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
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.