Bishop McKinley YOUNG
1944 - 2019
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YOUNG, Bishop McKinley It is with tremendous sadness that the devoted family of Bishop McKinley Young, 74, announces his passing on January 16, 2019. Bishop Young was born November 10, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia; he was the son of the parsonage and a product of the Public Schools of Atlanta. He received degrees from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia; Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois. He holds honorary Doctorates from six institutions of Higher Education. He pastored churches in Providence, Rhode Island, Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia. In 1992 Bishop Young was elected and consecrated the 109th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Bishop Young served as the presiding prelate of the 15th Episcopal District in Southern Africa where he led in the Centennial Celebration of African Methodism. Bishop Young provided leadership in the Ecumenical Community for over 40 years. From 1996-2000 Bishop Young served as the Ecumenical and Urban Affairs Officer for the AME Church. Where ever he served, Bishop Young's focus was on Christian Education, Ministerial Education, and Continuing Education for Lay and Clergy. Throughout his five decades of ministry, Bishop Young was an advocate for social justice, and civil rights, with an emphasis on voting rights. As a lifelong learner, Bishop Young was dedicated to higher education and served as Chair of the Board for Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas and Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida. At the time of his passing, Bishop McKinley Young served as the presiding Bishop of the Third Episcopal District as well as the Chancellor of Wilberforce University, and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. In 2016at the 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the AME Church, Bishop McKinley Young was elevated to the office of Senior Bishop. Bishop Young is survived by his wife Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, his children Karyn (Ron) Young- Lowe, Deana (Julius) McAllister, Jr., Andrea (Roderick) Jones and Stephanie Lynn Young, and his grandchildren Jennifer Renee and Jessica Christine Lowe, Julius Harrison III, Colin McKinley Young, Dylan David Jeremiah McAllister, Peyton Leigh, Noah Parker, and Miles Owen Jones, two brothers Lonnie H. Young and Rev. Roland Young. Services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Wilberforce University. Bishop Young will Lie in State from 9:30a.m. until The Celebration of Life at 11:00a.m. at Wilberforce University Alumni Multiplex on the campus of Wilberforce University,1055 N. Bickett Road, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384 at 11:00 a.m. Final services will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Big Bethel AME Church 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 at 11:00 a.m. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Omega Ceremony Service and visitation will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Big Bethel AME Church. In lieu of flowers and because of Bishop Young's ongoing support of education, the family requests that donations be made to Wilberforce University in honor of Bishop McKinley Young. Please make remembrance donations payable to Wilberforce University to be mailed to: Third Episcopal District AME Church, 112 Jefferson Avenue, #5 Columbus, Ohio 43215. Please designate the check as payable to: Bishop and Mrs. McKinley Young Scholarship Fund or Fund #: 51009 3307-5303-60. Make online donations to Wilberforce University at the following link: Ohio services are entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST 5456 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Georgia Services entrusted to GREGORY B. LEVETT & SONS FUNERAL HOME, SOUTH DEKALB CHAPEL 4347 Flat Shoals, Decatur, GA. The internment will follow the service in Atlanta, Georgia, at Southview Cemetery, 1990 Jonesboro Road, S.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30315. To offer condolences to The Young Family, visit or

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23, 2019.
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September 10, 2020
I thank God for you. You opened so many doors for me and others. Rest in heaven.
Chaplain Cherrye Bess-Branch
May 6, 2019
My favorite scripture is Isaiah 32:18. We long for the time when death is no more and peace will preside over the earth. My thoughts and prayers are with the family both now, and forever.
May 3, 2019
Bishop Young instructed me -"No matter what be yourself and do it the way of The Lord first and foremost. Not to be in fear of standing along". I do!
I had the pleasure of having him as my radio guest with Congressman John Lewis, who met thru Dorothy I Height-NCNW. Encouraging prayer for the success of Tea and Honey with Dr.Gwen. WERE 1490AM. Thursdays 5-6PM. Bishop became my earthly spiritual leader by design. So funny when I first had a conversation with bishop, I gifted him a purple rice healing pad not knowing that his color was purple. He asked me if I was trying to get on his good side. We laughed. From that time forw ard a spiritual relationship started and I would ever be so grateful to him and Supervisor Young, they appointed me to be the ambassador for AME with Moms Demand Against Gun Violence. As for my granddaughter-Ramya, she was spiritually lifted due to him. That's why on Sunday, September 8, 2019 a wreath will be placed at Arlington Cemetery 1:15PM in honor of The Late Senior Bishop McKinley Young of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Open to all. Praise be to the glory of God for such a steadfast leader who past thru my life.
Dr. Gwen Jarvis-PhD
May 2, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
PSALMS 46:1 c.c.
March 8, 2019
At TAWAWA 2018 with my granddaughter-Ramya Leland. St. James AME-Cleveland
Truly much love and respect for The Late Senior Bishop, in conversation with him to me-Dr.Jarvis always put God 1st and always no matter what be yourself.
Dr. Gwen Jarvis
February 28, 2019
Rest In Peace Bishop McKinley Young. You will be missed here at Big Bethel AME Church.
Mary Austin
February 14, 2019
When I became the pastor of the Wheat Street Baptist Church of Atlanta in 1980, I came to know then Pastor Young. He and I served churches on the same street and enjoyed annual Thanksgiving Day services either at Wheat Street or Big Bethel. We were both members of Concerned Black Clergy. Although our religious denominations were different, I was pleased to support his successful efforts to become a bishop in the AME Church. Bishop McKinley Young was a good pastor, a good bishop, and a good man! May God be with his family and with all who have been affected by his homegoing! I'm sorry that I was unable to attend his memorial service.

Dr. Michael N. Harris, Pastor Emeritus
Wheat Street Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Harris
February 14, 2019
To My Bishop McKinley Young.. The steps of a good man are ordered by God.. I can see his handy work in you.. May you rest in peace for a job well done.. And to Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young I am a phone call away.. Marvin L Harris President of the Ohio/South Ohio Lay Organization
Marvin Harris
February 4, 2019
Bishop Young was a true man of the cloth. He lived in a real world and made us aware of it. He married my husband and I in 1989. Through our marriage counseling with Bishop Young, we learned a lot and used the tools he gave us during those years. My husband has gone on to be with the Lord as well. My heartfelt condolences to the Young Family.
Marilyn Kenoly
February 1, 2019
Condolences to the Young family as we grieve over the loss of such a brother in Christ. We worked together in Cuba and elsewhere and I shall always honor my friendship and regard for this good man. Thom White Wolf Fassett
The Rev. Dr. Thom Fassett
January 30, 2019
Wow his list of accomplishments are impressive,but his love for God is clearly seen in what he did for the church,and his love for life is seen in his passion and drive for continual growth and learning. I hope to continue to grow spiritually,mentally,and emotionally every day to become a better person. What a remarkable legacy of service to God,his fellow man,and proper love of self to leave. My thoughts,and prayers are with the family.
January 30, 2019
May Almighty God and his son Jesus Christ bless your family in this time of sorrow. John 17:3
January 27, 2019
My condolences to the family of Bishop Young may God continue to bless you in these hours of grief!!
Rev. Earl Perkins
January 27, 2019
Marjorie Slack Bryant
Jenny Sutton Jones
Betty Allen Williamson
David T. Howard High 1962
January 26, 2019
Prayers and condolences to the family of Senior Bishop McKinley Young on his transition from life to reward. The AME Church has lost a jewel in the rough of African Methodism.
Rev Gregory Banana
January 26, 2019
My prayers for the entire Young Family. We know that God will take care of you.
Agnes Brown
January 26, 2019
Our prayers our with the Young family. God Bless all of you.
Mary Vick
January 26, 2019
The AME church has lost a jewel. RIP Bishop Young.
Patricia Stokes Vaughn
January 26, 2019
May the good Lord rest your peaceful, humble and lovely soul! Your warm smile stole the hearts of many.

God rest your soul Bishop.

-Mapule (RSA)
Mapule Malefetse
January 26, 2019
Mrs. Young and Family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I met Bishop Young when I was a student at ITC. He was so supportive of my desire to serve as an Air Force Chaplain. I am where I am today because of his encouragement and mentorship. I'll never forget the day God led him to SC for my annual conference when I needed support. I am forever grateful.

I pray that his life and legacy will inspire all of us.

May God's Holy Spirit grant you peace and comfort.

Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Regina Samuel
Regina Samuel
January 26, 2019
Praying with and for the Young family.
Cathy Witherspoon
January 26, 2019
In Deepest Sympathy and Prayer,Sharing in your Sorrow.Love
January 26, 2019
Bishop McKinley Young was a great Bishop,Pastor and friend to Rev.& Mrs.Harvey McGruder and family. We send our love and prayers to Dr.Dorothy Young, the children and grandchildren and want them to know that we share their loss.Rest in eternal peace,Bishop Young.
Harvey McGruder
January 26, 2019
Harvey McGruder
January 26, 2019
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family as you go through this valley.
Bobbie Frost
January 26, 2019
Please accept condolences as we remember the life and legacy of Bishop McKinley Young, a great leader but also a wonderful human being. He was the first bishop to endorse me as a chaplain in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Peace to his memory. God bless. Rev. Melvin and Belinda Jones, 4th District, Chicago Conference, AME Church/Chaplain, Hines V.A. Hospital.
Melvin Jones
January 26, 2019
RIH. Condolences to the Young family.
Gail Shaheed
January 26, 2019
Csrol A. Bowie
January 25, 2019
My condolences to the Young family.
Pauline Harvey
January 25, 2019
My sincere thoughts and prayers for the Young Family as we grieve the loss of Bishop McKinley Young. The impact of his leadership and witness is forever timeless.

I bless and thank God for allowing us to meet, learn, witness and serve.

Walter H. McKelvey
Columbia South Carolina
January 25, 2019
To Dr Dorthy Young

Praying for comfort for you and your family
Praying for his mercy and grace.
Keeping you lifted up in our prayers
Rev Carolyn Hairston
January 25, 2019
Dr. Youmg and family,
Our prayers are with you at this time. Continue to look to Jesus for strength.
Patricia Salary
Patricia Salary
January 25, 2019
Sending prayers and thanksgivings for the life and legacy of Bishop Young. His prophetic leadership and faithful answer to Jesus call for Justice will continue to be an inspiration for many.

Rev'd Margaret Rose, Episcopal Church
Margaret Rose
January 25, 2019
Sending our heartfelt condolences to the
Young Family. We are lifting you up in
our thoughts and prayers.

Curtis, Nina, Carina, & Aida
Tallahassee, Florida
Curtis & Nina Richardson
January 25, 2019
Victoria Barber
January 25, 2019
To the family and friends please accept my condolences know that the God of all comfort feel your pain and sorrows. Isaiah 61:1,2 reads: He sent me (Jesus Christ) to bind up the broken hearted and to comfort all who mourn.
January 25, 2019
To Dr. Dorothy Young and family. Sis. Gundy and I and the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church family send our deepest love and condolences in the lost of Bishop Young. His impact on humanity will be reflected in the lives and places he has tenured forever in one way or another. A great leader, pastor, bishop and man of God who set a trail for all of us to follow. May you be blessed continuously and may God comfort you in His Holy Spirit now and for evermore. Bless you and your family.
Pastor R L Gundy
January 21, 2019
To Dr. Dorothy Young, Children, Grandchildren
Brothers and the Family, we share your lost
we praying for all of you, we have always felt a part of your family. We all grow up
together here at school and church.
Blessings to all of you.
Jo Ann C. and Dennis Brazil
January 21, 2019
It is with heartfelt sympathy that I extend condolences to the family of Bishop McKinley Young. Peace and love during the days ahead.
Thea Johnson
January 20, 2019
January 20, 2019
January 20, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort and hope from Gods promise at John 6:40.
January 20, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort from Gods promise at John 6:20.
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