Bishop Eric Leake

A.M.E. Zion Church
Southwestern Delta Episcopal District

Speaker

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Bishop Eric Leake

Biography

Bishop Eric Leake was born August 11, 1963, in Troy, North Carolina, and reared in Mount Gilead, NC. He is married to the lovely Jean McMurray Leake. They have four beautiful children, a son-in-law, and two grandsons: one daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law Catrell; and three sons, Joshua, Caleb, and Elijah; grandsons, Jeremiah and Cayden. Reverend Leake is guided by the Holy Spirit to live a life of Wisdom and Obedience to God. He is a family man and enjoys cooking, walking, traveling, gardening, basketball games, and writing in his free time.

Bishop Leake’s ministerial background dates back to when he preached his first sermon at the age of 21 at the McAuley Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Mount Gilead, NC. Since then he has served the church and community through several pastorates and administrative roles within the AME Zion denomination. He presently serves as the Pastor of Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Chicago, IL. He is also currently the President and CEO of the Martin Temple Community Foundation in Chicago and the Prayer Coordinator and Director of Evangelism for the Midwest Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church. Reverend Leake published a workbook on the Seven Steps (components) to Church Renewal which outlines the methods and means for revitalizing dying congregations, especially in mainstream denominations.

Bishop Leake boasts a very accomplished educational background. He received an Associates Degree in Applied Science in 1985 from Montgomery Community College in Troy, NC, and did further studies at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in 1990. In 1995 he earned the Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC, and in December of 2004, he completed requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Bishop Leake’s dissertation project was entitled “Spiritually Intentional Disciples: Praying and Growing in Phases in the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church”. He recently turned the dissertation project into a book entitled Praying on Purpose: Intentional Growth Through Prayer (Xulon Press, 2013). God continues to equip Bishop Leake for ministry to advance the Kingdom of God by “Launching Out Into the Deep: Bringing People In, Growing People Up, and Sending People Out.”

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