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Pfeiffer celebrates Academic Convocation with Bishop Larry Goodpaster

Resident Bishop of the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church to deliver keynote address

Bishop_Goodpaster__webLater this month, Pfeiffer University will celebrate its annual Opening Academic Convocation with Resident Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Larry M. Goodpaster (pictured right), who also serves as president of the Council of Bishops. The service will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 in the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on the Misenheimer campus.

Annually, Opening Academic Convocation is held to formally welcome new students to Pfeiffer University. The event signals the beginning of students' academic careers at their new institution and provides an opportunity to officially introduce them to the campus community.

Ordained a deacon in 1971 and an elder in 1974 in the North Mississippi Conference, Goodpaster served as a pastor in Mississippi for the next 27 years. At the time of his election to the episcopacy, he was senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Miss. He was a delegate to three general conferences, four jurisdictional conferences, and was elected to the episcopacy at the 2000 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Conference, where he served until 2008 when he was assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference.  In May 2010, Goodpaster assumed the role as president of the Council of Bishops.  This two-year term is in addition to his leadership as Bishop of the Western N.C. Conference.

Goodpaster, 62, was born in Memphis, Tenn. and spent his childhood in northern Indiana before moving to Senatobia, Miss., where he graduated from high school. He earned his B.A. degree from Millsaps College in 1970, his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1973, and his Doctorate of Ministry, also from Emory's Candler, in 1982. He has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. and Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala. 

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. Visit Pfeiffer online at

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