General Conference June 2022 the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will elect bishops in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Clarence Kelby Heath (CKHeath) is over 52 years old with 30 years of preaching and 27 years of pastoring experience in the CME Church.
He is married to Lakisha for 27 years with two sons. He has a passion for preparing leaders for this season of ministry.
His focus, integrity, and spiritual gifts will help ministers, families, laity,
young adults, young people, and local churches.
"I bring a renewed vision, energy,
and effective change as we work together. With God
guiding my path along with your prayers, support, and vote
we can make positive and needed changes for the 21st Century."
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4349 Mountain Crest Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76123
When we think of church decline, it causes me to think about vision. The scripture states that "where there is no vision the people perish." Ministry and membership decline is a major issue across the church that leaders should address. What is the vision for your ministry? I am a visionary leader who believes that vision brings life to difficult situations.
You may, or may not believe it, but every person has an opportunity and options to serve. There is a place at the table for individuals of various personalities, ages, abilities, etc. to participate in the kingdom of God. Prudent leaders seek and work to point out ways and means of helping people to participate and have a sense of ministry fulfillment.
No individual is successful alone. Ministry always involves a number of persons working together to fulfill the mission. The mission is always discipleship. Discipleship takes unique forms in every setting. When individuals foster working together toward common goals, the burden of ministry is less and ministry accomplishments are higher.
A healthy leadership attribute is to work toward efficiency that leads to ministry effectiveness. A leader must be a good steward when it comes to membership, ministry, and money. My ministry has been consistent with working with members, developing ministries, and using best practices when it comes to administration. When a ministry is effective, it reflects vision, opportunity, and teamwork.
General Biography About Clarence Kelby Heath
C.K.Heath was born June 16, 1968 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Clarence Melvin and Doris Ragin Heath. He is one of five siblings (Yolanda, Melvina, Melanie, and Melvin). He grew up in Woodbury, Georgia of Meriwhether County and graduated from Woodbury High School "Mighty War Eagles" Class of 1986. Dr. Heath recalls as early as age 3 and 4 his love for God and church starting at Brinson Chapel CME of Greenville, Georgia. His childhood years were also shared at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Missionary Church of Woodbury, Georgia. While a student at Augusta College located in Augusta, Georgia, God lead him to Trinity CME Church where he served as an active young adult member. He married his college sweetheart Lakisha Young. They were married in Mother Trinity CME Church on April 23, 1994. They have two sons: Cornelius Kelby and Caleb David Heath.
Although he experienced his call to preach as a child, he would answer the call to ministry at the Georgia Leadership School on the campus of Paine College in June 1991. He was licensed to preach at Trinity CME Church where he worked with youth, a young adult choir member, and teacher for VBS. He was ordained deacon (1994) and ordained elder (1995) in the Georgia Annual Conference. As a minister in Full Connection, he pastored Jones Tabernacle CME of Macon, Georgia (6th) 1994-1996; Bethel CME of Sarasota, Florida (5th) 1996-2004; Thirgood Memorial CME of Birmingham, Alabama (5th) 2004-2008; Central Metropolitan CME of Jacksonville, Florida (5th) 2008-2011; Greenwood CME of Memphis, Tennessee (1st) 2011-2014; and Carter Metropolitan CME of Fort Worth, Texas (8th) 2014-Present--where he is grateful to serve as pastor.
He served as District Director of Board of Christian Education on Miami-Tampa District, Florida Annual Conference Treasurer of Empowerment Committee, Florida and Birmingham Annual Conference Statistician, Florida, Birmingham, and Dallas Fort Worth/Northwest Texas Region Committee on Ministerial Examination, Florida and Dallas Fort Worth Annual Conference Joint Board, West Tennessee Region Annual Conference Secretary, Florida Annual Conference Correspondent, and Fifth Episcopal District Prayer Coordinator. On the General and Connectional levels of church, he has served on the Commission on Life and Witness, Commission on Archives and History, Commission on Compilation, Commission on Connectional Budget, and Committee on Itinerancy. He served as a General Conference Alternate Delegate (1998, 2002), and Delegate (2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018). He has been a member of National Clergy and Lay Association, and the World Methodist Council Order of the Flame. He has been Dean of the Eighth Episcopal District Leadership Training Institute for several years. Pastor Heath has also served on various coordination and host committees for General Conference, National Convocations/Unity Summit, Annual Conference , and District meetings.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration-Management (1992) and Commissioned Army Officer Senior R.O.T.C. (1990) at Augusta College (now Augusta University). His military service included Army National Guard and Reserves in Infantry (11B) and Mechanized Infantry (11M) 1986-1990. He completed Army Chaplaincy School (1995) at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. After several years of service as a guardsman, he resigned his commission (honorable discharged) to serve as a pastor. He earned a Master of Divinity (Theology) and Master of Arts in Christian Education (1996) at Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He furthered his education with Postgraduate studies in Psychology and Counseling at University of Sarasota. He earned a Doctorate of Theology (Dissertation: Christian Leadership: An Introduction and Emphasis on Guardianship as a Practical Role in Church) at the International Theological Seminary (2016). Recently, he was blessed to graduate from Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2020.
He has served in various communities as a school teacher, little league basketball coach, and mentor for the Urban League. He has promoted school partnerships, One Church One School, and developed summer school programs for a number of communities. He has served as a member of NAACP, member of Memphis CME Minister's Alliance, co-organizer of Sarasota United Religious Equality (S.U.R.E.), co-organizer of Fort Hill Congregational Fellowship, Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance of Fort Worth, Coordinator/Facilitator of Nurturing Dads Initiative, Board member of Housing Management, and Board member of Tarrant Churches Together. Presently, he serves as the president of Phillips School of Theology Alumni Association.
He has developed and hosted a number of men and women retreats/conferences since the 1990s. He has been an advocate for social justice through a number of forums and community collaborations. A number of men and women have answered their call to ministry under his leadership. Freedom School efforts focus on children K-5 with all paid positions filled by young adults. He has written articles for The Christian Index consistently over twenty years and authored three books. He enjoys spending time with his wife, sons, family, and serving with the members of the church and their families, traveling and writing, studying and reading books. He also enjoys personal devotion, physical fitness, movies, and sports.
*I thank the Lord for calling me to preach the gospel. I am appreciative to my parents, wife, sons, mentors, sisters and brother; and all the men, women, and young people that have invested in my life. I give God all the praise!
THE HEATH FAMILY
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