Willimons Honored by Huntingdon President

March 09, 2006

Montgomery, AL -- During the Huntingdon College Founders Day Convocation held in February, Huntingdon President J. Cameron West honored Will and Patsy Willimon with the President's Medallion. Willimon is the current Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and the former Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School. Patsy Parker Willimon worked with her husband at Duke University, where she was the manager of the Cokesbury Bookstore at Duke Divinity School.


The Willimons recently endowed the new Bishop's Lectureship in Christian Higher Education, to be presented annually during the Founders Day Convocation. The medallion was given on the occasion of the first of these lectures, presented by Millsaps College President Frances Lucas on the topic, "Lives of Consequence." The 2006 Founders Day activities marked the College's 150th year of operation and 152nd year since its charter.

Bishop Willimon is the author of more than 60 books and 600 articles and is the editor-at-large for The Christian Century. His book, Worship is Pastoral Care, was selected by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors. A 1996 international survey conducted by Baylor University named Bishop Willimon one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world. His Pulpit Resource is used by more than 8,000 pastors in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Bishop Willimon is a member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees. Patsy Willimon provided a "wealth of intellectual and pastoral resources for the practice of Christian ministry [in her role as bookstore manager]," said West.

"By providing this lectureship," said West, "the Willimons have made a contribution to the intellectual enrichment of our students that will be felt in perpetuity. Their foresight and generosity will make it possible for generations of students to celebrate annually the College's hallmarks of faith, wisdom, and service, and its motto, 'Enter to grow in wisdom, go forth to apply wisdom in service.'"

Huntingdon College is a community of faith, wisdom, and service preparing skilled leaders to serve a complex world. Founded in 1854, the College is a coeducational liberal arts college of the United Methodist Church.

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