Bishop Michael Angelo Frencher, Sr. is a native of Detroit, Michigan. In his early years, he grew up at the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Detroit under the late Reverend Dr. William Carlton Ardrey. He served in various areas of ministry in the local church as a faithful Layperson until he answered the call to preach.
Bishop Frencher has prepared himself, both spiritually and intellectually, having received the Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Detroit, the Master of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary; and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In 2013, he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Hood-Speaks-Theological Seminary in Nigeria.
Bishop Frencher has served as pastor in several states: Mt Zion and Indian Hill A.M.E. Zion Circuit, Fort Mill, SC, Mt Olivet A.M.E. Zion Church, Greensboro, NC, St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church, Hamlet, N.C., Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion Church, Pittsburgh, PA; and Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, Greensboro, NC, where he served as the longest tenured pastor for 20 years.
Bishop Frencher participated in the work of the ministry in addition to being a faithful husband to Gelenia and a loving father to Michelle and Michael Jr. He is faithful, dutiful and committed to whatever he sets his heart, head and hands to do.
Bishop Frencher taught at Hood Theological Seminary for 17 years and served as a member of the Board of Christian Education and the Connectional Budget Board. Bishop Frencher is presently serving as Chairman of the Board of Lay Activities. 2nd Vice Chairman of the Connectional Budget Board, 1st Vice Chairman, Board of Records, Research & Archives, 1st Vice Chairman, Commission on Discipline Codification, Vice Chairman, Hood Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and Secretary, Livingstone College, Board of Trustees. Board. Bishop Frencher is a preacher of the gospel. He is God’s mouthpiece to deliver God’s Word to His people. He communicates God’s Word to God’s people in a powerful, clear, concise, and convicting way. In addition to being a preacher of the gospel, he lives the gospel that he preachers.
Bishop Frencher is a Life Member of the NAACP, a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and holds membership in several other organizations throughout the Country. Bishop Frencher has received numerous awards and recognitions for services rendered as a pastor and community leader.
On Friday, July 20, 2012 at the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church, Bishop Frencher was elected the 101st Bishop in Succession of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He was consecrated a Bishop on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. His first Episcopal assignment was to the Eastern West Africa Episcopal District. At the 50th Session of the General Conference, Bishop Frencher received his 2nd Episcopal assignment to the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District. Bishop Frencher lives by the scripture that says; “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13