Bishop Louis Hunter Sr. appointed the Rev. Dr. William C. King Jr. to serve as pastor of Price Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave.
He formerly was pastor of Greater Emmanuel A.M.E. Zion Church in Aliquippa, Pa.; West End A.M.E. Zion Church in Pittsburgh; and Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Zion Church in Bedford, Pa.
Dr. King and his wife, Ruthie, will be welcomed during a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church. The event is open to all.
The Rev. Dr. King was raised in the A.M.E. Zion Church and served for more than 15 years on the board of trustees at Homewood A.M.E. Zion Church in Pittsburgh.
He also served as legal counsel for the Western West Africa Episcopal District and the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal under the leadership of Bishop Marshall Haywood Strickland.
Through his legal representation, the first chapel and auditorium was built for the Aggrey Memorial Secondary School in Cape Coast, Ghana.
From July 2000 to July 2004, he served as vice president of the Judicial Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
In July 2012, at the 49th Quadrennial Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, he was re-elected a member of the Judicial Council.
Dr. King is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., with a bachelor’s in biology and earned a juris doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.
He was admitted to the bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in October 1979.
For more than 25 years, his practice concentrated in personal injury and municipal financing as co-bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel.
He was the first minority attorney to serve as bond counsel for a general obligation bond in the city of Pittsburgh.
He is a paralegal for the personal-injury firm of Goodrich and Geist in Pittsburgh.
He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He serves on the board of directors for The Center that C.A.R.E.S. Inc. in Pittsburgh.
He is president of the Thomas Lloyd King Scholarship Fund that provides book scholarships to high school seniors entering college and post-secondary education.
He is a past master of Golden Star Lodge 147, Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. He is also a 32nd degree Prince Hall Mason.
He is the former director of Western Area Prince Hall Temple Association.
He and his wife have three children and three grandchildren.
Mrs. King is a member in the A.M.E. Zion Church on the local and connectional level.
As a former member of Greater Emmanuel A.M.E. Zion Church in Aliquippa, she served as the local director of Christian education, Sunday school teacher and the co-chairperson for the Health and Wellness Ministry. She is the Christian education director of the Akron District of the Ohio Annual Conference.
Mrs. King is vice president of Assembly of Christian Educators.
During the 49th Quadrennial General Conference in July 2012, Bishop Louis Hunter Sr. appointed her to the international executive board of Christian education of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. This executive board exercises administration of Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, S.C.; Lomax –Hannon Seminary in Greenville, Ala.; Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C.; A.M.E. Zion University in Monrovia Liberia, West Africa; and Hood-Speaks Theological Seminary in Nigeria.
In 2010 as executive director of Urban Youth Action Inc., a delegation of inner city youth, she oversaw a yearlong study of international business in preparation for a 15-day business and cultural exchange excursion to Beijing, China. The delegation received the 2010 Gold Star Award from the National Council of International Visitors.
As the former director of educational partnerships with UPMC Corporate Services, Mrs. King developed workforce development partnerships with school districts, community colleges and universities to create a talent pipeline to meet business needs and to fill positions in health care.
In 1997, she joined UPMC as director of Cultural Diversity Programs and co-developed the diversity plan adopted by the UPMC board.
Mrs. King is a life member of the NAACP. A member of Junior League of Pittsburgh, she is past president of Pittsburgh alumni chapter.
Mrs. King has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a bachelor’s in health care administration and planning from Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.