Herbert George Welch (Methodist Bishop)
Herbert George Welch (
November 7, 1862- April 4, 1969) was a prominent American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He was elected to the Episcopacyin 1916. He also distinguished himself as a Methodist Pastor, and as the fifth Presidentof Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.
Birth and Family
Herbert was born 7 November 1862 in New York City, New York. He was a
sonof Peter A. and Mary L. (nee Loveland) Welch. Herbert marriedAdelaide Frances McGee 3 June 1890. They had two daughters: Dorothy M. and Eleanor L.
Herbert attended the Brooklyn
Collegeand Polytechnic Institute in 1882. He earned the B.A.degree from Wesleyan Universityin 1887. He earned an M.A. from Wesleyan in 1890. He attended Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, earning the B.D.degree in 1890. He did postgraduatework at Oxford Universityin 1903.
Ordained and Academic Ministry
Herbert entered the New York
Annual Conferenceof the M.E. Churchand was appointed to Bedford Station in 1890. In 1892 he was appointed Pastor of St. Luke's M.E. Church in N.Y.C.He then transferred to the New York East Annual Conference, where he was appointed successively to: Summerfield in Brooklyn, 1893-98; Middletown, Connecticut, 1898-1903; and the Chester Hill M.E. Church in Mt. Vernon, New York, 1903-05.
In 1905 the Rev. Dr. Welsh transferred his Conference Membership again, this time to the West Ohio Annual Conference, when he was named the President of Ohio Wesleyan University. He served as President until becoming Bishop in 1916.
During 1907-1908, the Rev. Dr. Welch was President of the Association of Ohio College Presidents and Deans. He was also the President of the Methodist Social Service from 1909-1912, and later served as chairman of the Methodist Commission for Overseas Relief, 1940-1948.
The Rev. Dr. Herbert George Welch was elected and
consecrateda Bishop by the M.E. General Conference of 1916. He served in this capacity for 53 years until his death at the age of 106 in 1969.
His first episcopal assignment was to
Koreaand Japan(the Seoul Episcopal Area), where he served for twelve years. From 1928 until 1932 he was assigned the PittsburghArea. In 1932 he was sent to Chinafor his last assignment. He retired in 1936 from the active episcopacy.
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