C. Dale White

Bishop C. Dale White


Northeastern Jurisdiction

cob_hs_white_dale_spouse-150x150.jpg Bishop C. Dale White was a bishop in The United Methodist Church.

Born in Sac City, Iowa, he was the son of Daniel Columbus and Anna Frances Holladay White.

He received his B.A. from Morningside College. While attending Boston University School of Theology (S.T.B.), he served Calvary Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Ordained both deacon and elder by Bishop John Wesley Lord, Dale White joined the New England Southern Conference and served the appointments in Hingham and Stoughton; during this time he completed work on a Ph.D. at Boston University.

In 1961, Dale White became Associate General Secretary of the General Board of Christian Social Concerns and served in this capacity for seven years. He then was appointed to East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and after three years was designated District Superintendent of the Rhode Island-Eastern Massachusetts District of the Southern New England Annual Conference.

Dr. White published over 150 articles, pamphlets, and curriculum units, primarily on issues that required an interpretation of ethical, psychological, and theological data. He was editor of Dialogue in Medicine and Theology and for a number of years, he wrote a column for Teens in Together and United Methodists Today. His most recent book was Making a Just Peace: Human Rights and Domination Systems (1998: Cokesbury). In 1966 he was a delegate to the U. N. Population Conference in Yugoslavia and was a lecturer at the 1967 International Church and Society Conference in Germany. He was a delegate to the 1972 and 1976 General Conferences and was a member of the World Methodist Council. His honors included the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University School of Theology; the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of Boston University Graduate School; the Doctor of Ministry degree from Morningside College; and the Doctor of Humane Letters, Centenary College.

In 1976, C. Dale White was elected a bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference and he was assigned to the New Jersey Area. In 1984 he was assigned to the New York Area. Bishop White was a former director of the General Board of Global Ministries. He was also a member of the Board of Center for Theology and Public Policy, Pax World, the International Coordinating Committee for Religion and the Earth, and Population Communications International.

Bishop White retired September 1, 1992, at which time he undertook responsibilities as Consultant to the General Board of Global Ministries, World Division, coordinating the Africa Advocacy Project. For two years he directed the Urban Gardening Demonstration Project at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville. For four years he was pastor of St. Paul's UMC in Newport, RI.

On August 25, 1946, Gwen Horton and Dale White were married.

Gwen White passed on March 27, 2017, and Bishop Dale White passed on March 29, 2019.

They were the parents of six children: Lisa Lynn, Teresa Anne Pendl, David Norman, Rebecca Ruth Blair, Gerald Wesley (deceased), and Hazel Lescalleet, a foster daughter.