Your host, Archbishop Mary Floyd Palmer, our ‘Bishop Mary’
“God does not begin anything in you that He doesn’t equip and anoint you to complete in Him. Therefore, remain steadfast–no matter what!” Philippians 1:6 and I Cor. 15:58 (paraphrased)
Archbishop Mary has served faithfully in Ministry over 50 years.
As the eldest daughter of the ‘Dean of Evangelism,’ the late Rev. Dr. Melvin Floyd and Elizabeth, she grew up with her family’s mantle of ‘grass roots evangelism.’ Archbishop Mary has been actively involved with ministry since singing in the children’s choir at the age of three. A multi-instrument Musician, Choir Director and Gospel Singer, she still has a passion for music that she brings to her ministry and local community choirs and to her award-winning show!
Licensed and ordained her as a gospel preacher by her father and pastor, Bishop Mary has served in every position of the Church, becoming a Bishop in 2009. .
Bishop Mary made history in 2019 when she was consecrated and ordained as the first African American female Archbishop in the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the United States as recorded in the U.S. Congressional record and honored with celebrations here, nationally and internationally in Jamaica and Paris, France.
Through her calling she’s founded local ministries that serve thousands, created programming for students, young children and families, and founded the Community Healing Project 4All, Inc. helping struggling neighbors.
She’s served our community in law enforcement as a Police Officer and Corporate Training Officer; as a weekly pro bono Instructor for male inmates at SCI-Chester since its opening in 1998; and as a sworn Deputy Sheriff Clergy to Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal (2020).
She is tireless in her work with local civic and professional groups.
A family woman who resides in Germantown, she is a mother of five adult children, grandmother of seven and brand new great-grandmother of Isaiah (1/10/21). A 1980 Suma Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious Philadelphia High School For Girls exemplifies her academic achievements to include a conferred Doctor of Ministry degree in 2016 and Ph.D. in Humane Letters in 2020.
Read Archbishop Mary’s full story and her list of service and accolades here