Reverend Akil Dickens is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel AME Church. He served as the Senior Minister to Youth at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr. & Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning. In addition to his ministerial duties at Ebenezer he serves under the appointment of Bishop James Davis as the Director of Youth Ministries for the 2nd Episcopal District.
At Ebenezer he was responsible for managing youth programs and initiatives for the church’s 2,000 youth, teaching weekly Youth Bible Study, providing spiritual guidance and care needs to the youth in crisis, offering outreach and support services to area schools, and implementing innovative services and programs to uplift youth spiritually, mentally, socially and physically. He has organized and led youth conferences, college tours, and cultural excursions for youth across the region and has been called upon to speak at youth conferences, religious gatherings, church services, universities, and schools internationally.
Rev. Akil did his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and graduate studies at the Howard University School of Divinity. He is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Some of his leadership positions have included Religious Leader for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Maryland State Page for the Maryland General Assembly, County Executive’s Youth Advisory Council for Prince George’s County, Chaplain for Explorer Post of Southern Maryland, and Co-Chair for the Kiamasha Youth Empowerment Youth Organization to name a few.
He is the proud son of Kenneth and Carolyn Dickens and the brother to Brian and Kamilah Dickens.