Former Mississippi and Kentucky bishop passes

The following was posted today on the Northern Alabama Annual Conference website:

Bishop Robert Morgan preaches at the 2000 General Conference. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Bishop Robert Morgan preaches at the 2000 General Conference. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Bishop Robert C. Morgan died March 16, 2014.

The arrangements are as follows:
  • The funeral will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Vestavia Hills UMC.
  • Visitation will precede the funeral from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Bishop Morgan was born in Birmingham, AL. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College. He received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was the recipient of six honorary doctorates in addition to one from his own alma mater, Birmingham-Southern College.

During his ministry, he served pastoral appointments in North Alabama and as the District Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa District. Bishop Morgan was Senior Pastor of Vestavia Hills UMC at the time of his election to the episcopacy.

The Southeastern Jurisdiction elected him a bishop of the United Methodist Church on July 19, 1984. He was assigned to the Mississippi Area of the United Methodist Church, where he served for eight years. During Bishop Morgan’s tenure in the Mississippi Area, the two former annual conferences of the area were merged into one statewide annual conference. In July 1992, he was assigned to the Louisville Area where he served until his retirement in September 2000. During his tenure in Kentucky, the Louisville and Kentucky Annual Conferences were merged into one annual conference.

He was president of the General Board of Church and Society, a member of the General Board of Discipleship and the General Board of Global Ministries. He served as president of the Southeastern College of Bishops and as president of the worldwide Council of Bishops.

Following his retirement, he and his wife Martha returned to Birmingham where he served as bishop-in-residence and a faculty member at Birmingham-Southern College.

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett says, “Bishop Morgan has shown remarkable leadership to the church across the years.  He will be sorely missed by the North Alabama Conference, the Council of Bishops and the church as a whole.”

Please remember the Morgan family in your prayers during this time.

UMReporter Staff

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