Lipscombe will serve as Bishop Suffragan (assistant to the Prelate). His role will be to encourage young pastors who need encouragement, motivation, and direction, a role he has played throughout his 46 years of pastoral ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church before his retirement in 2005.
More than 500 people, including members of Allen AME, where Lipscombe had pastored for 35 years, attended the consecration service.
â€œRev. Lipscombe was my pastor when I became a Christian. He impacted my life in so many ways and because of his teachings and opportunities for leadership that he gave me Iâ€™ve been able to grow as a person,â€ said Kenneth Hinnant, a member of Allen AME.
â€œAll of my life I have been interested in empowering people to do w
hat they do best and do it better. Iâ€™m a community man and want to continue to be an example to young ministers and churches,â€ Lipscombe said.
â€œI retired, but God said I want you to go on to the dayâ€™s end, so Iâ€™m serving the Kingdom of God in a larger capacity. Under the direction of Bishop Staples Iâ€™m being asked to enable, advise, and encourage young pastors.â€
Bishop Lipscombe and his congregation hold service in Clinton on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at 8910 Simpson Lane.
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