Aug. 1, 2012
Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown was elected historiographer and executive director of research and scholarship of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Fry Brown is the first woman to hold this position, and the third woman to serve as a general officer of the A.M.E. Church.
The election took place on July 2 at the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the A.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tenn. Fry Brown, who succeeds Dr. Dennis Dickerson of Vanderbilt University in this position, was installed the next day.
Prior to her election, Fry Brown wrote that “sustained excellence and accessibility of the A.M.E. Review; establishment of permanent national, international and regional archives; digitalized research and scholarship resources; and editorial support and assistance with publication of history, theology, liturgy, worship, biblical studies, and congregational studies articles and books by A.M.E. authors” constituted her vision for this position.
Fry Brown is professor of homiletics and director of Black Church Studies at Candler. In 2010, she became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor at Candler. She currently serves as associate pastor of New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lithonia, Ga.