Bishop Seth O. Lartey, Presiding Prelate
Bishop Seth O. Lartey is a
1976 graduate of the A.M.E. Zion Academy, Monrovia, Liberia and the Liberian
Baptist Theological Seminary, 1980 with a B.Th. degree. He received a B.A.
degree in Intermediate Education from Livingstone College, Salisbury, North
Carolina in 1987. He’s a graduate of the School of Divinity at Duke University
where he received a Master’s degree in Religious Education. He received his
D.Min. degree in 2003 from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Bishop
Lartey has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors among them, Who’s
Who In American Colleges and Universities, Presidential Scholar, NAACP
Presidential Award and the State of NC NAACP Man of the Year Award.
His pastorates began with St.
Matthais AME Zion Church (West Africa) 1980-82. He moved to St. John AME Zion,
Wilson, NC as Associate Pastor 1983-85. He was made Interim Pastor at Trinity
AME Zion Church in Wilson in 1985. Later in 1985 he was made Pastor at
Invitation AME Zion Church in Snow Hill, NC 1985-1987. He was moved to Mt. zion
AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown, NC 1987-1992. In 1992 he was moved to Goler
Memorial AME Zion in Winston-Salem, NC where he would remain for 20 years.
Bishop Lartey was elevated to the episcopacy from Goler Memorial A.M.E. Zion
Church as the 100th bishop in succession.
Bishop Lartey is the Founder and
President of the Goler Institute for Development and Education, Inc. He is also
Founder and President of the Goler Community Development Corporation Inc.
Bishop Lartey is Chaplain at the Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. He serves on numerous boards including Camp Dorothy Walls Conference
and Retreat Center Board of Directors and the Brotherhood Pension Board of the
A.M.E. Zion Church. He is married to
the former Jacqueline I. Williams and the parents of three children.
Mrs. Jacqueline I. Williams-Lartey, Missionary Supervisor
Mrs. Jacqueline I. Williams-Lartey was
born in Elm City, North Carolina (Wilson County). She is the sixth child of
nine children. She is a graduate of Ralph L. Fike Senior High School in Wilson,
North Carolina and a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North
Carolina with a degree in Accounting / Business Administration.
Mrs. Lartey is married to the
Right Reverend Dr. Seth O. Lartey and they are the proud parents of three
beautiful children, Solomon, Victoria and Alicia. She served with her
husband in the Western West Africa Episcopal District. Mrs. Lartey is very much
involved in the work of mission. Because of her involvement and dedication to
the empowerment of women and the education of children in Africa, two schools
(Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire) were named in her honor.
She is a member of the Board of
Directors for the Janie A. Speaks Hospital in Afrancho, Ghana. In 2012,
Mrs. Lartey was enstooled as Queen Mother in Ghana.
Mrs. Lartey has served on many boards and
organizations. She is a member/officer of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. For 18
years, Co-founder and Administrative Officer of the Goler Institute for
Development and Education, Inc. (G.I.D.E. Inc.,), Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. Throughout her life, Mrs. Lartey has worked tirelessly with her
husband (Seth), in creating programs/organizations whose primary goals have
been to assist children and youth; and to prepare them for a promising,
successful and productive future.
In partnership with her husband
(Seth), they organized Operation Will Power, Inc. This organization caters to
children and youth to help build character, apply ethical standards and moral
values. The children/youth are taught to become and remain free of violence,
drugs, illegal guns and free from jail/prison.
Mrs. Lartey enjoys being involved
in various activities and other organizations as time permits.