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Bishop J. Lloyd Knox’s Ties to Haiti

By Deborah A. McLeod

Bishop J. Lloyd Knox was also the pioneer of Haitian Ministry in The United Methodist Church in the United States. In 1982-1983, when he was District Superintendent in Miami, Florida, Knox recruited a young Haitian Educator, a refugee who fled a death threat from the Ton Ton Macoute, to lead the first Haitian Worshipping Congregation of the UMC in the U.S. at Grace UMC in Miami. Luc Dessieux was a leading layman of the Methodist Church of Haiti when he began Grace Haitian UM Mission. Rev. Luc Dessieux is now an elder of the UMC, Florida Conference. Submitted by Debbie McLeod, former SE District Superintendent (2002-2009)