- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The senior pastor of a Nashville megachurch will become only the second presiding bishop of Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship International.

Bishop Joseph Walker III of Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be installed Friday at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center.

Founded in 1994, Full Gospel is a fellowship of churches and individuals from more than 40 U.S. states and over 300 international churches.

As Full Gospel’s presiding bishop, Walker will focus on global activism, personal accountability and making the black church relevant to younger generations.

Walker will remain the senior pastor of Mt. Zion, which he grew from a handful of congregants in 1992 to 30,000 members worshipping at three locations in Nashville.

Walker is also the founder of Nashville Unites, a community-wide effort to address social injustice amid the fatal shootings of unarmed black men by police officers.

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