Bishop Dan Solomon
South Central Jurisdiction
Bishop Dan E. Solomon is a Retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1988-2000.
He was born in Matador, Texas, in the heart of Texas ranch country on December 15, 1936. His parents were lifelong Methodists, as were his ancestors. Lazarus Solomon, an Irish Jew, came to America and later served with George Washington. His son, John, was converted to Christianity by a Methodist Circuit Rider. John's firstborn, John Wesley Solomon, became the first Methodist preacher in a subsequent line of nine Methodist preachers.
A graduate of Tulia High School, Dan E. Solomon graduated in 1958 from McMurry College, Abilene, Texas, B.A., (summa cum laude) and from Perkins School of Theology, M. p. (with honors) in 1961. He received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in 1973. Both McMurry University and Perkins School of Theology have recognized him as a “Distinguished Alumnus.”
Following a year as an Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Plainview, Texas, Dan E. Solomon became the organizing Pastor of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas. Subsequent appointments were St. John's, Corpus Christi; Kerrville District Superintendent; Travis Park, San Antonio; and First United Methodist, Corpus Christi.
Solomon has chaired several General Conference legislative committees, as well as numerous Annual Conference boards and agencies. An author and lecturer, Solomon has been and continues to be active in civic and community work.
He was elected to the episcopacy in 1988 by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to the Oklahoma Area. In 1996, he was assigned to the Louisiana Area. In the 1996 quadrennium, he chaired the General Board of Global Ministries.
After retiring in 2000, Solomon served as the Bishop in Residence at McMurry University. He also served as President of the Texas United Methodist College Association.
Fully retired, golf, sports, and exercise are his primary relaxation pursuits. Marcia Solomon retired from her accounting firm, MAS Business Service. Bishop Solomon has two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.