As the first African American female bishop of any mainline Christian denomination, Bishop Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly was a teacher, evangelist, and trailblazer. Simply put, she was a servant. Growing up in a family with strong Methodist roots, Bishop Kelly never intended to follow in her father's footsteps and enter the ministry. However, she was attentive to the calling placed upon her life and worked tirelessly to inspire a community of believers. She was elected as a United Methodist bishop in 1984 and later founded the Black Clergywomen's Association. Bishop Kelly's gifts to humanity and the faith community remain and will be enjoyed by generations to come.
Written and produced by Henri Giles