Bishop Marshall Gilmore, was elected the 41st Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, he was born in Hoffman, NC, January 4, 1931.
Bishop Gilmore was admitted on trial in 1955 by The North Carolina Annual Conference. He was ordained Deacon by Bishop William Yancy Bell that same year. The next year Bishop William Yancy Bell ordained him as an Elder. Bishop Gilmore is a leader with wisdom, and insite.
He graduated from West Southern Pines High School in NC in 1949, he entered military service, in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 – 1954 serving honorably. In 1954 He attended Paine College in Augusta, GA and graduated with a BA degree in 1957. Later he studied theology at the Theological School of Drew University, and was awarded his M.Div. degree in 1960. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in 1974. Bishop Gilmore Doctor of Divinity degree was awarded from Texas College and the Interdenominational Theological Center, his Alma Mater, Paine College, bestowed upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws and Letters.
Because of his distinguished and effective service in the pastoral ministry, Marshall Gilmore was elected to the Episcopacy in 1982 - the senior in the largest Episcopal class elected in the history of the church. His pastoral appointments carried him to Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. His last and most outstanding pastoral service was at the Phillips Temple CME Church of Dayton, OH where he led the congregation into the erection of a new edifice for which the mortgage was also liquidated.
Bishop, Marshall Gilmore served as Chair of the Department of Evangelism; and presently serves as Chair of the Department of Personnel Services. He was Vice-Chair of the General Connectional Board and was the representative of the CME Church on the Consultation on Church Union. He was also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Texas College and a member of the Board of Trustees at Paine College.
At the 1994 General Conference, Bishop Gilmore was assigned the Presiding Bishop of the 8th Episcopal District. At the General Conference in 2006, Bishop Marshall Gilmore was honorably retired.
He is Married to the former Yvonne Dukes, a native of Fitzgerald, GA, he is the father of two adult children, John Marshall and Joan Michele.
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