|Robert E. Fannin, M. Div and Doctor of Sacred Theology|
Bishop of the United Methodist Church
Chairman of the Board of the Jerusalem Center
for Biblical Studies, Lakeland, FL
Robert Fannin was born in Ashland, KY, and spent his childhood in Brooksville, FL. He received a B. S. in Business Adminstration from Florida Southern College.
Following completion of his master's and doctoral studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Fannin served in the Florida Annual Conference of UMC in Lake Alfred, Gainesville, Stuart, Lakeland and Miami, where he was district superintendent of the Miami district. Upon election to the Episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 1992, Fannin was assigned to the Birmingham area.
Fannin was a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conference in 1984, 1988 and 1992, and to the World Methodist Conference in 1986, 1992, 1997 and 2002. He serves as vice-chair of World Evangelism of the World Methodist Council; vice-chair of General Council on Finance and Administration; vice-chair of Emory University Board of Trustees; and president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Court of Appeals. He is a board member of several national boards and agencies of UMC including the General Council on Ministries and Board of Higher Education and Ministry; and presently serves on the board of trustees of Birmingham-Southern College, Bethune-Cookman College and Huntingdon College.
Fannin and his wife, Faye Thomas Fannin, are enjoying "retirement" in Lakeland, FL. He continues to serve in retirement as Bishop in Residence at Florida Southern College.