Allyson Abrams

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      • Country: United States
      • Region: Silver Spring, Maryland
      • Studies: Motivational Speaker, Pastor
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    BIO for Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams, D. Min.


    Bishop Abrams adopted Detroit, Michigan as her hometown, but she was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She established deep roots in Detroit, where she raised her three college-aged children and served as an elected official on the Oak Park School Board, seminary adjunct professor, Vice President of a local NAACP, Detroit Public Schools police chaplain, Hospice chaplain, and numerous other clergy community capacities. She became the youngest female called to pastor a historic Black Baptist Church in Detroit where she served for over 5 years as Senior Pastor. Bishop Abrams was consecrated bishop in April 2012 and serves as presiding bishop of Pneuma Christian Fellowship. One Sunday morning during worship at her Detroit parish, Bishop Abrams disclosed that she married the woman she loved and proclaimed her authenticity as an LGBT bishop. Due to her proclaimed status, Bishop Abrams later resigned her position as senior pastor of her Detroit church to walk in her authenticity.  After much discrimination, hatred, and heterosexual bullying, Bishop Abrams relocated to the DMV and founded a radically inclusive ministry that celebrates all of God’s children. Empowerment Liberation Cathedral was founded in May 2014.

    Bishop Abrams graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She then attended Miles College Law School for two years before accepting her call to ministry.  She received a Master of Divinity in 2000 from United Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry from United Seminary in 2005.  Bishop Abrams is the author of 3 books.

    Bishop Abrams has served the Washington, D.C metropolitan community in numerous ways. By founding Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, she has re-opened the doors of the church for many in the LGBT community who have been wounded by the mainstream church. Her social justice advocacy continued in the DMV by serving on numerous boards, by teaching on panels and platforms on spirituality and sexuality, by talking about diversity and inclusion, and championing marriage equality nationwide.

    Bishop Abrams has spoken for Black Pride, NBJC, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Summit, Anne Arundel Community College, and others. Bishop Abrams and Empowerment Liberation Cathedral has been celebrated for being a voice for the voiceless and were bestowed the award for Best House of Worship for Washington Blade’s Best Of Gay DC and also Best Clergy in 2015. 

    Bishop Allyson Abrams is married to Bishop Emeritus Diana Williams and they have 3 adult children.


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