Third Episcopal District Leadership

Presiding Prelate


Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr., is the last of three children born to the late Edward and Georgiana Williams. Growing up in a small rural town in Hale County, Alabama, Bishop Williams was surrounded by a loving family who taught him values such as respect and caring for each other, honoring your word, being responsible, but more importantly to love the Lord. As he watched his family, particularly his mother and father, display these values, he became more keenly aware of his calling and how God had partnered with them to shape him for ministry.



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First Lady and Episcopal Liaison


Carmen E. Leonard Williams was born in Mobile, AL.  She is the older of two daughters born to John W. and Ellen Leonard of Daphne, AL.  After graduating from Fairhope High School, she matriculated at The University of Alabama where she received a B.S. in elementary education.  Subsequently, she obtained a Master’s Degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Mrs. Williams has educated students with love in the states of Alabama, Florida and Illinois for over 25 years.


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Presiding Elder, Kansas District


Reverend Anthony Curtis Hill is the Presiding Elder of the Kansas District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Reverend Hill was licensed to preach in the CME Church in 1993. He was ordained Local Deacon in 1995, Traveling Elder in 1997, and received into Full Connection in 1999. He has pastored the Saint James CME Church, Leavenworth, KS, Wesley Chapel CME Church, Coffeyville, KS, Escue Chapel CME Church, Larned, KS and St. Luke CME Church in Denver, CO.  He currently serves as the pastor of the Cleaves Memorial CME Church in Denver, CO.


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Presiding Elder, Missouri District


Rev. Dr.  Patricia A. Havis is the Presiding Elder of the Missouri District. She concurrently serves as Pastor of St. Luke CME Church in Champaign, Illinois. She is a native of Chicago. She believes that she ought to serve the Lord with gladness and her ministry is evidence of that.  Dr. Havis has a proven track record of revitalizing ministries, growing churches and leading church renewal.  She was called to ministry at the age of six, but did not accept her call to ministry until the middle passage of her life under Bishop Henry Williamson, then pastor of Carter Temple CME in Chicago in 1999. She has been featured in the media for advocating ministry, preaching and Behavioral Healthcare.  


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Presiding Elder, Detroit and Mid-Michigan Districts


Rev. Dr. Phillip D. Washington is currently serving as Presiding Elder of the Detroit and Mid-Michigan Districts, of the Third Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. is the Presiding Prelate. He serves as the Episcopal Program Director of the Third Episcopal District.  He is the vice chair of the Christian Education Department of the CME church.  He is a former board member of the Personnel Services of the Christian Methodist Church and is the former chair of the joint board of finance of the Michigan-Indiana Region.  In 2013/14 conference year Dr. Washington led the St. James CME Church (Flint) congregation in financial stability s they prepared to renovate the St. James Church. 


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Presiding Elder, Gary District


Rev. Dr. Curlee L. Adams is a product of the Chicago public school system and the Chicago housing projects.  He is a graduate of Dunbar Vocational High School and holds a BA Degree from Northeastern Illinois University and a Paralegal Certification from Roosevelt University. In October of 2004, he accepted his call to the ministry at Carter Temple CME Church.  Feeling the need to prepare himself further, he enrolled into Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University, where in May of 2009 he graduated with his Master of Divinity Degree and received his Doctor of Ministry degree in May of 2019. 


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Presiding Elder, Chicago District


Rev. Karen Walker-McClure is the Presiding Elder of the Chicago District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the proud pastor of Murchison-Isom C.M.E.Church. She is a native of Chicago, IL and the 5thof 6 children born to Floyd (deceased) and Sadie Walker.In 1997,she accepted her call to preach and was ordained a Deacon at the 2002 Southeast MO, IL & WI Annual Conference.


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Presiding Elder, Milwaukee District


Reverend Dockery is the Presiding Elder of the Milwaukee District of the Southeast, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin Region and Pastor of Bethel C.M.E. Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His personal motto and theme for ministry is “ Our best for His Glory “.


He was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina to Mr. Willie F. Dockery, Sr. and Mrs. Fannie L. Dockery, (both deceased). 


He is married to ReverendAnnie B. Dockery and they are the proud parents of Minister Chanda L. Dockery, Mrs. Alicia R. Thomas and Jasmine J. Dockery. They are the proud grandparents of one grandson,Christian Xavier Dockery and one granddaughter Annie Rene Thomas.


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Presiding Elder, St. Louis District


Rev. Janci Finkley is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.  He is the eldest son of Brenda and James Finkley.   Upon graduating from Phillips High School of Birmingham, he attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.  At Alcorn, he lettered in football and received numerous awards.  It was also there in Lorman, Rev. Finkley accepted his call to ministry in 1991.  He was assigned to West Princeton CME Church of Birmingham by Bishop Bass in 1994.  As a bi-vocational pastor, he served several congregations.



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