Paine College Alumnus, Bishop Marshall Gilmore, ’57, will Deliver Founders’ Day Address

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/11/2016 11:04 AM

Bishop Marshall Gilmore will deliver the Founders’ Day Convocation address at Paine College on Friday, February 12, 2016 in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The event, in observance of the 134th founding of the College, will commence at 10:30 a.m.   In keeping with tradition, the procession of the Administration, faculty, staff, program participants and graduating seniors will commence from Haygood Holsey Administration Hall and end at the Chapel. The Founders’ Day Convocation, traditionally held during the College’s Homecoming weekend, is open to the public.  For more information about the Homecoming celebration of activities, please visit

About Bishop Marshall Gilmore

Bishop Marshall Gilmore grew up in the Pleasant Hill C.M.E. Church in Hoffman, North Carolina. There he was baptized. He attended the public schools in Hoffman and later graduated from the West Southern Pines High School, North Carolina in 1949.  He enrolled in Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, in the fall of 1954.  By attending summer schools at Paine College and Allen University and Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina, he graduated from Paine with a BA degree in 1957.

While serving in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954, he was licensed first as an Exhorter in September 1953, and second, a Local Preacher on January 2, 1954.

While at Paine College, he was admitted on trail in the North Carolina Annual Conference and ordained Deacon in 1955 at St. Joseph C.M.E. Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Bishop Willam Yancey Bell.  His ordination  was in anticipation of  being assigned a pastoral charge, which came to pass when Bishop Arthur W. Womack assigned him to Hudson Memorial C.M.E. Church, Augusta, Georgia 1955.

In the North Carolina Annual Conference of 1956 meeting at Haines Institutional C.M.E. Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Bishop Bell ordained him Elder.

Bishop Gilmore entered the Theological School of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, in 1957, and graduated with the Master of Divinity degree  in 1960.  He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United  Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in 1974.  Several honorary degrees have been awarded to him.  Doctor of Divinity degrees were awarded by Texas College and the Interdenominational Theological Center.  Paine College awarded him the degree of Doctor of Laws and Letters, Lane College, the Doctor of Humane Letters, and Miles College the degree of Laws and Letters.

Upon being elected first in the largest class of bishops (5) ever elected, he went on to serve as pastor for Philips Temple C.M.E. Church, Dayton, Ohio where he served for eighteen years.  Under his guidance, Phillips Temple  witnessed a new facility, retired its debt, and purchased and paid for a parsonage.  This climaxed a series of successful pastorates in Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.

The General Conference of 1982 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, elected the Reverend Marshall Gilmore the 41st bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  From 1982 – 1994, he served as Presiding Bishop of the 4th Episocpal District (Louisiana and Mississippi) and from 1994 until June 2006, he served as Presiding Bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District (Texas).  The saving of Texas College, Tyler, with the help of the College of Bishops and church, remains a proud achievement.

On July 2, 2002, in the General Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, Bishop Gilmore was installed as Senior Bishop and later in 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was elected Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  by the Board of Director The CME Church.

Bishop Gilmore retired June 27, 2006, at the General Conference held in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was recalled January 2010 by the College of Bishops to preside over the Second Episcopal District (Ohio/Central Indiana, Western Pennsylvania and Kentucky) until the General Conference, June 2010, held in Mobile, Alabama.  He was recalled a second time by the College of Bishops in November 2013 to preside over the Seventh Episcopal District (North & South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York) until the 2014 General Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Bishop Gilmore is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Paine College; immediate past Chairman of the Board of the CME Church CDC; the Commissionon Disaster Relief, and a former member of the Commission on Pan Methodist Cooperation and Union.  He has served  as  Chair  of  the General Connectional Board;  the Board of Envangelism; the General Board of Personnel Services; the Committee On the Compilation of the  Book of Discipline; the New Day Housing Cooperative; and the Board of Trustees of Texas College.  He served also, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of M.I. College;  the Board of Trustees of the ITC, and as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Phillips School of Theology.

He edited The Book of Ritual (Pocket Edition);  and The Book of Ritual (Pew Edition).  He authored A Catechism For Members of The CME Church; A Bishop Chats With A New Pastor; The Local Church: Its Pastor, Officers And Their Ministries; A Larger Cathechism; Discipleship: In Principle and In Practice; The Pulpit And The Pew; and What Would Jesus Have Me Do?  And in 2014, he published his Memoir, From Bastard to Bishop: A Journey to Legitimacy.


Bishop Gilmore met on campus and later married a Paineite, the former Yvonne Dukes of Fitzgerald, Georgia.  They are the parents of two adult children, the Reverend John Marshall Gilmore and Mrs. Joan Michele (Jerome) Oglesby.  And, they are the grandparents of Marshell (Shelly) Yvonne Gilmore, Kenny Barnes and Daven Oglesby.