CEO TenthFuture, Inc.
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie serves as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Her historic election in the year 2000 represents the first time in the over 200-year history of the AME Church, a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. The firsts continue as she served as the President of the Council of Bishops, Chair of the General Conference Commission and was the Host Bishop for the 49th Session of the General Conference of the AME Church in June 2012 with more than 30,000 in attendance.
Currently, she is honored to serve as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, which is the entire state of Texas. Bishop McKenzie serves as the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Paul Quinn College. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bishop McKenzie was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the inaugural President’s Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She recently was invited to preach at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast at the invitation of President Obama.
Bishop McKenzie is the author of five books. The first two, Not Without A Struggle and Strength in the Struggle concern leadership and professional growth for women. Journey to the Well helps women seek new directions for personal growth and transformation following the footsteps of the Biblical Samaritan woman. Her book, Swapping Housewives, tells the stories of Rachel, Jacob and Leah and shares the 21st century implications for married and unmarried love. A revised updated version of Not Without A Struggle was released in 2012. In 2013 her newest book Those Sisters Can Preach! was released. It includes 22 sermons as pearls of wisdom from nationally known preachers who happen to be women.
Bishop McKenzie, well known as an electrifying preacher, has been honored for her leadership, community service, and outstanding achievements by a number of diverse civic, educational, business, and governmental organizations and leaders.
Her teaching ministry is available daily at www.thisisyourwakeupcallonline.com. In February 2012, she launched The Greatest of These is Love mixtape of ten mini-messages as love notes for your soul. Her incredible Praycation is available at www.vashtimckenzie.blogspot.com
Bishop McKenzie is humbled and grateful to God for the many opportunities and blessings afforded her as she strives to serve with excellence in the Kingdom of God.
Mr. Stan McKenzie
Episcopal Supervisor – Texas
Advisor, TenthFuture, Inc.
Stan McKenzie is the Supervisor of Missions and Children’s Work of the Women’s Missionary Society of the Tenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which comprises the state of Texas. He became the first male supervisor in the over 200-year history of the AME Church when his wife, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie was elected the first female bishop in 2000.
Supervisor McKenzie has created a ministry strategy to meet the needs of youth and adults across the state of Texas. Thousands of missionaries and young people have participated in the A.M.E. Cares Day a statewide initiative that develops community service projects beyond the walls of the sanctuary. The alternative Spring Break provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to do a mission project during their spring vacation from school. This year students spent three days in West, Texas helping with cleanup efforts to the city recently ravaged by a fertilizer plant explosion.
Under Supervisor’s leadership the WMS will be offering a $10,000 scholarship to an AME graduating high school senior to Paul Quinn College. As the Special Advisor to TenthFuture, Inc. the 501(c) 3 non-profit of the 10th Episcopal District, He helps raise funds through an annual golf tournament for scholarships for students at Paul Quinn College, community and church service projects.
Supervisor Stan also leads a diverse missionary ministry that includes outreach and emergency assistance through clothes, food drives, soup kitchens and holiday basket distributions. During the 10th District’s Super Summer Convocation each year, Supervisor McKenzie helps to develop shared learning experiences geared towards young people to help them develop leadership skills and grow in faith. The Elnita McClain House in Houston is also a missionary project that serves as an outreach facility serving the needs of the community on a variety of issues. In addition to sponsoring blood donation drives, walks, health fairs, and other wellness programs, the WMS also supports the work of missions internationally. This year they provided dresses for children in Liberia and contributed to funds for mission work in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Prior to the assignment in Texas, Supervisor McKenzie also served from 2004-2012 as Supervisor of Missions in the 13th Episcopal District that includes the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. He along with Bishop McKenzie led the missionaries to fill 11 tractor-trailers and vans with food, clothing and water for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
He served as the Supervisor of Missions from 2000 to 2004 in the Eighteenth Episcopal District, which includes the countries of Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. There he instituted an entrepreneur program to teach youth and young adults business skills to help them in a failing economic environment. He provided start-up funds for seven new businesses such as chicken farming, brick and candle making in Southeast Africa. The profits helped build new churches and mission houses as well as helped expand existing church infrastructure.
Drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1966, McKenzie played guard for many years on several teams: the Baltimore Bullets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets. An NBA multi-record holder, McKenzie still holds the record for “Most Free Throws,” taken in one quarter, beating out basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain.
After retiring from the NBA, he spent more than two decades in human resources and personnel services. He served in managerial positions with several corporations handling day to day operations, overseeing a multi-million dollar budget, writing U. S. government proposals, supervising and training staff, contract negotiations, client relations and streamlining and implementing security procedures.
Supervisor McKenzie is a graduate of New York University. He was a high scorer and star player and later was inducted into the NYU Hall of Fame. He also studied International Law at the University of Perugia in Italy. McKenzie is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Jesse Owens Life Time Achievement Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He is an active member of many organizations including 100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the NBA Players Association.
A devoted family man, McKenzie and his wife are the parents of three adult children and the happy grandparents of one baby girl. They currently live in Dallas, Texas.
Rev. George Johnson, Jr.
Chair, TenthFuture, Inc.
Rev. George Johnson, Jr., is the blessed husband of Phyllis (Davis) Johnson of Little Rock, Arkansas for over 41 years. They are the proud parents of three wonderful children – LaTasha Dionne, George Brandon, and Randal Marion. Rev. George is also an Ordained Elder who presently serves as the proud Senior Pastor of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church here in Waco, and has been for the past 22 years. He was the guiding force in the church’s relocation to its present site four years ago. In 2003, he received the Tenth District (State of Texas) African Methodist Episcopal Church Clergy Person of the Year Award. He is also a proud lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. George was born and reared in Sweet Home, Arkansas. He is the fifth child and only son of the late Rev. George Johnson, Sr. and Mrs. Carrie M. Johnson. He received his early years of education in his hometown of Sweet Home and attended Little Rock University before entering the U. S. Army. Rev. George is a graduate of Chaminade University of Honolulu where he earned his Baccalaureate Degree and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Southern Methodist University. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Ministry from Paul Quinn College, and has done additional graduate work in finance and management.
As a concerned citizen of Waco, Rev. George has served as a contributing member of numerous community boards and organizations; to name a few, the Dr. Pepper Museum Board,
Quinn Campus Board, Co-Chair of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Community Taskforce, Hillcrest Baptist Hospital Review Board, Regis/St. Elizabeth Board, Central Texas Senior Ministry Board, McLennan County Heart of Texas Coliseum Board, McLennan County Youth Collaboration Board, Waco Independent School District Foundation Board, and Adopt-a-School Board. George currently serves on the Providence Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Paul Quinn College Board of Trustees, Heart of Texas Council of Government Economic Development Corporation. He serves as the Tenth Episcopal District (State of Texas) Board of Ordained Ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Chairperson, and was the Tenth Episcopal District Delegation leader to the 2012 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
While serving on Active Duty with the U.S. Army, Rev. George traveled extensively here in the United States as well as abroad. In 2005, as a Texas National Guard Chaplain, George was called to active duty and completed a 12-month deployment of duty in Bagram, Afghanistan. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Award, several U.S. Army Accommodation Medals, U.S. Army Achievement Medals, and the Overseas Combat Ribbon.
He currently serves as Assistant City Manager for the City of Waco. His primary responsibility is to advise the City Manager as senior supervisor of Aviation, Transit, Library, Convention/Visitors Bureau, Zoo, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame/Museum, Information Technology, Finance, Housing, Neighborhood Services, and Economic Development.
TenthFuture, Inc. – Executive Board:
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie – TenthFuture Inc., CEO
Bro. Stan McKenzie – TenthFuture Inc., Advisor
Rev. George Johnson, Jr. – Chair
Bro. Larry Hollie – Vice-Chair
Rev. Kevin L. Hodge – Sr. Secretary
Rev. Mark Washington – Treasurer
Bro. Timothy Leeper – Financial Secretary
Presiding Elders Council
Rev. Ida Willis Keener
Rev. Dr. Ella M. McDonald
Rev. Mittie Muse Sr.
Rev. Johnny R. Mitchell
Rev. Dr. Marshall Hobbs, Sr.
Rev. Dr. Ida W. Keener
Rev. Dr. L. R. Emanuel
Rev. Chuma Okoli
Rev. Brenda Beckford Payne