Stan McKenzie is the Supervisor of Missions of the Thirteenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church which comprises the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. His wife, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the presiding bishop.
McKenzie learned the value of the fast break play in professional basketball in the NBA thirty years ago. The principle of the fast break is simple, beat the competition down the court to gain scoring advantage. The team that masters and executes the fast break wins the game. This has been his professional and personal philosophy both on and off the court.
The fast break principle came in handy as he served as the Episcopal Supervisor in the Eighteenth District in Southeast Africa covering the countries of Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique prior to coming to Tennessee and Kentucky. There he instituted an entrepreneur program to teach youth and young adults good business skills to help them gain advantage over those competing for the few available jobs in poor economic environments. He provided start-up funds for seven new businesses which included chicken farming, brick and candle making. The profits helped to build new churches, expand existing churches and mission houses. Participants earned wages and learned marketable skills. He also initiated a District wide service day that created hundreds of ministry opportunities for missionaries.
Drafted into the NBA in 1966, McKenzie played guard for many years on several teams: the former Baltimore Bullets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets. An NBA multi-record holder, McKenzie still holds the record of "Most Consecutive Free Throw Shooter" - beating out basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain.
After retiring from the NBA, he entered the field of human resources. He has more than two decades of experience in personnel services serving as Branch Manager for Career Blazers and HireOne. As manager, his day to day responsibilities included overseeing a multi-million dollar budget, writing U.S. government proposals, supervising and training staff; contract negotiations, client relations and streamlining and implementing security procedures.
McKenzie graduated from New York University and has also studied abroad at the University of Perugia in Italy focusing on international law. He has been inducted into NYU's Hall of Fame. A recipient of the Eagle Award in marketing and sales from Career Blazers Personnel Service, he has been honored by many organizations. He is a life-time member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.