A humble servant from Hallsboro, North Carolina, Staccato accepted God's calling on his life and delivered his first sermon at the tender age of 16. Soon after, he received his first assignment to pastor at 18. Staccato's testimony as a survivor fortifies his faith of the favor placed upon his life and ministry. Having more than 35 years of experience, evangelism, exposure and ecumenism, Staccato undeniably understands the desires and needs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Staccato has exemplified his commitment to human service in various capacities. He was previously appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America and as Deputy General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. He is also a former member of the National Board of the Interfaith Alliance, Balm in Gilead Religious Advisory Board, the National Conference of Community and Justice, and the World Methodist Council.
He is currently a Central Committee member of the World Council of Churches as the AME Zion representative, as well as, an Adjunct Professor in the Doctorate of Ministry Program at Hood Theological Seminary.In 2010, Staccato served as coordinator for the historic Great Gathering of the AME Zion, AME and CME denominations held in Columbia, SC. The Gathering’s main focus was “the state and condition of the African-American male” known as The Male Investment Plan (MIP). Its purpose is to keep young African American males out of the prison system by facilitating Saturday Academies that edify educational, health, economic and spiritual enrichment to young men ages 5-25.
Prior to his last pastorate at Grace AME Zion in Raleigh, NC, Staccato held pastorates at Brown Chapel in Southport, NC; Rehobeth in Clarkton, NC; St. John in Wilson, NC; and Washington Metropolitan in St. Louis, MO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Master of Divinity degree from Duke University; and Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from North Carolina Central University.
In July of 2016 at the Fiftieth General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staccato was elected the One Hundred and Second Bishop in the line of succession. He is currently serving as the Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District, which includes the Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon-Washington and Southwest Rocky Mountains Conferences..
His most esteemed role is being the father of two children, Staccato Keithan; Pastor of Fisher Chapel AME Zion Church in Phoenix and Susan Elizabeth Nicole, Missionary Supervisor of the Western Episcopal District.