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The Alabama-Florida Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Episcopal Headquarters
808 South Lawrence Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-5055
334-269-6365 | 334-269-6369


Episcopal Leadership

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.