Bishop McKinley Young


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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Condolence Messages



  2. Mrs. Deana McAllister & Family,

    May the promise in God’s Word be your hope today, your peace tomorrow and your comfort always.

  3. My deepest sympathy to the Young families .God is a refuge for us in times of distress.

  4. Marvin L. Harris President Ohio/South Ohio

    MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF BISHOP MCKINLEY YOUNG. May the promise in God’s Word be your hope today, your peace tomorrow and your comfort always, the Ohio/South Ohio Laymen’s Organization. We are here for what ever you need just call ..

    Marvin L. Harris President Ohio/South Ohio Laymen’s Organization

  5. Rev. Bruce and Sheri-Lynn Wynn

    Our deepest condolences to Supervisor Dr. Dorothy Young and family. We are saddened and devastated by the passing of Bishop McKinley Young. It’s been a joyful journey under the leadership of the Youngs. We often admired Bishop and Supervisor and their public display of love and admiration for each other. Please know that you served as a model for us in our Christian leadership journey as a couple. Our hearts are broken to see that chain broken but we know and accept that God makes no mistakes. You are in our prayers for strength and healing and know that we are here for you. We love you.

  6. Cassandra Cummings

    Video Tribute for the family of Bishop Young, who I admired during the 188th Session of the Ohio South Annual Conference at Quinn Chapel – 2018

  7. Maxine Gonzales

    My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time, rest knowing that precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of his saints. I pray the comfort of the Lord over your family.

  8. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Young family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:1 and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. (Mark 5:41-43) To learn more about God’s promises go to JW.ORG. There are online Bible study lessons featured and more. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson.

  9. Rev. Patricia Mitchell Marzett

    I thank God for allowing Bishop McKinley Young to be an inspiration. I thank God for the light he allowed Bishop to shine on the world. …And God SHALL wipe away all tears!!!

    Love you, God be with you.

  10. I’m sending my sincere condolences to the young family and friends. This is one of life’s greatest challenges that we have to face. Jesus said, did, and promised something that gives us comfort and hope. In the Bible at John 11:11-14, Jesus likened death to sleep. This comfort us in two ways: 1) we are assured by those words that our loved ones are not suffering or in pain. 2) If a person is just sleeping, he will wake up! Notice what Jesus does next at John 11:43-44, this is amazing! If you would like to know more details about this, please download a free copy of the brochure Good News from God @ and read lesson 6 along with the Bible.

  11. Rev Royd Mwandu - 17th Episcopal District.

    Sad, very sad development in the Young’s and AME Church family worldwide.

    On behalf of Messiah Temple Downtown Chingola AME Church, Chingola, Copperbelt, Zambia, Africa, we wish to express our sincere heartfelt condolences at the passing of Senior Bishop McKinley Young.

    May the good Lord be with Mrs Dorothy Jackson Young, children and grandchildren.

    When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain, but we shall still be joined as one and hope to meet again.


  12. Leroy Smith, Jr.

    It was with great sorrow to hear of the passing of a dear friend and respected brother. Though Bishop he was, it didn’t prohibit our friendship. It is with great joy to know he has “made it home”. A Scholar, Teacher, Christian, and faithful Servant who has truly represented the A.M.E. Church well but more importantly our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    May the family find solace and comfort to know that there are those who really care and praying God’s Blessing upon you.

  13. A great Bishop,Pastor and friend to Rev.& Mrs.Harvey McGruder & family. We extend our love and prayers to Dr.Dorothy Young, the children and grandchildren. Rest in eternal peace,Bishop Young. We shall never forget you.

  14. Rev/ Sherry Miller 13th Episcopal District

    Praying for your entire family during this most difficult time.

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