"As pastor, bishop, president of the National Council of Churches, and leader in the World Council of Churches, Martin made a lasting mark on twentieth century Methodism, and indeed on global Christianity. He was the last surviving bishop of The...
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"As pastor, bishop, president of the National Council of Churches, and leader in the World Council of Churches, Martin made a lasting mark on twentieth century Methodism, and indeed on global Christianity. He was the last surviving bishop of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and his death in 1984 marked the end of an era. Yet he carried into the living memory of today's United Methodist Church the grand old heritage of the "Southern" bishop: authoritative in leadership, vigorous in intellect, and deeply respectful of tradition." "Martin's story from rural childhood to global ecumenical leader illuminates and in many ways exemplifies the story of Methodism in the twentieth century. His life will be of interest not only to students of Methodist history and those whose lives were touched by his, but to all those who care about how Wesley's evangelical engagement with the world came to be embodied in its present forms."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Brother Will is a biography of Bishop William C. Martin of The United Methodist Church. He served in the episcopacy in California, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. Prior to being consecrated bishop, Martin served numerous churches, including First United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas. Bishop Martin served as president of the National Council of Churches and of the Council of Bishops. He was also Bishop in Residence at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas.
JAMES E. KIRBY is Professor of Church History at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology.