and as the Presiding Bishop of the 19th Episcopal District with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2002, Bishop Richardson served as President of the Council of Bishops. He is now the proud Episcopal leader of the Second Episcopal District which includes North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. For the second time, he chairs the Commission on Seminaries, Universities, Colleges and Schools (formerly the Commission on Higher Education) of the A. M. E. Church.