The United Methodist Church
North Alabama Conference
William H. Willimon was elected in July 2004 as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He leads the 149,860 Methodists and 784 pastors in North Alabama. He was formerly dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University.
William received his BA from Wofford College in 1968, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School in 1971, and a doctor of sacred theology from Emory in 1973. He has served as a pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. For four years, beginning in 1976, he served as assistant professor of liturgy and worship at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics, and served as director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke and presiding minister in the Divinity School Chapel. After returning to parish ministry in 1980, he taught concurrently as associate professor of liturgy and worship at Duke for three years.
Bishop Willimon has been awarded several honorary degrees. In 1992 he was named the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He serves on the boards of several colleges and universities. He is the author of over sixty books.
He was elected as an Emory trustee in 2004.