the p-esd

The Philadelphia-Eastern Shore District encompasses the tri-state areas of Maryland, Delaware, and southeast Pennsylvania, stretching from Vienna, MD to Newtown, PA and is part of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District. Organized in 2005 under then Presiding Prelate, Bishop Warren M. Brown, the churches that comprised the P-ESD were originally part of the Baltimore-Salisbury and the Philadelphia-Harrisburg Districts. The re-organization resulted in the expansion to the Annual Conference's current five districts.

The P-ESD is home to one of Zion's most historical churches, Wesley AME Zion, located in Philadelphia, PA. Organized in 1820, the church is the oldest in the District and the second-oldest in the denomination, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fifteen pastors and over thirty additional clergy serve the congregations and members of the Philadelphia-Eastern Shore District's church communities. In addition to Sunday morning worship, a variety of ministries for youth, teens, and adults are active in each church.

presiding Elder william e. kelly &

mrs. minola kelly

Presiding Elder Kelly is a native of Wilmington, NC. This teacher, preacher and leader has pastored churches in the northeast and midwest including: Rush AMEZ (Cambridge, MA); Belmont St. AMEZ (Worcester, MA); Clinton Memorial AMEZ (Newark, NJ); Metropolitan AMEZ (Kansas City, MS); St. Thomas AMEZ (Norfolk, VA); and Trinity AMEZ (Washington, DC). Prior to his appointment as Presiding Elder of the P-ESD, he served as the Presiding Elder for the Northern Virginia District.

Dr. Kelly earned a BA from Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC); an MDiv from Andover Newton Theological Seminary (Newton Centre, MA); and a DMin from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (NY, NY). 

He and his wife, Minola, are the parents of three sons and grandparents to five grandchildren. In addition to enjoying traveling, fishing, reading and photography, Dr. Kelly is a proud life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

bishop w. Darin moore &

missionary supervisor devieta C. moore 

In July, 2012, Bishop W. Darin Moore was elevated to the episcopacy from Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Mt. Vernon, NY as the 99th bishop in succession. During his tenure as pastor of Greater Centennial the congregation grew from a few hundred to more than 6,500 members. 

His pastoral assignments include Clarksville and Morning Star AME Zion Churches, Monroe, NC, Mt. Olivet A.M.E. Zion Church, Greensboro, NC, and Jones Tabernacle AME Zion Church, Indianapolis, IN. While in Greensboro, he served on the Commission for the Greensboro Coliseum and the County Commission on Children and Youth. In Indianapolis, Bishop Moore served two terms as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Indianapolis Church Federation and was the Presiding Elder of the Indianapolis District for the A.M.E. Zion Church. 


Bishop Moore serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, including: Allegheny, Barbados, East Tennessee-Virginia, Guyana, Philadelphia-Baltimore, Ohio, St. Vincent, and Virginia Conferences. Mrs. Devieta Moore is the Missionary Supervisor of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District. She provides oversight & encouragement for missionaries of the Allegheny, Barbados, East Tennessee & Virginia, Guyana-Suriname, Ohio, Philadelphia & Baltimore, St. Vincent, and Virginia Annual Conferences.

Bishop and Mrs. Moore are devoted parents to two sons and one daughter. 


@2017 Philadelphia-Eastern Shore District