Leadership

 

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors - Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.


Bishop of the Piedmont Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, George E. Battle, Jr. is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. A 1967 graduate of Clinton Jr. College in Rock Hill, South Carolina with an Associate Degree. A graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina with a B.A. degree. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary, also in Salisbury. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Clinton Jr. College, Hood Theological Seminary, Livingstone College, Queens College, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was elected a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1992, 84th in the line of succession. He presently serves the Piedmont Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church which includes the New York, New England, Western New York, and the Bahama Islands Conferences.

 

His pastorates include Mt. Vernon A. M. E. Zion Church, Center Grove A. M. E. Zion Church, and Emmanuel A. M. E. Zion Church which was a circuit in the South Carolina Conference from 1966-1969.

 

Foundation A. M. E. Zion Church and Tabernacle A. M. E. Zion Church a circuit in the South Carolina Conference from 1969-1973.

 

Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church in Lancaster, South Carolina of the Pee Dee Conference from 1973 - 1974. Greater Gethsemane A. M. E. Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina of the Western North Carolina Conference from 1974 - 1992.

 

Bishop Battle has made many professional achievements and has worked diligently serving his community. Some of his professional achievements are: CEO of the Battle Corporation; member, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Bank Board; member, Boy Scouts Advisory Board; member, Executive Board of the World Methodist Council; member, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Board; member, Board of Directors for Carolinas Healthcare System, serving as Chair of the Pension and Retirement Committee; member, Board of Directors for Carolinas Healthcare System Foundation; Chair of the Connectional Budget Board of the A. M. E. Zion Church; Vice Chair of the Overseas Missions Board of the A. M. E. Zion Church; member, Board of Visitors, Johnson C. Smith University; Trustee Board member of Central Piedmont Community College; member, Board of Trustees for Hood Theological Seminary; Vice Chair for the Livingstone College Board of Trustees; member, Executive Board for the Global Transpark Foundation, Inc. Bishop Battle also was a past member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board for 17 years (serving as Chair for 4 years).

 

His civic and community involvements include: Founder of the Greater (formerly known as the Gethsemane) Enrichment Program that received a national award for the best program of its kind utilizing Federal Funds (now in existence for over 35 years); Founding Committee Member of the Teen Health Connection; Founder/Member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Alliance for Public Schools; member, River Run Club; member, Leadership Breakfast Group in Charlotte, North Carolina; One of the Founders of the Urban League of Central Carolinas; organizer of the Biddleville Five Points Community, such as boy scouts which led to major improvements in housing, parks, sidewalks, etc.; member, National Association for the advancement of Colored People.

 

The Bishop is affiliated with the following organizations: Charlotte City Club; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Sigma Psi Phi; National School Board Association; State School Board Association; Christian Ministers Fellowship Association; and the National Council of Churches.

 

Bishop Battle has received numerous honors and awards during his outstanding career. He was recognized for exemplary service and dedication by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education; the Echo Award Against Indifference; the Razor Walker Award; recognized by the State Board of Community Colleges for service to the citizens of North Carolina; the Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership from Livingstone College; National Award for Meritorious Service from Livingstone College National Alumni; The Whitney M. Young Service Award for the Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America; Black Political Caucus Hall of Fame Award; the Clergy of the Year 2001 Award from the National OIC of America; the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor James Hunt of North Carolina; the Charlotte Post Man of the Year; National Conference of Christians and Jews; Charlotte Observer Thank You Award for years of service on the school board; recipient of the Sojourner Truth Award from the Ministers and Lay Association of the A. M. E. Zion Church; recipient of the 2012 Inaugural Good Scout Award.

 

He is married to the former Iris Miller and they have two children, son George, III who is married to Renita and daughter LaChandra who is married to Michael Rapley; four grand children Trey, Alex, Peyton, and Elias.