Rev. Albert Lee Hezekiah Hyche
Ordained in 1976 in the West Alabama Conference by Bishop Phillip R. Cousin, the Reverend Albert Lee Hezekiah Hyche has served the African Methodist Episcopal Church “in His Steps” for over 41 years. While pastoring at Payne Chapel AME Church in Birmingham, AL, North Alabama Conference, The Reverend Hyche was appointed by Bishop Zedekiah L. Grady in 1997 as a Presiding Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This appointment was, ironically, made during the Annual Conference session of the West Alabama Conference in his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Such began his continued exemplary service for over 20 years leading pastors, ministers, licentiates and laypersons throughout the Birmingham-Florence, Montgomery-Selma; and, currently, South Birmingham Huntsville Bessemer Presiding Elder Districts in the State of Alabama.
A graduate of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa , AL and The Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, Presiding Elder Hyche also led the Birmingham City Schools Adult Education Program as Master Teacher/Principal till his retirement. There, Albert L. Hyche became affectionately named by his students as “ Mr. Joe Clark” because of his leadership and training style that they claimed resembled Principal Joe Clark of Eastside High in the movie, “Lean On Me” where the lowest-ranking school in the state successfully improved its scores under an ex-marine maverick. “That became a term of endearment for me,” says Presiding Elder Hyche, “ because they understood I wanted to help them turn their lives around so they could become educated, contributing members of society. Initially, this was a pioneer program. Our first formal graduation class was an attestant to the Center and program’s success.”
Presiding Elder Hyche’s famous saying is “Oftentimes we are standing in our own light and wondering why it’s dark.”
He is married to Atty. Ida Tyree Hyche and they have one daughter, Atty. Shade’ Alexandria Hyche Dixon of Georgia, and one son-in-law, Jiwann Dixon.