Bishop Paul A. Stewart, Sr.
was elected the 50th Bishop of the Christian
Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church on July 1,
1998, in the Thirty-Third Quadrennial Session
and the Thirty-Forth General Conference meeting
in Birmingham, Alabama.
Bishop Stewart was born June 21, 1941 in
Baldwyn, Mississippi, the youngest of six
children born to the late Mr. Leroy and Ms.
Bessie Agnew Stewart. He was educated in the
elementary and secondary schools of Baldwyn.
Believing strongly in the value of education,
his quest for knowledge led him as follows:
Mississippi Industrial College, Holy
Springs, Mississippi, 1961
Master of Divinity Degree, Phillips School
of Theology of the Interdenominational
Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling,
University of Mississippi, Oxford,
Graduate of the United States Military
Academy for Chaplains, Staten Island, New
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Training
for Ministers, Fort Hood, Texas, 1977
Training courses for ministering to cancer
patients, University of Alabama, 1980
Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Reed
School of Religion, Los Angeles, CA, 1996
Doctorate of Humane Letters from Miles
College, Birmingham, AL, May, 2002.
The Ministry of Bishop Stewart in the C.M.E.
Church has been extensive. He has served
faithfully as a local pastor of C.M.E.
congregations and has been recognized as a
gifted counselor, educator and administrator at
institutions across the United States:
Guntown C.M.E. Church, Mississippi Circuit
Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church, Augusta,
Holsey Temple and Mt. Sinai, Rome, Georgia,
Bethel Crowley C.M.E. Church, Louisiana,
Dyer Chapel C.M.E. Church, West Monroe,
Dean of Chapel and Instructor of Religion at
Mississippi Industrial College, Holly
Springs, Mississippi and Pastor of Anderson
Chaplain in the United States Army, with the
rank of Captain from 1975-1977 and granted
with the Outstanding Achievement Award of
Counseling Soldiers who were under stress
Dean of Students at Miles College,
Birmingham, Alabama, 1977-1982 and also
pastored Miles Chapel, Reform, Alabama and
Porter-St. Paul, Northport, Alabama during
Pastored Russell Memorial, Durham, North
Carolina 1982-1988 where more than 300
members were added to the church and five
programs funded during his tenure.
Pastored Phillips Temple, Los Angeles,
California, 1988-1998, from which he was
elected Bishop. Four funded ministries were
added to the Church, a Hispanic Ministry was
organized and developed, and the Feeding
Ministry was expanded extensively. More than
200 members were added to the church.
Served as the Presiding Elder of the Los
Angeles/San Diego District in 1998
Throughout his ministry Bishop Stewart has been
an active participant in community, ecumenical,
civic, social and civil rights affairs. He has
worked extensively with the NAACP; served on the
NAACP Executive Board of Durham, North Carolina;
Former president of the Interdenominational
Ministerial Alliance of Durham, North Carolina
and Vicinity; Former President of the Los
Angeles Council of Churches for six years;
Former Co-Chairperson of the Southern California
Organizing Committee of the Industrial Area
Foundation; Former member of the Board of
Trustees and Chairperson of the Joint Board of
Finance of the Southern California Conference of
the C.M.E. Church; Former member of the
Coordinating Council of Hope in Youth Gang
Prevention Program of Los Angeles, California.
Bishop Stewart is married to the former M.
Earline Gardner. They are the parents of three
children: Gloria Jean Stewart-Wicks, an
elementary education teacher, Greenville,
Mississippi School System; Paul Jr., an Engineer
for the County of Los Angeles and Shinar LaDonna
Stewart-Parnell, an elementary school teacher,
Los Angeles, California. They are proudly
parents-in-law of Mr. Dana Parnell and Reverend
Thomas Wicks. The Stewarts are
grandparents to two precious grandchildren.
Upon his election and consecration in 1998 in
the Thirty-Third Quadrennial Session and
Thirty-Forth General Conference meeting
Birmingham, Alabama, Bishop Stewart was assigned
to the Fifth Episcopal District, comprising the
states of Alabama and Florida.
the Thirty-Forth Quadrennial Session and
Thirty-Fifth General Conference of the CME
Church in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29 - July 7,
2002, Bishop Stewart was assigned to the Third
the Presiding Bishop of the Third Episcopal
District, Bishop Stewart serves as the
"Spiritual Leader" of the Southeast Missouri,
Illinois & Wisconsin Region, the
Michigan-Indiana Region and the Kansas-Missouri
Region with churches in ten Midwestern states.
Bishop Stewart is the Chaplaincy Endorsing Agent
for the CME Church; Chairman, Board of Trustees,
Phillips School of Theology, Atlanta, GA; Vice
Chairperson for the Board of Trustees of Miles
College, Birmingham, AL; and Advisory
Board Member, Institute of Church Administration
and Management (ICAM).