Commission of Global Witness

Leadership

Commission Chair
Bishop Michael Leon Mitchell

The hand of God has been evident on the life of Bishop Michael Leon Mitchell since he was a young child. Born August 4, 1960, in Perry, Florida to the late Reverend Arthur L. Mitchell, Sr. and the late Mrs. Mary L. Mitchell, Michael is the ninth of their fifteen children.
Bishop Mitchell is a life-long member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, who was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a product of Duval County Public Schools. While in high school, He answered the call to the ministry and preached his trial sermon at age 17, on August 28, 1977 at New Saint James AME Church. Determined to achieve God’s purpose for his life, Bishop Mitchell began his ministerial training and study under the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was ordained an Itinerant Deacon in 1979 and an Itinerant Elder in 1981. His first pastoral assignment came in 1985 at the A.M.E. Church of the Master (Jacksonville, FL). He also pastored Mount Zion (Arcadia, FL), Saint Luke (Tampa, FL), and Martin Memorial (Miami, FL).
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In September 1992, Bishop Mitchell was chosen to succeed Bishop Robert V. Webster (retired) as pastor of Saint Stephen A.M.E. Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He served the congregation and community faithfully for 24 years before being elected and consecrated the 134th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, at the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Bishop Mitchell is married to Supervisor Cordelia D. Mitchell and they have two daughters, Courtney and Channing. They are blessed to be assigned as the Episcopal Leaders of the 12th Episcopal District of the AME Church, comprising the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma. They arrived in 2016 with the theme, “Lifting Christ, Loving the People and Leading the Church through Evangelism,” and have worked tirelessly to live by example of these words. Bishop Mitchell continued the legacy he began as a pastor, to build upon that which he found. He rendered direction to the leadership of the District to complete projects begun by his predecessors. The mortgage of the Episcopal Residence was liquidated, and construction of the 12th Episcopal District Headquarters (which also houses Jackson Theological Seminary) was completed within two years of his arrival.

Bishop Mitchell also became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jackson Theological Seminary and Shorter College in Little Rock, AR. He served as the President of the Council of Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2020-2021.

An anointed man of God whose concern for the people is not only spiritual, Bishop Mitchell is actively involved in the social, economic, and educational needs of the community. He was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas to serve on the Economic Recovery Task Force Committee. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shorter College and Jackson Theological Seminary. He serves as the First Vice President of Turner Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and is a member of the Interdenominational Theological Center Board of Trustees. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Bishop Mitchell graduated from Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio in 1982 and received a Master of Divinity Degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia in 1986. He received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 2012.

A true servant leader, Bishop Mitchell possesses a heart for the parish and the people, a mind for productivity and progress of God’s plan, and a spirit to powerfully proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

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The Reverend Dr. John Frank Green Executive Director Global Witness and Ministry African Methodist Episcopal Church

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Global Witness and Ministry, Dr. Green served as the President-Dean of Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) for thirteen years which broadened his leadership where student enrollment increased, particularly among distance learning students.  Improvements in the residential hall to enhance student life were made, such as: new computers installed in the computer lab with copier and printing capabilities; a forty-two inch television installed in the Jacob’s Student Lounge and Conference room; as well as the liquidation of the mortgage on the Bishop Frederick Hilborn Talbot Administration and Residential Hall.

In addition to serving as the President-Dean, he was the senior pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, FL for twelve years.  He completed twenty-four years of experience in the parish ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, primarily in the Eleventh Episcopal District.  During this tenure, he pastored Hurst Chapel AME Church, Orlando, FL; Hurst Chapel AME Church in Winter Haven, FL; and Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa, FL. His success in these charges resulted from the unabashed manner in which he demonstrates his skills as a servant leader. Since leaving the pulpit, he has served as Interim Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Vidalia, Georgia, and St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Columbus, Georgia.

A native of Kissimmee, FL, Dr. Green comes from a family of men in the ministry. He is the son of the late Reverend Henry E. and Mrs. Irene W. Green. His love for the African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of the legacy of his father, who served as a pastor and presiding elder in the Eleventh Episcopal District for forty years before his demise in 1991. Dr. Green has one sister who passed away in 2019, three male siblings who are distinctive spiritual warriors in the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His brothers are the Reverend Dr. Henry E. Green, Jr., Pastor of Mount Hermon AMEC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the 11th Episcopal District; the Right Reverend Samuel L. Green, Sr., Presiding Bishop of the 7th Episcopal District, and the Reverend Dr. David W. Green, Sr. is the Pastor of Saint Stephen AMEC, Jacksonville, Florida.

The Reverend Dr. Green, an intellectual and enthusiastic conversationalist, holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio); a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Turner Theological Seminary (Atlanta, Georgia); and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida). His concerns and innate willingness to serve have earned him numerous awards. In 2008, he was featured in the Tallahassee Community College Black History Calendar, recognized by the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP as a “Black Achiever,” and honored as a “Leadership Pacesetter” by Leadership Tallahassee of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

Working tirelessly to connect the church to the community, Dr. Green has staunchly promoted education and meaningful outreach programs. Under his leadership, the Bethel Community Development Corporation in Tallahassee constructed and sold fifty-two (52) homes to low-income families, at affordable prices, and made a remarkable improvement in the Bond Community residential area. The Life Recovery Center, an outreach program of Bethel AME Church, provided non-residential and residential treatment for approximately nine-hundred (900) substance abuse and chemically dependent clients. The Bethel Community Youth Programs Center has provided homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, test preparation, educational support and exposure, as well as cultural and personal enrichment activities for students and numerous volunteer hours and practicum experiences for students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, (FAMU), Florida State University (FSU) and Tallahassee Community College (TCC).

As a teacher, Dr. Green is energetic, dynamic, and thought provoking. He is well known as a teacher of pastors and an advocate for faith and order within the AME Church. Among these experiences he chaired the 11th Episcopal District Board of Examiners and was vice chair of the Florida Conference Board of Trustees. Dr. Green has been a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Connectional Strategic Planning Committee, the National Congress of Black Churches, the World Council of Methodist Churches, Edward Waters College Board of Trustees and National Council of Churches; and president of the Tallahassee Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Green’s innovation and creativity gave birth to the Isaac R. Clark, Sr. Clergy and Lay Conference and Henry McNeal Turner Hall of Fame as part of the celebration of Turner Theological Seminary Founders’ Observance. This event has sponsored outstanding preachers, lecturers, and practitioners from various church communions and academic institutions. As a result, clergy and lay have been inspired and equipped for ministry in the 21st Century.

Dr. Green has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the ITC, Ministry and Context, with an emphasis on Professional Readiness, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor, A.M.E. Polity, Candler School of Theology, and AME History and Polity, ITC. Understanding the challenge of African-American Churches residing in inner-city poor communities, Dr. Green authored the book, The Haves and Have-Nots: Guidelines for Leading Congregational Change and Economically Empowering Poor Communities.

John Frank Green is the husband of Phyllis McClendon Green, Episcopal Supervisor of the Seventh Episcopal District and the proud father of Courtney S. Green, a communications professional in Washington, D.C.

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