Paine College Community mourns loss of Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, '48

Posted by ncarter | 05/23/2011 06:25 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, '48 the 39th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
Elected the 39th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL in 1978, Nathaniel L. Linsey was installed as Senior Bishop of the denomination at the 1994 General Conference held in Memphis, TN.   Bishop Linsey was born on July 24, 1926 in Atlanta, GA.  At the time of his election to the Episcopal office, he was completing his 12th year as General Secretary of the church's Department of Evangelism.

His pastorates before service as General Secretary of the Department of Evangelism included Thirgood CME Church, Birmingham, AL; Mattie E. Coleman CME Church, Knoxville, TN; Vanderhorst Memorial CME Church, Charleston, SC; Rock of Ages and St. Peter CME Churches, Walterboro, SC, and Halifax Circuit, Halifax, VA.   He also served the church as Presiding Elder of the Greenville District in the Carolina Conference and Presiding Elder of the Macon District in Georgia.

Bishop Linsey is a graduate of Paine College (BA), Augusta, GA.  He received the BD degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and the MA degree in Evangelism (with distinction) from Scarritt College, Nashville, TN.   Honorary degrees were awarded by Paine College, Miles College, and Texas College.

As Bishop, he has presided over the Seventh Episcopal District (1978-82)the Ninth Episcopal District (1982-1986), the Tenth Episcopal district (1986-1994), and the Second Episcopal District (1994-2002).   He has served as the Chair of the Department of Finance and Department of Evangelism, Missions and Human Concerns.  Bishop Linsey served as the the Patron Bishop for the Women's Missionary Council.  He served as five years as a past member of the Presidium.

Bishop Linsey is a renown ecumenist.  He represented the CME Church on the World Methodist Council and serves on the Presidium.   He was also on the Board of the World Council of Churches.

In response to the charge given him by the outgoing Senior Bishop, Caesar D. Coleman, at the 1994 General Conference, Bishop Linsey stressed his commitment to the program emphasis in Discipleship 2000, continued merger talks with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and his strong advocacy of a denomination that works together in unity in the cause of Christ.  Bishop Linsey was honorably retired at the 2002 General Conference.

Bishop Linsey is married to the former Mae (nee Mills) Linsey, and they are the parents of four children and have seven grandchildren.

The arrangements for Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, the 39th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, are as follows:
Visitation and Celebration of Life will be held at:
West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
560 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W.
Atlanta, GA  30314
The Rev. Frederick Braddock, Pastor
Telephone:  404-525-2337
Fax: 404-525-1575
Friday, May 27, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life:
Saturday, May 28, 2011, Noon
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
1199 Utoy Springs Road SW
Atlanta, Georgia  30331
Telephone: 404-349-3000
Fax: 404-349-5001