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Personalia (April 8, 2004)

Personalia (April 8, 2004)

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service


April 8, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140    Orlando  {0055b}

An e-Review News Item
By J.A. Buchholz**

Bishop Robert E. Fannin announced as Florida Southern College bishop in residence

LAKELAND - Bishop Robert E. Fannin, a 1958 Florida Southern College (FSC) graduate and former senior minister of First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, will become bishop in residence at FSC in September following his retirement.

Fannin is currently the presiding bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Fannin as our bishop in residence," said FSC President Dr. Thomas Reuschling. "He will be extraordinarily valuable in our church relation efforts because of his high stature in the Florida Conference."

Following completion of his master's and doctoral studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Fannin served Florida Conference churches in Lake Alfred, Gainesville, Stuart, Lakeland and Miami, where he also served as Miami District superintendent. He was involved there as a member of the Hispanic Social Services board of directors, trustee of the South Florida Center for Theological Studies and the Haitian Advisory Council, and member of the coalition of Religious Leaders in Miami. To honor his work, Metropolitan Dade County declared June 9, 1991, Dr. Robert E. Fannin Day. Upon election to the Episcopacy at the 1992 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Fannin was assigned to the Birmingham area.

In addition to serving for multiple years as a delegate to General, Jurisdictional and World Methodist conferences and on various denominational boards and agencies, Fannin serves as president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Court of Appeals and on the boards of trustees of Birmingham-Southern College, Bethune-Cookman College and Huntingdon College. He is also a past president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council and chair of its finance committee.

Fannin and his wife, Faye Thomas Fannin, whom he met at FSC, are looking forward to their return to Lakeland after 12 years in Birmingham. "We hope to serve the FSC community in any way we are needed," the bishop said. "Our experiences at FSC were significant in the molding of our lives."

*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.