Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops

The Executive Board

  • Bishop B. C. McBath, D.Min.

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    mcbath.pngBishop B. Courtney McBath is the senior founding pastor of Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk, Virginia, and the presiding bishop of Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries, an organization serving leaders around the world.

    McBath earned a Bachelor of Science degree in humanities and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Master of Arts degree in Biblical studies from Regent University; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary. His columns have appeared in Charisma and Ministry Today magazines. He is the author of Maximize your Marriage, and Living @ the Next Level. (Howard Books a division of Simon & Schuster Inc. 2008) In 2009, he was also the recipient of the distinguished Black Men Role Model of the Year Award.

    Bishop McBath and his wife, Janeen, live in Hampton Roads, Virginia. They have been married for more than thirty years and have a daughter, four sons, a son-in-law, and a grandson.

  • Bishop C. R. Upton, Sr., D.Min.

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    upton.pngBishop Carlton R. Upton, Sr., serves as senior pastor of the historic Tabernacle Christian Church in Suffolk, VA. Armed with several decades of pulpit ministry experience, Bishop Upton is the Founding Prelate of Greater Tidewater Fellowship of Churches; an ecumenical, liturgical fellowship of like-minded congregations serving Hampton Roads and beyond.

    To aid in his pursuit of knowledge, Bishop Upton earned the following degrees: B.S., Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; M.Div., Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA; D. Min., United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH. Bishop Upton is married to the former Constance Lorraine Todd of Chesapeake, VA, and together they have two children Wanda Upton Jenkins and Carlton R. Upton, Jr., and are the proud grandparents of Reuben, Marcus, Cameron, Lauren and Brooke.

  • Bishop L. W. Francisco III, D. Min

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    francisco.pngBishop L.W. Francisco, III is the senior pastor of Calvary Community Church in Hampton, Virginia, and presiding bishop of Calvary Covenant Ministries, Inc., an organization which provides spiritual oversight and counsel, as well as ministerial and administrative support to churches throughout the United States and abroad. He has a passion for seeing individuals live fulfilled and productive lives that will positively impact their communities and the world. His message is cutting-edge, humorous and relevant for today’s generation. Excellence is at the forefront of what he lives and teaches.

    Francisco earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from International Bible College & Seminary in Independence, MO., and a Master of Arts as well as a Doctorate of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology in Manassas, Va. Bishop Francisco is the author of Breaking the Chains of Limitations, God’s Formula for Productive Faith, The Needs of the Male Man, The 21st Century Man, How to Succeed in Changing Times, and his latest title, Get The Hell Out! How to Gain The Kingdom Mentality and Begin Living an Abundant Life (released in June 2010 by St. Paul Press).

    Bishop Francisco is married to Dr. Natalie A. Francisco. They have been married for over twenty-five years and are the parents of three beautiful daughters: Nicole, Lesley and Lauren.

  • Bishop K. W. Brown, D.Min.

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    brown.pngBishop Kim W. Brown is the senior pastor of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church; affectionately known as The Mount, which has locations in Chesapeake, Virginia and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. As Pastor, he brings creative and innovative vision and takes and “out of the box” approach to ministry, which appeals to all cultures and age groups. Since his tenure with The Mount began in 1990, he has watched the congregation grow from 75 to over 6,000 with evidence of continued growth.

    Brown received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Norfolk State University. His academic preparation for the gospel included a Master of Divinity degree received in 1991 and a Doctorate of Ministry degree received in 1998 from Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

    Bishop Brown has been married to Elder Valerie Kay Brown since 1989 and God has blessed them to steward the lives of three children: James, Kimberly and Jazmyn.

  • Bishop C. E. Edmonds, Sr., D.Min.

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    edmonds.pngBishop Curtis Edmonds is the pastor of Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church located in Portsmouth, VA and a member of the Portsmouth City Council.

    Edmonds has been blessed to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Norfolk State University (1976), Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology, Richmond, Virginia (1994), and Doctorate of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (1999). He has done additional studies at Boston University School of Theology. He has also had the pleasure of travelling extensively and has blessed to preach in Israel, Jordan, Greece, Egypt, and Turkey.

    Bishop Edmonds is married to his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Lewis Edmonds and is the father of two sons, Curtis E. Edmonds, Jr. and Dr. Kelton Roderick Edmonds. God has blessed him with two multi-talented grandchildren: Curtis Kelton Edmonds and Kenedy Nicole Edmonds.

  • Antipas L. Harris, D.Min., S.T.M.

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    aharris.pngDr. Antipas L. Harris serves as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Youth & Urban Ministry at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. An Executive Board Member of the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops, he serves as Dean of Academic Affairs. An ordained elder of A House of the Living God, Church of Jesus Christ, for the past twenty years Harris has served in various capacities of pastoral ministry. Currently, he is founder and apostolic leader of the Urban Circle. Net, Inc., a consortium of national and international urban ministries and churches.

    Harris holds a Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology (Church and Society) from Boston University School of Theology, a Masters of Sacred Theology from Yale University Divinity School, a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (Emory University), and a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Music Technologies and in Religion from LaGrange College where he graduated with cum laude honors. His ministry has taken him throughout Germany, Mexico, Canada, Haiti, the Bahamas, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and throughout the United States of America.

    Dr. Harris is happily married to Micah Barks. Graduate of the College of William and Mary, Micah shares his love for teaching and the arts. She is a skilled modern dancer and a talented elementary school teacher. Micah was also named “Teacher of the Year” (2012-2013) at Holland Elementary School.