Bishop Clarence Kelby Heath is the 64 th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has pastored several congregations for over 28 years before being elected. He was born June 16, 1968 in Milledgeville, Georgia to Clarence Melvin and Doris Ragin Heath. He married his college sweetheart, Lakisha Young, of Augusta, Georgia. They have two sons: Cornelius Kelby and Caleb David Heath.
Bishop Heath graduated from Augusta University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and served in the Georgia Army National Guard. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education at Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He earned a Doctorate of Theology at the International Theological Seminary (Dissertation: Christian Leadership: An Introduction and Emphasis on Guardianship as a Practical Role in Church). He is a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth Class of 2020. He has also earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary (Major Project entitled: A Theological Observation, Pastoral Assessment, and Recommendations to Improve the Itinerant Ministry of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church).
He considers it a distinguished privilege to have served as the president of Phillips School of Theology Alumni Association. He has been a high school teacher, little league basketball coach, promoted school partnerships, and developed summer school programs. He enjoys his family, traveling, writing, studying, reading books, personal devotion, physical fitness, movies, and sports. Bishop Heath is Trustee Board Chair of Miles College and W. Clyde Williams Terrance Appartements. He is grateful to serve as the presiding prelate of The Fifth Episcopal District comprising of the states of Alabama and Florida.