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By: Staff Reporter
On July 10, 2021, during the 51st Quadrennial General Conference , Rev. Dr. Silvester Scott Beaman was elected and consecrated the 139th Bishop. He has been assigned to serve the 15th Episcopal AME District in which he will superintend the following Annual Conferences: Cape Town, Namibia, Kalahari, Queenstown and Angola.
His former pastorates include Bethel AME, Lackawanna, New York; St. Paul AME, Hamilton, Bermuda; and Bethel A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Since arriving in Delaware, he has taken in over 2,700 new members. Under his administration, renovations to the church were completed, the sanctuary technology was also upgraded as part of a $500,000 renovation program, and the indebtedness of the church was also paid off. During his tenure, over 50 new ministries were established including the nationally known Beautiful Gate Outreach Center, a full-service HIV/AIDS program.
Dr. Beaman has served as the Director on several community boards, organizations, governmental task forces, and commissions. He is a 20-year member of the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as Chairman of the Nominating Committee and delegates to the World Methodist Council. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Prince Hall Mason Star of the East Lodge #1. He is one of a few clergy persons in the nation that has offered the prayer in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Dr. Beaman was honored to be asked by President Joseph R. Biden to offer the Benediction during the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021. He was the first AME member to have such distinction. President Biden called Bishop Beaman immediately following his election to congratulate him on his elevation to the Episcopacy.
Dr. Silvester Beaman is a native of Niagara Falls, New York. He holds a B.S. degree from Wilberforce University, Masters of Divinity degree from Boston University and was the first to receive a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the joint program at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio and Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, Washington.
He is married to his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Renée Palmore Beaman, RN. They are the blessed parents of two adult daughters, Asaiah (Gregory Fisher) and Kori (Walter Cheatham), and grandchildren, Maliah, Gabriella, and Gregory Mason.