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J. A. Gregg, American bishop. Recipient Award for Merit by secretary of Army Kenneth C. Royall, 1947; Citation by University of Kansas, 1948. President Florida State Teachers Association, 1916, National Association Preachers in Colored Schools, 1922, African Methodist Episcopal College Presidents Association, 1922-1924.


Gregg, J. A. was born on February 18, 1877 in Eureka, Kansas, United States. Son of Alexander and Eliza Frances (Allen) Gregg.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, 1902.


School teacher, Oskaloosa, Kansas, 1902-1903. Ordained to ministry of African Methodist Episcopal Church. Pastor, Emporia, Kansas, 1903.

Missionary teacher, Cape Town, South Africa, 1903-1906. Pastor, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906-1908, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1908-1913. President Edwards College, Jacksonville, Florida, 1913-1920, Wilberforce U., 1920-1924.

Elected bishop, 1924. Assigned 17th Episcopal District, South Africa, 1924-1928, 5th Episcopal District, 1928-1936, 4th Episcopal District, 1936-1948, 11th Episcopal District since 1948. President Bishops Council African Mechanical Engineering Church since 1948.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (pamphlets) Christian Brotherhood, 1930. Superlative Righteousness, 1944. Of Men and Of Arms, 1945.Delivered keynote address 8th Worlds Christian Endeavor, Berlin, Germany, 1930, invocation National Republican Convention, Philadelphia, 1940. By invitation of the president visited all war fronts, except Alaska, representing Fraternal Council of Negro Churches, 1943-1944.


Served as sergeant, later second lieutenant, 23d Kansas Volunteers, during Spanish-American War. President trustee bd, Payne Theological Seminary (Wilberforce U.). Member Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Pi Phi.

Mason, Knight of Pythias, Elk.


Married Celia Ann Nelson, August 20, 1900 (died 1941). Married second, Mistress.

Alexander Gregg

Eliza Frances (Allen) Gregg

Celia Ann Nelson