Bishop Wallace Edward Lockett served as the presiding bishop of the 5th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. Bishop Lockett was born on March 5, 1945. He attended the Richard J. Murray High School, Saint Augustine, Florida, Florida A & M University, University of Arizona, Ohio State University, Newburgh Theological Seminary, and the University of Phoenix. He earned a Master of Arts in Church Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and received an honorary Doctorate degree. He served as an itinerate minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church from 1966 to 2010. He was licensed to preach at Phillips Chapel CME Church in Tucson, Arizona, while serving in the United States Air Force. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, his license was renewed at Carter Tabernacle CME Church in Orlando, Florida. He was ordained Deacon and Elder in the Florida Annual Conference by Bishop Elijah P. Murchison. His pastorates have included Friendship CME in Tavares, Florida, Holsey Temple CME in Tampa, Florida; Williams Temple CME in Richmond, Virginia; Stewart Memorial CME in Columbus, Ohio; Kirkwood Temple CME in Dallas Texas; and Long Chapel CME in Lufkin, Texas.
At the time of his election to the episcopacy, he was the pastor of the Metropolitan CME Church in Houston, Texas where he served for 26 years. During his tenure at Metropolitan, more than 45 ministries were developed, including partnering with Pro-Vision, a charter middle school for males. He served as President and CEO of Metropolitan Community Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). He also led the congregation in building a 7.5 million dollar state-of-the art worship and ministry facility. A pioneer in Houston's community economic development community, Bishop Lockett presided over the Board of Directors of a successful community-based development corporation, Sunnyside-Up Inc., specializing in substantial rehabilitation of both single and multifamily housing utilizing a variety of complex housing finance strategies from public and private sources.
While actively involved in church, community, and for profit enterprises, Bishop Lockett also excelled in civic and political involvement. He served on the Texas College Board of Trustees, (Tyler, Texas). He has served as a member of the "Ministers Advisory Council" to Mayors Kathy Whitmire, Robert Lanier, Lee P. Brown, and Bill White. Bishop Lockett was also the past president of the Texas State Legal Services Support Center (Austin, Texas), Board Member for the Deep East Texas Council of Government (DETCOG), and past president of the Lufkin Branch of the NAACP in Lufkin, Texas.
Rev. Lockett served his country as a member of the United States Air Force, where he was a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and team member, working with the Titan II ICB Missile System. Bishop Lockett was the former President and principal shareholder of Century Forest Industries, a railroad crosstie creosote treating plant located in Lufkin, Texas. For the past ten years, Rev. Lockett and his business partner, Dr. Gideon Adjei (a native Ghanaian), have been involved in developing their Ghana, West Africa for-profit company, Crystal Horizon Investment (Ghana) Ltd.
Bishop Wallace Edward Lockett was elected the 57th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on June 30th, 2010. Bishop Lockett served as Chairman of the Miles College Trustee Board and the Patron Bishop of the Ministry to Men Department of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elder Lester Lockett and Marietta Lockett-Saul; sister Mary Davis-Baldwin; and brothers Henry Lee Lockett and Lester Lockett, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lillie; children, Dwayne Demetrius (Brenda), Vernon Dale (Carmen), and Nicole Tonita, and one adopted daughter, Donna; five grandchildren, Dominique Price, DeLisa Williams, Christian Lockett, Alexis Lockett, and Brandon Lockett; an aunt, Mae Nora White; uncle, Howard Davis (Willie Mae); and stepmother-in-law Bernadine Brown; six siblings, Elijah Davis (Evelyn), Emma Jones (Danny Lee), Pearl Davis-Edwards, Willie Carl Davis (Endolyn) and Allie Blaylock; sisters-in-law Lula Mae Williams (Rev. Raymond Williams), Ida Brown (Clifton), Alberta Brown, Beverly Hall (John), and Shonda Goodman (Steven); brothers-in-law, Nathaniel Brown, James Brown (Marie), Kenneth Stevens (Evelyn), Edward Brown (Barbara), Ernest Brown (Judy), John Brown, and Dexter Brown, and a multitude of family and friends .
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 13, 2011