Bishop Jack Tuell dies at age 90

Bishop Jack Tuell

Bishop Jack Tuell

According to a report on, Bishop Jack Tuell, an expert on United Methodist polity, died this past Friday, January 10, 2014. The report originates from Bishop Grant Hagiya, who serves the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. According to earlier reports from Hagiya this past October, Tuell had been battling prostate cancer.

Trained first as a lawyer, Tuell heard a call to ministry and attended Boston University School of Theology for his theological education. Tuell served in local churches and as a district superintendent prior to his election as bishop in 1972. Tuell had been a delegate to the General Conferences of 1964-72, a member of the Commission to Study the Ministry 1972-76, and an alternate member of the Judicial Council 1964-1968.

Upon his election by the Western Jurisdictional Conference, Tuell served as the bishop of the Portland Episcopal Area for 8 years, and then moved to the Los Angeles Episcopal Area for the next 12 years. Tuell served on various boards and agencies prior to his retirement in 1992.

Tuell was known as an expert in United Methodist polity, and his book  “The Organization of The United Methodist Church” was the standard polity textbook for United Methodist pastors into the late 1990’s. Tuell was regularly asked by other bishops called to preside at General Conferences to offer help in the task of administering the conference because of his knowledge of church law.

Tuell is survived by his wife Marjorie, his three children, and five grandchildren.

Information on the funeral arrangements for Bishop Tuell were not available at this time.

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