In 2000, she was named as as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop at the A.M.E.’s annual convention in Cleveland that year. McKenzie was also named to oversee the 18th Episcopal District, which covered Southeast Africa. McKenzie helped lead HIV/AIDS outreach across nation’s in that region of the continent.

In 2005, McKenzie was named Titular Head of the church, and was the president of its Council of Bishops as well.

Today, McKenzie presides over the 10th Episcopal District, which covers the entire state of Texas. McKenzie also made headlines recently after she spoke at a prayer vigil for Sandra Bland and calling for action.

McKenzie is married to former NBA player Stan McKenzie.

McKenzie is also the author of five books, Not Without A Struggle, Strength in the Struggle, Journey to the Well, Swapping Housewives, and her latest book, Those Sisters Can Preach!

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