Hundreds of backers filled the sanctuary of Bethel A.M.E. Church for the Calloway for Bishop Kick-off Worship Service on January 26.
The God-praising program officially launched the 2016 episcopal campaign of the Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway, Sr., pastor of Bethel A.M.E. – Los Angeles.
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr., presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, proclaimed his endorsement of Dr. Calloway, along with several A.M.E. ministers.
Pastor Carolyn Baskin-Bell of Rose of Sharon A.M.E. Church said, “Dr. Kelvin Calloway has demonstrated competencies as a leader, pastor, teacher, and community involvement. We thank God for the spirit that he has for the people.”
“Dr. Calloway brings homespun wisdom and mother wit from Creola, Alabama, and he melds it with the sophisticated, 21st century ministry developed in Southern California,” noted Pastor John E. Cager of Second A.M.E. Church.
“He bridges the gap in our church between historical roots and our future. We need people with his training, his dedication, and his integrity.”
Pastor Harold Mayberry of First A.M.E. Church in Oakland declared, “I’m here to support Dr. Calloway because in African Methodism, we look for the best and the brightest to lead the church.
“Dr. Calloway comes with tremendous credentials and a tremendous background in pastoral leadership. I believe a good pastor makes a good bishop, therefore, I support Dr. Calloway.”
Pastor J. Edgar Boyd of First A.M.E. Church – LA explained, “We’re gathering here today to give our support, blessings and tangible resources to help Dr. Calloway rise to the office of bishop in the A.M.E. Church.”
In response, Dr. Calloway said, “I appreciate the support. Many of them have been friends for years and they know the kind of person I am. I thank God for their friendship and I thank God for the professional relationships we’ve had and the seriousness in which we approach ministry.”
He added that clergy and laity, regardless of denomination, are welcome to participate in the campaign. For information, visit allthewaywithcalloway.com.