LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The new bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was honored in a reception Thursday night at the University of Louisville.
Delegates to the denomination’s 38th General Conference in Baltimore elected Dr. Charles J. King Jr., the former pastor of Louisville’s historic Brown Memorial CME Church, this month.
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Throughout the year, King will be traveling, but said he plans to keep his Louisville residency. His travels will include a visit to Africa to minister to his new constituents. King also said he will meet regularly with local pastors and oversee special projects and philanthropic efforts in the 11th District, according to a press release sent out this week by Project One, a local organization dedicated to finding jobs for at-risk youth of which King is president and CEO.
King has served his denomination as presiding elder of the CME's 2nd Episcopal District. He has pastored churches in Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Ohio; Indiana and Kentucky.
King was born in Georgia but boasts significant community and civic involvement in Louisville. His work has impacted, among others, the local Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Louisville Urban League, the Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the University of Louisville, Spalding University, the Norton Healthcare Foundation, the Gheens Foundation, Kosair Charities, Cralle Foundation, Toyota, The PNC Foundation, Brown Forman, the LG&E Foundation and the NAACP.
The ceremony to recognize King was held at the at UofL's University Club on East Brandeis Avenue.
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