Presiding Bishop of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 131st Baccalaureate Convocation

Posted by lsuggs | 05/6/2013 10:57 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College is elated to announce presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Teresa E. Snorton as the keynote speaker at the 131st Baccalaureate Convocation.  The service will take place in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3 p.m.   Bishop Snorton is the first female bishop elected to serve in the history of the CME Church.

Bishop Snorton became the 59th bishop elected in the CME Church on June 30, 2010 in Mobile, Alabama.  She was assigned as the presiding bishop of the new Eleventh Episcopal District, which includes eleven countries in Central, Southern and East Africa.  On March 15, 2011 (after the passing of Bishop W.E. Lockett), Bishop Snorton was assigned to the Fifth Episcopal District, which includes the states of Alabama and Florida.

Bishop Snorton served as the Executive Director of the national Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. for twelve years prior to her election as bishop. Bishop Snorton is a certified ACPE Supervisor and a board certified chaplain. She is a former Executive Director of the Emory Center for Pastoral Services in Atlanta, Georgia.   She has taught at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, the Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Bishop Snorton is a fourth generation, life-long CME. Her great-grandfather, father and uncle were all CME pastors and her grandmother was an active missionary. Her two sisters are also CME ministers. As an ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, she was a former pastor in Kentucky, and an associate minister in CME churches in Virginia and Georgia.

Bishop Snorton has a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Bishop Snorton is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College and Chair of the CME Department of Lay Ministries.  She is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology, the CME Chaplains Commission, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Pan-Methodist Commission.  She is chair of the Family Life Committee of the World Methodist Council. Prior to her election as Bishop, she was a member of the CME Commission on the Concerns of Women in Ministry for eight years.

She is the author of several articles, chapters and books reviews on topics related to pastoral care and ministry.  Recent works include a co-edited work with Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multi-Cultural World (Fortress Press, 2009) and a chapter in Courageous Conversations: The Teaching and Learning of Pastoral Supervision (University Press of America, 2010).

Bishop Snorton has two adult sons and two grandchildren.

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Photo caption: Presiding Bishop, Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Teresa Elaine Snorton. Bishop Snorton will give the keynote address at the 131st Baccalaureate Convocation at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus of Paine College on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3 p.m.