Bishop Dennis V. Proctor is a native of Buffalo, New York, and a graduate of the Syracuse, New York public school system. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) from Livingstone College, Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, a Clinical Pastoral Experience Diploma from Western Reserve Psychiatric Habilitation Center, a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University College of Law, and a Doctor of Ministry (Samuel D. Proctor/Otis Moss Fellow) from the United Theological Seminary. He was inducted into Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. He was honored by his Alma Mater to receive the Doctor of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary and Livingstone College. Bishop Proctor was a featured lecturer at the prestigious Hampton University“Outstanding Black Sermons Volume 4" Judson Press, and a contributing author in "Doing Church Vol.2" New Seasons Press.
He has served as a Fellow to Study the Presidency of the United States, a North Carolina Legislatives Office, Lt. Governor of American Bar Association Law Student Division, President of The Ohio State University Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus. He is the Founding President of the Congress of National Black Churches, BaltimoreAffiliates Connectional Budget Board, Overseas Missionsauthored Christians Under Construction.
Bishop Dennis V. Proctor has held three pastorates: St. James AME. Zion Church in Massillon,Ohio, where he led the congregation in the building of a new church and purchased a parsonage. His second pastorate was the St. Luke AME Zion Church of Wilmington, North Carolina. There he led the congregation in remodeling the church, purchasing a new parsonage and commissioning a life size mural. His last pastorate was the historic Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Remodeling the facility, acquiring additional property, creating a full-time ministerial staff and implementing over twenty ministry areas are among his many
accomplishments there. Each of his pastoral appointments accepted the challenge of technological development and biblical stewardship as a means of financing the work of Kingdom building.
In Atlanta, Georgia, during the 48th Quadrennial Session of the AME Zion General Conference, the Reverend Dr. Dennis V. Proctor was elected by the world church and consecrated the 97th Bishop in succession of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and assigned to the Western Episcopal District. He is a fifth generation preacher and the son of the late Reverend Emory C. and Rosie T. Proctor. He is married to the former Deborah Diane Wilson, and they are now officially empty nesters!
Mrs. Deborah Diane Wilson Proctor is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and a graduate of the Greenville County Public School System. Mrs. Proctor received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Intermediate Education (Cum Laude) from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, and a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in Guidance and Counseling.
Mrs. Proctor is a consecrated Deaconess of the AME Zion Church and was elected 1st Vice President of the AME. Zion Church Ministers’ Spouses and Widow(ers) Fellowship. She served the Baltimore District as President of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society and Coordinator of the Young Adult Missionary Society (YAMS). She coordinated the Philadelphia and Baltimore Conference Cultural Arts Ministry and served as the Coordinator/Teacher for the Spiritual Gifts Class at the Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church, Baltimore, Maryland. She managed the Begin-Anew After School Program in Wilmington, North Carolina and was the first appointed Akron District, Ohio Conference, Young Adult Missionary Society (YAMS) Coordinator.
She has taught and counseled in the elementary school systems in Ohio and was employed as the Director of Admissions for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. Mrs. Proctor was the Coordinator of the Parallel Enrollment Program/Admissions Counselor for The CommunityCollege of Baltimore County. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Mrs. D. Diane Proctor is married to the Right Reverend Dennis V. Proctor. 2008 -2012. They served as Bishop and Missionary Supervisor of The Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon-Washington and Southwest Rocky Mountain Conferences. In 2012, at the 49th Session of the African Methodist Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Quadrennial Convention, they were assigned to the Alabama/Florida Episcopal District.