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Theologian, writer, former dean of the Chapel at Duke University, Methodist bishop

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon

William H. Willimon is a Bishop in The United Methodist Church in the USA, currently serving in North Alabama. He is best known as a theologian, writer, former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, and as one of America's best known preachers. He has also taught at the Cathedral College.

With his stress on the wisdom of the Church through the centuries, he is sometimes associated with the paleo-orthodox movement. He has also been associated with the narrative theology movement.

He was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 and has written more than 50 books, garnering a reputation as an outstanding preacher, being named in a 1996 Baylor University survey along with Billy Graham as one of the 12 best preachers in the English-speaking world.  Some of this books include Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, Resident Aliens:  Life in the Christian Colony (with Stanley Hauerwas), Calling & Character:  Virtues of the Ordained Life, and Rekindling the Flame:  Strategies for Vital United Methodism (with Robert L. Wilson).

Bishop Willimon received a B.A. from Wofford College in 1968, an M. Div from Yale Divinity School in 1971, and an S.T.D. from Emory University in 1973. He has also received several honorary doctorates.

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