Rev. Dr. Dennis Dickerson
Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, Executive Director of the Department of Research and Scholarship of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In this capacity he is the Thirteenth Historiographer and the Thirteenth Editor of the A.M.E. CHURCH REVIEW. He is James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History, Vanderbilt University and Retired General Officer, African Methodist Episcopal Church. Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania as the fourth and youngest son of Carl O’Neal Dickerson and Oswanna Wheeler Dickerson he received the B.A. from Lincoln University, the M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University, M.Div. from Vanderbilt University. He did additional study at Hartford Seminary and Memphis Theological Seminary. Morris Brown College conferred upon him the honorary L.H.D.
He was ordained into the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church as an itinerant deacon and itinerant elder in the New York Annual Conference. On loan from the A.M.E. Church and by Episcopal appointment he served as interim minister at Second Congregational Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was pastor of Payne A.M.E. Church in Chatham, New York and St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Munford, Tennessee.
Dr. Dickerson was elected the Historiographer of the A.M.E. Church at the General Conference of 1988 meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. He was reelected in 1992 in Orlando, Florida, in Louisville, Kentucky in 1996, and Cincinnati, Ohio in 2000 where he assumed duties as Executive Director of the Department of Research and Scholarship. He was re-elected in 2004 and in 2008. He has written, THE PAST IS IN YOUR HANDS: WRITING LOCAL A.M.E CHURCH HISTORY (1989), RELIGION, RACE, AND REGION: RESEARCH NOTES ON A.M.E CHURCH HISTORY (1995), A LIBERATED PAST: EXPLORATIONS IN A.M.E CHURCH HISTORY (2003), and AFRICAN METHODISM AND ITS WESLEYAN HERITAGE (2009). He served as senior consultant to the JUBILEE BIBLE published by the American Bible Society to which he contributed an essay on the history of the black church.
Dr. Dickerson is married to Mrs. Mary A.E. Dickerson, a graduate of the University of Memphis. She serves as the Subscriptions Manager for the A.M.E. CHURCH REVIEW. They are the parents of four children: Nicole (Thomas Kinnard), a graduate of Spelman College and Paralegal at a Nashville law firm, Valerie (Yosvany Cordero), a graduate of Spelman College who received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from U.C.L.A, Christina (Reverend Steven A. Cousin, Jr.), a graduate of Spelman College who received the Ph.D.in History at Vanderbilt University. His son, Dennis, Jr., a graduate of the University of Memphis, earned the M.T.S. from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and teaches Latin at St. Dominic School/St. Agnes Academy in Memphis. His grandchildren, Melanie, Morgan, and Yordany are his pride and joy.