*The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church elected five new bishops during its annual conference in Mobile, Ala.

Bishop James B. Walker was elected the 56th bishop of the C.M.E. Church. He is the former pastor of Phillips C.M.E. Church in Hartford, Connecticut.

Bishop W.E. Lockett was elected the 57th bishop. He is the former pastor of Metropolitan C.M.E. Church in Houston, Texas, .

Bishop Sylvester Williams was elected the 58th bishop. He is the former pastor of Carter Temple C.M.E. Church in Chicago, Illinois.

Bishop Teresa Snorton was elected the 59th bishop and the first female bishop of the denomination. She is the Executive Director of the National Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) in Atlanta, Georgia,

Bishop Godwin Umoette was elected the 60th bishop and the indigenous bishop for Africa. He served as a distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, and pastor of Bishop Marshall Gilmore Cathedral CME Church.

The CME Church is currently under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and its college of bishops. It is a 139 year old historically Black Christian demonization with more than 1.2 million members.