Memphis native consecrated as bishop in AME Church

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis native has been elected a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bishop Clement Fugh was consecrated during the denomination's general conference in Nashville on Wednesday.

He was assigned to a district in Africa that includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Togo and Benin.

Fugh has served the denomination since he was a sophomore at the University of Memphis. His pastorates include Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Nashville, where he led the effort to construct a new building.

Fugh most recently held the position of General Secretary and Chief Information Officer in the AME Church

He resides in Franklin.

The denomination's first bishop was founder Richard Allen, who helped establish the Free African Society in Philadelphia in 1787. That evolved into the A.M.E. Church.

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