The Rev. Dr. J. Arthur Rumph, pastor of Grant AME Church Los Angeles, will begin the journey to the 2016 African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference election for bishop with a kickoff Worship Service and Gala Reception on Sunday, February 22, 2015, Grant Church at 4:00 p.m.  Bishop T. Larry Kirkland is the keynote speaker.  A pre-concert featuring Cellist A. J. Fanning and the String Players will begin at 3:30.  The public is invited to attend.

The election for bishop will take place at the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference in July 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the historic birthplace of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. Rumph has prepared himself for episcopal service with more than 35 years as a pastor in the AME Church and with his involvement in organizing, networking, and mobilizing religious communities and civic organizations.  He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Turner Theological Seminary, Interdenominational Theological (ITC) Center, Atlanta, Georgia and Doctor of Ministry degree from the Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Rumph stands firmly on the foundation of the AME church and is committed to continue the legacy by working to “UPGRADE” the work of the church.  He believes every local church in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church can perform at significantly higher levels through clergy and laity working together to provide strong, sober, visionary leadership centered upon the five marks of the AME Church:  discipline, itinerancy, connectionalism, catholicity, and history.

For more information contact the Grant Church office at 323-564-1151.