The African Episcopal Church

Bishop K. R. Zimmerman

Provincial Administrator

Bishop( Dr.) Kelly R. Zimmerman was born on September 25th, 1969 in the Walter Reed Military Hospital, Washington, DC. She is the proud mother of two sons. Brandon Zimmerman, (age 30) and Deven Zimmerman (age 29), both of Spartanburg South Carolina. Dr. Zimmerman received her education through the union county public school system and, further her education receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1993.

She began in 1995, pursuing a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling , also at South Carolina State, then after a hiatus return to receive her Masters in Counseling (with the emphasis of Marriage and Family Counseling), at Webster University in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2009. She went on to pursue her earned Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling, at Argosy University, in Phoenix, Arizona in 2015. Dr. Zimmerman submitted onward to her call in ministry being licensed in 2003, in 20013 Ordained as Elder, and duly consecrated as a bishop in the Lord’s church, in 2015. Since 2005.

Dr. Zimmerman organized and established under the Lord’s instructions, numerous ministerial events in the community. As an Elder, she, with the divine guidance, developed Vessels of Honor Ministries, also located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She also cultivated the Crystal Pearl Foundation, helping veterans, service persons, as well as those who are being reentered into society. Dr. Zimmerman has worked with countless number of service agencies in the Spartanburg County, as well as many other organizations within the United States. Doctor Zimmerman has ordained ministered as well as covered many ministers leaders, and pioneers in Christian ministry. She has also received an Honorary Doctorates and Divinity, from Abundant Life Seminary, located in Florida as well as an Honorary Doctorates in Humanities, from Metropolitan Christian University located in Kentucky. Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Religious Studies , also with Metropolitan Christian University.

She currently is a Mental Health Professional Counselor, with S. C. Department of Mental Health, has a life Coaching training center, called RIGHT Direction Coaching and Consultation, and a Residential and Commercial cleaning business, (Dr. K’s Professional Cleaning Services LLC), which assist those who society discards, and aids them with gainful employment, and a start to Entrepreneurship. Dr. Zimmerman remains steadfast in the word of God, and strives to demonstrate the Messiahs principles in ALL things. Her philosophy is , “if I can’t help you, I will not hurt you!”