🔗Our brother S.K. Rembert🔗
Bishop Sanco King Rembert was the first African American Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church and, in 1987, became the first African American Bishop Ordinary of the Reformed Episcopal Church of the Southeast. In this capacity, he headed 41 congregations and 54 clergy in five states that included: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and eastern Tennessee. During this time he was also serving as Rector of New Israel Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston. He earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Benedict College in Columbia, SC in 1945. He graduated as a Certified Counselor of Theology. He then worked as a private detective in New York City, while awaiting acceptance to medical school. On April 27, 1947, however, his life was dramatically altered. Bishop Rembert proclaims, “The Lord touched me, and suddenly I felt I should be arresting souls for the Lord, instead of arresting criminals in society.” He studied theology at New York Theological Seminary, and received the Master of Divinity degree in 1951. Soon after he garnered the master of Sacred Theology degree in 1965.
Bishop Rembert’s achievements on the Diocese level are very noteworthy. They include: rebuilding the Bishop Jordan Conference Center, following Hurricane Hugo; renovation or rebuilding most of the churches in the diocese; purchasing of a Greyhound Bus for transportation; and expanding the number of churches from 27 to 38. He continued to serve his community as First Vice President of Jenkins Orphanage, Superintendent of New Israel Child Development and Christian School, and Tri-Chair of Charleston Edu Alliance. His civic activities also include: Chaplain of Charleston County Hospital, Organizer and President of the Charleston Upper Peninsula Revitalization Assoc, with an emphasis on drug eradication and maintaining a safe community; and President, Dean and Prof. of Cummins Theological Seminary in Summerville. In March 2000, Gov. Jim Hodges appointed him to the South Carolina Board of Paroles n Pardons. He left this physical plane in 2015 but his legacy lives on….. A proud member of #TruthandJusticelodge3464
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