PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Rev. Dr. Jong Chun “J.C.” Park

Rev. Dr. Jong Chun (J.C.) Park is a Korean Methodist pastor serving the Methodist Theological University in Seoul for 30 years in the position of professor and president. He graduated from Emory University and received a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. He has published five books and many articles. His most recent academic work is Systematic Theology as Church Didactics: theologia cordis dei. J.C.’s first experience of the World Methodist Council was the 1991 Singapore conference. He has been the chair of the Theological Education committee of WMC as well as the co-chair of Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. J.C. is a prominent Christian leader working for the Methodist Churches in Asia and the Ecumenical Churches in Korea. He is committed to revitalizing churches through affirming the worldwide Methodist unity in fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples through vibrant evangelism and prophetic engagement.

Past Presidents of the Council

YearNameNationality
1881Rev. E.E. JenkinsUnited Kingdom (British Wesleyan Church)
Bishop Matthew SimpsonUnited States (Methodist Episcopal Church
1891Bishop John  F. HurstUnited States (Methodist Episcopal Church)
1901Rev. W. T. DavidsonUnited Kingdom (Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Bishop John F. HurstUnited States (Methodist Episcopal Church)
1911Bishop E. E. HossUnited States (Methodist Episcopal Church, South)
1921Rev.  John E. WakerleyUnited Kingdom (Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Bishop J.W. HamiltonUnited States (Methodist Episcopal Church)
1931Rev. F. Luke WisemanUnited Kingdom (Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Bishop F.D.  LeeteUnited States (Methodist Episcopal Church)
1947Rev. Wilbert F. HowardUnited Kingdom (Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Bishop Ivan Lee HoltUnited States (The Methodist Church)
1951-1956Bishop Ivan Lee HoltUnited States (The Methodist Church)
1956-1961Rev. Dr. Harold RobertsUnited Kingdom (The Methodist Church)
1961-1966Bishop Fred Pierce CorsonUnited States (The Methodist Church)
1966-1970Bishop Odd HagenSweden (United Methodist Church)
1970-1971Dr. Charles C. ParlinUnited States (United Methodist Church)
1971-1976Bishop Prince A. TaylorUnited States (United Methodist Church)
1976-1981Rev. Dr. Kenneth GreetUnited Kingdom (The Methodist Church)
1981-1986Bishop William R. CannonUnited States (United Methodist Church)
1986-1991Bishop Lawi ImathiuKenya (Methodist Church in Kenya)
1991-1996Rev. Dr. Donald EnglishUnited Kingdom (The Methodist Church)
1996-2001Dr. Frances AlguireUnited States (United Methodist Church)
2001-2006His Eminence Sunday MbangNigeria (Methodist Church of Nigeria)
2006-2011Rev. Dr. John C.A. BarettUnited Kingdom (The Methodist Church)
2011-2016Bishop Paulo de Tarso Oliveira LockmannThe Methodist Church of Brazil

Note: Until 1956, the Chief officer of the Ecumenical Methodist Conference/World Methodist Council was the chair of the Executive Committee of the Conference.  The Western (United States) and Eastern (Great Britain) sections would nominate co-chairs in most years to lead the Executive Committee.