Meet our Supervisor
Supervisor Stan McKenzie
Stan McKenzie is the Supervisor of Missions and Children’s Work of the Women’s Missionary Society of the Tenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which comprises the state of Texas. He became the first male supervisor in the over 200-year history of the AME Church when his wife, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie was elected the first female bishop in 2000.
Supervisor McKenzie has created a ministry strategy to meet the needs of youth and adults across the state of Texas. Thousands of missionaries and young people have participated in A. M. E. Cares Day a statewide initiative that develops community service projects beyond the walls of the sanctuary. The Alternative Spring Break provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to do a mission project during their spring vacation from school. This year students spent three days in West, Texas helping with cleanup efforts to the city recently ravaged by a fertilizer plant explosion.
Under Supervisor’s leadership the WMS will be offering a $10,000 scholarship to an AME graduating high school senior to Paul Quinn College. He is also the Special Advisor to TenthFuture, Inc. the 501 c3 non-profit of the 10th Episcopal District that helps raise funds through an annual golf tournament for scholarships for students at Paul Quinn, community and church service projects.
Supervisor McKenzie also leads a diverse missionary ministry that includes outreach and emergency assistance through clothes, food drives, soup kitchens and holiday basket distributions. During the 10th District’s Super Summer Convocation each year, Supervisor McKenzie helps to develop shared learning experiences geared towards young people to help them develop leadership skills and grow in faith. The Elnita McClain House in Houston is also a missionary project that serves as an outreach facility serving the needs of the community on a variety of issues. In addition to sponsoring blood donation drives, walks, health fairs, and other wellness programs, the WMS also supports the work of missions internationally. This year they provided dresses for children in Liberia and contributed to funds for mission work in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Prior to the assignment in Texas, Supervisor McKenzie also served from 2004-2012 as Supervisor of Missions in the 13th Episcopal District that includes the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. He along with Bishop McKenzie led the missionaries to fill 11 tractor-trailers and vans with food, clothing and water for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
He served as the Supervisor of Missions from 2000 to 2004 in the Eighteenth Episcopal District, which includes the countries of Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. There he instituted an entrepreneur program to teach youth and young adults business skills to help them in a failing economic environment. He provided start-up funds for seven new businesses such as chicken farming, brick and candle making in Southeast Africa. The profits helped build new churches and mission houses as well as helped expand existing church infrastructure.
Drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1966, McKenzie played guard for many years on several teams: the Baltimore Bullets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets. An NBA multi-record holder, McKenzie still holds the record for “Most Free Throws,” taken in one quarter, beating out basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain.
After retiring from the NBA, he spent more than two decades in human resources and personnel services. He served in managerial positions with several corporations handling day to day operations, overseeing a multi-million dollar budget, writing U. S. government proposals, supervising and training staff, contract negotiations, client relations and streamlining and implementing security procedures.
Supervisor McKenzie is a graduate of New York University. He was a high scorer and star player and later was inducted into the NYU Hall of Fame. He also studied International Law at the University of Perugia in Italy. McKenzie is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Jesse Owens Life Time Achievement Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He is an active member of many organizations including 100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the NBA Players Association.
A devoted family man, McKenzie and his wife are the parents of three adult children and the happy grandparents of one baby girl. They currently live in Dallas, Texas.