Mrs. Camille Starnes
Mid-West Episcopal District,
Camille, a native of Knoxville, TN, is the fourth of seven children born to Rev. and Mrs. John R. Cullom, Sr. Her late father was an A.M.E. Zion Church minister for fifty years and her mother is a dedicated church worker. Camille, a product and graduate of the Knoxville public schools, attended several institutions of higher learning before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.
She gave her life to Christ on January 1, 1977 and has been faithful in her service to Him and His Church. She is married to the Rev. Darryl B. Starnes, a Presiding Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; They are the proud parents of three children: Alicia Courtney (Rodney), Millicent, and Darryl, Jr. and the grandparents of six: Mya, Kaiyon, Benjamin, Caleb, Jayelle, and Chloe.
Camille became an exhorter in 1992 and in 1998 a local preacher. Her other ministries included serving on a Stewardess Board; Coordinator of a Women’s Fellowship; a local Assistant Director of Evangelism; and as a member of the Young Adult Missionary Society. In 2005 she became a charter member of the newly established Wesley AME Zion Church in Harrisburg, NC, where her husband was the organizing pastor. At Wesley, she was a vital part of the ministerial staff and actively served on other organizations and ministries in the Church. For eleven years she worked in the Department of Church School Literature/ A.M.E. Zion Church.
In 2008, when her husband was elected a Bishop in the A.M.E. Zion Church, at the General Conference held in Atlanta, GA, they were assigned to the Southwestern Delta Episcopal District. At the 2012 General Conference, she and her husband became the Episcopal Leaders of the Mid-West Episcopal District. She has continued her exemplary Christian service when in September of 2014, she and her two daughters founded Naomi’s House of Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides holistic ministry to women who are victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.