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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie « This is Your Wake Up Call!
This is Your Wake Up Call!

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 where she served as the President of the Council of Bishops, Chair of the General Conference Commission and the Host Bishop for the 49th Session of the General Conference of the AME Church this past June 2012 with more than 30,000 in attendance including First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.  Currently, she is honored to serve as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, which is the state of Texas.

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 is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Paul Quinn College, Payne Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and the International Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bishop McKenzie is the author of four 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 latest 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 just released.

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.

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  1. This is one of your kenyan daughters! You inspire me to become all I can become, you are my role model and I strive in prayer and humility to learn from you. I love you!

  2. Bishop, I absolutely love your purpose in how the Lord has guided you in using this powerful mean of communications to witness and provide spiritual guidance daily to the world of Facebook connections. Thank you for your vision, thank you for words of wisdom, thank you for daily encouragements, and I thank God for you.

  3. Michelle Griffin says:

    Hello Bishop Vashti,

    I just joined this team and I am already impressed at this website .. i see that you have accomplished much and for that I praise God with u and for u .. I jst recently had to do a little evaluation and inventory control in my life and alot of people had to be dropped off right where I left them .. n now it seems as though the Lord is bringing so many new ppl in my life .. I pray and ask the Lord for whatever purpose I have come to know your ministry that it be fulfilled and that He gets the glory out of my life .. b blessed!

  4. Rev Robbie says:

    Wow! I heard tpday’s WakeUp Call and my soul set up to hear your message. That is a powerful WORD about persistence & God’s divine purpose in all things. Keep teaching, preaching and providing Discipleship – your light is guiding us to the sea …. inch by inch! Blessings to you and yours.

  5. Bless You Bishop…Do you see Carolin Tyler Guidry any?

  6. editor says:

    Yes, Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry is the presiding bishop of the 8th Episcopal District now. She is also the President of the Council of Bishops.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Bishop McKenzie,

    Thank you for your beautifully submitted heart to our beloved King, you empower and strength me as a woman sitting at the feet of Jesus eating his choice fruit. Be triumphant and keep letting your light shine the universe is captivated by God through you!

  8. Hope Coleman says:

    Bishop, this is a great website, full of edible nuggets for spiritual growth. Thansk for allowing God to use in so many ways to impact His Kingdom. I pray God will continually open doors for you. I have read three of your four books and plan to purchase Swapping Housewives. To God Be the Glory for the great things he has done!!!

  9. Lady BDH says:

    First my this email find you in the best of spirit and health, I just wanted to say, keep up the good work Bishop, you truly are a encouraging woman of god, and I count you as one of my sheroes right along with my mother lol, stay bless, get your rest

    Many Blessings and Love


  10. […] her devotional on Streaming Faith, Bishop McKenzie talks about the different characters,  as well as characteristics,  found in our families.  For […]

  11. Good Morning Bishop,

    What a wonderful “Wake up call” as always.

    I would like to share a revelative statement on today:

    It’s not that He won’t help you when the time is right. He loves you and will indeed supply and protect. But it would be a major distortion of our view of Christianity to see God as our sugar daddy, ready to jump every time we thought we needed a handout from Him. I sometimes wonder if heaven has a sign that says, “Don’t feed the Christians!” with the fine print reading, “They’ll think it’s all about the goodies”!

  12. Wendell says:


    I was inquirying about requesting you for a speaking engagement for May 2011 in Memphis, TN

  13. editor says:

    Go to http://www.13thame.com for information

  14. Thank you, Bishop, for your continued press to seek God on behalf of His people. Are you still hosting a live prayerline each week? Please post day(s), time(s) and details on all your sites. Thank you and God bless you, Supervisor Stan, your family and the 13th Episcopal District in 2012 and beyond!

  15. just starting my package this week from stearne chaple ame and ready to start this journey….2012 aug. 22

  16. Mary Alice Kelly, Chap. (ret) says:

    Dear Bishop,

    Thank you for the many years you have served our Lord in many ways.

    I have read “Your Wake Up Call” for many years and it has always blessed me and ministered to me. As a retired Chaplain of United Rescue Missions,I know how important it is to give a “NOW” word. I always receive it here.

    May God continue to bless your ministry.

  17. Patrice Harrison says:

    Hello Dr. Mckenzie,

    I met you many years ago while attending Howard University. I have never forgotten your electrifying sermons! I have most of the tapes of your sermons during that time(1997). I am very excited to see that you are in Dallas as I now live in Forney, Texas. I definitely will be attending your church home here! Thanks for everything you have taught me and continue to teach me… Can’t wait to visit you soon!:)

  18. Madelyn Roehrig says:

    Hi…I continue to follow you ..to help me live each day ! I met you at Chautauqua last year…and your messages have helped me get through the death of my son..and also my husband’s illness…this year has been the most difficult to keep going in the mercy and love of our lord and savior Jesus Christ…thank you so much

  19. Eddie Clark says:

    Grateful Prayers Peace Grace in Jesus Christ

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