REV. DR. CEDRICK D. BRIDGEFORTH is a pastor, author, educator, writer, consultant, and public speaker. Bridgeforth, a native of Decatur, Alabama, has pastored Bowen Memorial, Crenshaw and Santa Ana United Methodist Churches. He is a former District Superintendent in the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church with oversight of 84 congregations and approximately 12,000 congregants. Currently, Bridgeforth is the Principal/Founder of 20/20 Leadership Lessons and serves as Director of Academic Programs at the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies at the University of La Verne.
Bridgeforth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Samford University, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine.
For two years, Rev. Bridgeforth served as national chairman for Black Methodist Church Renewal (BMCR), the caucus that advocates for the unique needs of Black people in the United Methodist church.
Bridgeforth is also a veteran of the United States Air Force and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, U.S. Vets of Los Angeles, and has served on the United Methodist Church’s Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group. He has volunteered with the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, Boy Scouts of America, Project Alpha, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.