Bishop Stacey S. Latimer
Bishop Latimer was reared in and through the ranks of mighty men and women of God from the traditional South. His roots of service in faith began in South Carolina at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Laurens, SC at the age of eight. Here, he actively served as a musician for over fifteen years, under the tutelage of The Rev. B.T. Sears, Jr., and later under The Rev. S.B. Neely. He is also a graduate of Holmes Bible College of Greenville, South Carolina. In 1996 he became a member of Evangelical House of God in Taylors, South Carolina, where he was licensed to preach the gospel by Bishop James L. Dawkins in 1998. He also served as an Associate Minister, Co-Minister of Music, and as Director of the HIV/AIDS ministry until 2000, at which time he became the Assistant Pastor of Christ First Progressive Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Uldrick A. Thompson.
The Lord began using Bishop Latimer as a trailblazer very early in his life. He became a musician for the local church at the age of eight. He is one the founding fathers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated on Lander University campus, as well as founder of the first Black gospel choir on the campus of Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.
Bishop Latimer has been instrumental in the national mobilization of the Black church around issues of HIV and AIDS, and sexuality. He possesses over 17 years experience working in the field of HIV and AIDS, in various capacities. Nationally he collaborates and partners with churches, health departments, and civic and community organizations to mobilize, educate, encourage and provide HIV testing. As a fearless and tireless advocate for people living with HIV and AIDS, his work has profound influence on individuals and public policy in the United States.
On June 20, 2010 Browns Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York honored him for his community service. He is the 2008 recipient of the Stewart Kessler Community Service Award, presented by AIDS Center of Queens County. Bishop-elect Latimer has appeared on numerous radio and television programs across the nation. He appeared on the cover of November 2007 issue POZ magazine. He has published numerous articles, including “A Ruling for Justice”, October 2008 National Justice Coalition Newsletter; “To My Brothers”, December 2005 A&U Magazine; “Civil Rights and the Church”, Fall issue of Pulse Magazine among others. Bishop Latimer is also is a proud veteran of the United States Army.
He is currently Chairman of LAI (Love Alive International) Foundation Inc., a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to empowering those oppressed by structures, systems, cultures, and traditions that impede their physical and mental progress, as it pertains to HIV and AIDS– and other disproportionate health disparities that plague the black community. His years of service in the fight against HIV/AID consist of national capacity building work with the African American Capacity Building Initiative, a program of the Harm Reduction Coalition of NYC; as a National Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Intervention Trainer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Atlanta, Ga; National Trainer for Affirming A Future of Hope, a program of the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta, GA; Director of the Balm In Gilead’s Resource Center, and Coordinator of the Black Church HIV/AIDS Network; Director of Outreach for Project Care in Greenville, SC. The Bishop has also participated in the Jackson Foundation for HIV/AIDS research through military medicine, for the past twenty one years. He is also a member of the New York State Prevention Planning Group.
As a minister of The Gospel, Bishop Latimer continues to be an international voice heralding a word of hope and concrete information, as he pursues justice and equality for the oppressed and disenfranchised across populations and denominational lines.