Bishop Paul Andrews Duffey


Retired Bishop Paul Andrews Duffey died on Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Services for Bishop Duffey will be held Friday, March 23, 2012, at Montgomery First United Methodist Church.

  • Visitation will be held in the church fellowship hall at 10 a.m.
  • A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
  • A private burial will be held prior to the services.

Bishop Duffey was a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a life emeritus trustee.  During his ministry, he served pastoral appointments in the Tennessee and Alabama-West Florida Conferences before being elected a Bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 1976. He was assigned to the Louisville Area and served eight years. He was also Secretary of the Council of Bishops 1984-1988.

Below is his complete bio from the Council of Bishops.

Paul Andrews Duffey began life in Brownsville, Tennessee. After attending the University of Alabama, he finished his A.B. degree at Birmingham-Southern College. His alma mater has awarded him an honorary doctorate and elected him a life trustee where he was formerly chairman of the board. He also has been awarded honorary degrees from Union College (LH.D.) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (LL.D.) A Distinguished Service Award was given him by Lindsey Wilson College and the Trustees Award by Sue Bennett College. Huntington College conferred an honorary degree upon him in May, 2000.

While serving a student appointment, Paul Duffey received his M. Div. from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. Before finishing his formal education he had already joined the Tennessee Annual Conference where he was ordained deacon and elder, both times by Bishop Paul B. Kern. He served the Chapel Hill Circuit in the Tennessee Conference, then served six different appointments in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference: Abbeville; First Church, Marion; Dexter Avenue, Montgomery; First Church, Pensacola: First Church, Dothan; First Church, Montgomery.

He has been very active in national Methodism: The Coordinating Council / Program Council / General Council on Ministries; the General Conference Commission to Study the Ministry; he was elected to the Judicial Council by the General Conference. He is a philatelist and likes to relax with golf.

In 1976 Paul Duffey was named District Superintendent of the Montgomery District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference where he was serving at the time of his election to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. He was assigned to the Louisville Area and served eight years. He was also Secretary of the Council of Bishops 1984-1988.

Louise Calhoun (1921-2010) and Paul Duffey were married in Selma, Alabama on June 20, 1944. Their children are Melanie Claire Duffey (Mrs. David N. Hutto, Jr.) and Paul A. Duffey, Jr. There are five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Please remember the Duffey family and friends in your prayers.

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