Robert F. Boyd Institute

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March 28-29, 2016

Awards one continuing education credit for clergy


Bishop Timothy W. "Tim" Whitaker


The Future Identity and Mission of the Church
Bishop Whitaker will address the historic changes in the relation of the church to the culture taking place today and propose an understanding of the identity and mission of the church that is rooted in Primitive Christianity and the Wesleyan heritage and that is relevant to the emerging new role of the church in westernized societies. Habits and practices which were developed in the past will need to be reformed in order for the church to be the church and to accomplish its mission now and in the future.

Bishop Timothy WhitakerAbout Bishop Whitaker

Bishop Timothy W. "Tim" Whitaker is a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church. He served as the Resident Bishop of the Florida Area for three terms, and prior to his consecration as bishop he served as an elder in the Virginia Conference. As a member of the Council of Bishops, among other responsibilities, he served as Chair of the Teaching Committee, Chair of the Task Force on In Search of Security, Chair of the Task Force on Renewing God's Creation, and the United Methodist Co-Chair of the Catholic-United Methodist Dialogue in the United States in 2008-2012.

He graduated summa cum laude from Millsaps College with a B.A. degree and summa cum laude from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a M.Div. degree. He has received honorary doctorates from Bethune-Cookman College and Florida Southern College.

Bishop Whitaker is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is married to Melba Jarvis and has two sons and five grandsons. His personal interests include the study of Christian origins, 20th century American poetry, and cycling.

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Kelly Roenker
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455


From Interstate 64 (East or West)

  • Take exit 282 to U.S. 13 N
  • Turn right on Wesleyan Drive
  • Turn right at the second traffic light (College Drive) on to campus
  • Turn left at the gate house, right at the traffic circle and left into the parking lot behind Boyd Dining Center

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