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Rev Cornelius Linton Henderson

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Rev Cornelius Linton Henderson

  • Birth 12 Sep 1934 Covington, Newton County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 7 Dec 2000 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial College Park, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Entombed
  • Memorial ID 6807388

Charismatic man of God and leader in the United Methodist Church born to a family of humble means who become the first African American United Methodist Resident Bishop for the Florida Conference, (1996-2000). Served as Pastor and District Superintendent (1967-1968) for the North Georgia Conference, United Methodist Church. Senior Pastor, Ben Hill United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia--the largest predominantly African-American United Methodist Church in the world at one time, (1976-1986, 1992-1993). President/Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary, (1993-1996). During his lifetime, Bishop Conelius L. Henderson pastored churches, served on numerous boards, chaired many committees and traveled world wide with his wife, Dorothye leaving behind a legacy of evangelism and love. A native of Covington, Georgia, Henderson attended Fort Valley State
College from 1952 to 1954. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark College (now Clark-Atlanta University), Atlanta, Georgia, in 1956. In 1959 he received a master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. He matriculated at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia in 1965, and received a Master of Sacred Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1969. Henderson later served as District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Emory and Atlanta North districts of the North Georgia (regional) Annual Conference; a staff member of the church wide Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tenn.;director of the North Georgia Program Council in the U.M.C.;President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and then elected a bishop in Florida by the church in the nine-state Southeastern Jurisdiction. He also founded the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta. Henderson's many honors include a Doctor of Divinity at Clark College, a Doctor of Divinity at Gammon Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Divinity at Bethune-Cookman College, a Doctor of Laws at Dillard University, a Doctor of Human Letters at Florida Southern College, and a Doctor of Divinity at Rust College. Also Henderson was featured in Ebony Magazine in 1993 as one of the most outstanding black ministers in America. His church pastorates included Ben Hill U.M.C in Atlanta, Georgia where the membership increased during his first tenure from 400 to over 4,500 members. During his second tenure as pastor the church membership later rose up to 16,700, making it at that time the largest predominantly African-American United Methodist congregation in the world. He also pastored Andrew Chapel U.M.C. in Jonesboro, Georgia, Laster Chapel U.M.C. in College Park, Georgia and pastor of church's in Griffin, Athens and Commerce, Georgia. Dr. Henderson's death in Dec. of 2000 after a long battle with cancer and kidney failure was a great loss to the United Methodist Church. At the time of his death, Henderson was serving on the Board of Trustees, Clark Atlanta University and was serving as chairperson of the Board of Directors. Clergy and laity, representing many different ethnic groups, denominations and parts of the United States, said goodbye to the Florida Conference Bishop days later at his funeral in Atlanta.


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  • Maintained by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 28 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6807388
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Cornelius Linton Henderson (12 Sep 1934–7 Dec 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6807388, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Jackson (contributor 46552524) .