Calvin H. Sydnor, III, D. Min., is the Editor of "The Christian Recorder," the official newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was elected to that position at the 47th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference that was held in Indianapolis, Indiana in July 2004 and was unanimously reelected at the 48th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference that was held in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008.
He attended Wilberforce University and received his baccalaureate degree from Cheyney University. He received his Master of Divinity Degree and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas) and the U.S. Army War College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania).
Dr. Sydnor developed the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Religious Studies at Hampton University and served as the Director of the from 1999 - 2004; He was also an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Religion and Leadership Studies.
Dr. Sydnor served as a United States Army Chaplain for twenty-eight years and provided pastoral care in support of soldiers and their families. He was awarded numerous military honors and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Parachutist Badge. He served in numerous locations in the United States, in Germany and was the Command Chaplain for the VII (U.S.) Corps and was assigned to that unit during deployment to Southwest Asia for Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990. During his last military assignment, Dr. Sydnor served as the Command Chaplain for United States Army Training and Doctrine Command where he provided pastoral leadership and technical supervision to the senior chaplains at the seventeen military installations located throughout the United States.
He is an experienced trainer of clergy in pastoral leadership, biblical theology, administration and organizational effectiveness. Prior to entering the United States Army, he served as the Dean of the Joint Pastors' Institute at Lane College providing theological education for ministers in the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion and Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas.
He is the author of the booklet; "Some thoughts on being an Effective Chaplain" published by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and "Understanding Islam" an individual study project, which is used as a supplemental text for Islam and World Religion classes at Hampton University.
He has published many articles in denominational periodicals and conducts marriage, values clarification, and ministers' retreats. Dr. Sydnor served on the Board of Trustees at Lexington Theological Seminary and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Sloan-Consortium and served as a Board member 2004 – 2011.
Dr. Sydnor is married to the Reverend Dr. Charlotte Ann (Blake) Sydnor, pastor of Woodford Chapel AME Church in Shelbyville, Tennessee. They were married on August 18, 1962 and are the parents of three grown children, Gloria, Calvin IV, and Christopher. They are the proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren: Calvin V, Corey, Ayanna, Denzel, Robert, Amara, Antoine, Krisana Ann, Antonio, Doryam, Anthony and Charia.