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Clement Willie Fugh, son of the late Reverend Joseph and Deborah Malone Fugh, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended the public elementary and high schools. He continued his education at Memphis State University (BBA in Economics and Finance), Boston University School of Theology (ThM in Pastoral Care), with additional studies at Atlanta University, Payne Theological Seminary, Memphis Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary (DMin as an “H. Beecher Hicks Scholar”).
Bishop Fugh, an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME CHURCH), has served as pastor of congregations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. He led Greater Bethel AME Church, Nashville, TN, in the erection of a state of the art multipurpose worship and service center, fulfilling a thirty year dream of that congregation.
At the 46th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the AME Church, held in July 2000, he was elected as its 5th General Secretary and Chief Information Officer. At the 49th General Conference, held in 2012, he was elected and consecrated the 131st Bishop of the AME Church. He was assigned general superintendent of the 14th Episcopal District, comprised of seven West African countries. In 2016 he was assigned presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District covering fifteen states from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.
A member of the World Methodist Council, he attended its quinquennium meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in 1986, its 2006 meeting in Seoul, South Korea, the 2013 Meeting of the Council in London, England, and the quinquennial held in Houston, Texas in 2016.
Among his significant accomplishments are: Secretary, Commission on Worship and Liturgy for the AME Church, which was responsible for producing and publishing the Bicentennial Hymnal and The AME Church Book of Worship; Secretary, Compilation Committee, The Doctrine and Discipline of the AME Church, 1988; Member, Core Strategic Planning Committee for the AME Church; Member, Editing and Correcting Committee, The Doctrine and Discipline of the AME Church, editions 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012; Secretary, Board of Trustees, Payne Theological Seminary; Contributor to Liberation and Unity, a COCU sponsored devotional; African American Devotional Bible; The Pastor’s Manual for the Twenty-First Century.
Bishop Fugh is married to Alexia Butler Fugh, a registered nurse and Clinical Research Consultant. They are the parents of two adult children, Marcia Fugh Joseph and Joseph Edward Fugh; son-in-law Paul Steven Joseph II; grandparents of a granddaughter, Taylor Joi Joseph, and grandson, Paul Steven Joseph III.
Mrs. Alexia Butler Fugh
Alexia Butler Fugh was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised by her Korean Grandfather until she was adopted by her parents, Hosea and Julia Butler at the age of 3 and 1/2 and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
She attended elementary schools in Rutherford County and graduated from Murfreesboro Central High School where she was active in numerous organizations and activities – most notably the Debate Team, Drama Team (member of the International Thespian Society), school choir, and the Girl’s Track Team.
She is a graduate of the Kentucky State University School of Nursing and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts with concentrations in English and Science.
Mrs. Fugh has been a Licensed Registered Nurse for over 34 years. Her clinical nursing specialties are: Surgical Trauma ICU, Diabetes, and Oncology/Chemotherapy. For the past 16 years Mrs. Fugh has worked as a Senior Clinical Research Associate (Sr. CRA) in the pharmaceutical research industry. Mrs. Fugh is presently an independent contract Sr. CRA and works on several research trials. Professionally, she is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
Growing up, Mrs. Fugh was a member of Key United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN, where she was an active member of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). She became a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church when she married her husband, Reverend Clement W. Fugh. She has taken pride in participating in the life of the churches where her husband has been assigned. She believes first and foremost, that ministry is about being a servant to God’s people and not about being served.
She has been an active member of the Women’s Missionary Society and served as local missionary president and Area Chairperson. She has been Chairperson of Women’s Day, a regular contributor to the Children’s Message, and has been guest speaker at various churches. Mrs. Fugh took great pride in being the First Lady and hostess at Greater Bethel AME Church during the dedication celebrations and festivities surrounding the opening of the newly built Greater Bethel AME Church in October 1994.
On July 2, 2012, Reverend Fugh was elected the 131st Bishop of the AME Church and was consecrated on July 4, 2012. Bishop Clement and Supervisor Alexia were assigned to the 14th Episcopal District, which includes Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Corte D’Ivoire and Togo-Benin.
Bishop and Mrs Fugh have been happily married for over 39 years. They are the proud parents of two beautiful and talented adult children: Marcia Dionne Fugh-Joseph and Joseph Edward Fugh. Eight years ago the Fughs were honored to welcome son-in-law, Paul Stephen Joseph into their family. They are also proud and doting grandparents to 5 year old, Miss Taylor Joi Joseph and 1 year old Mr. Paul Steven Joseph, III.
Mrs. Fugh is always amazed at the grace of God, when she looks over her life and realizes how God orchestrated her life events. God has kept her, blessed her and protected her. She feels her life, is a testimony of an AWESOME God!