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Mississippi's United Methodist leader introduces himself

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was a historic day on Sunday, as Mississippi United Methodists heard from the state's first African-American leader of the denomination.

Bishop James Swanson Sr. held a press conference at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson to introduce himself to the community.

He comes to Mississippi from Knoxville, Tennessee.

He plans to travel the state to meet with Methodist congregations.

"I have found very positive here. I've seen bright spots all over the state where United Methodists are making a difference on behalf of Christ, and not only just in the churches but in the communities where they serve," said Swanson during the press conference.

There are more than 1,100 United Methodist churches in Mississippi.

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