Bishop Lawrence McCleskey

Africa University


CARMEL, Ind. – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced the naming of the Rev. Bill Keith, senior pastor of St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel, as the chair of an Africa University Campaign task force during a dinner meeting Oct. 9 attended by more than 30 advocates of AU in Carmel.

The targeted goal of the campaign is to raise $1.6-million for an endowed professorship and at least four endowed scholarships for United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Retired Bishop Lawrence McCleskey of Lake Junaluska, N.C., executive vice-president of the Africa University Development Office, talked about the university and will assist the conference in raising the funds for the university.

The campaign will be formally launched during the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session next June 6-8 in Indianapolis, where the Africa University Choir will perform during a concert and assist in session worship services.

AU celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The former Indiana conferences raised money to build four student residence halls at the university two decades ago. Since its beginning, AU has graduated more than 4,000 students. Currently, AU has 1,600 students from 25 African countries. For more information about AU, visit