Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux, the presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District (State of Georgia) of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church will preach at the 11:00 a.m. chapel service in William R. Cannon Chapel at Emory University in celebration of the A.M.E. Church Founder's Day on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
DeVeaux is recognized in the field of theological education for his achievements as the Executive Director of the Fund for Theological Education, Inc. During his tenure, scholarships to Black, Hispanic and students of other ethnic backgrounds were granted to support their theological education.
DeVeaux attended Howard University where he was elected junior and senior class president and Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. While a student at Howard, he answered the call to ordained ministry. He later served in the United States Army as a chaplain.
In addition to a bachelor's degree from Howard University, he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Boston University as well as a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He has served on the faculties of Meharry Medical College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Howard University School of Divinity.
The event is sponsored by the A.M.E. Connection, a student organization of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University which seeks to provide educational support, networking, spiritual well-being and a sense of community for students who are members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The AME Connection also seeks to provide a connecting link between local AME churches and students, and develop ways of working together ecumenically with other campus organizations. Some of the organization's recent projects include, 1) providing Thanksgiving Dinner for Alternate Life Paths Program, Inc., a not-for-profit organization to assist "high-risk" and "at-risk" youths; and 2) donating items to Big Bethel AME Clothing Bank.