Editor's note: This interview is part of a series.

Update: Bishop Paul Jones Malenga Kawimbe was removed from the supervision of the 19th Episcopal District in 2019. 

Bishop Paul J.M. Kawimbe is president of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Global Council of Bishops and presides over the 17th Episcopal District of the AME Church, which comprises Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia. A native of Lusaka, Zambia, Kawimbe is one of a growing number of native Africans assuming leadership positions in the church.

Kawimbe spoke with Faith & Leadership while attending an AME bishops’ gathering at Duke University in December 2008.