Charles Crutchfield

Bishop Charles Crutchfield


United States

South Central Jurisdiction


Bishop Charles N. Crutchfield is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church in which he served from 2004-2012.

He was born in Liberal, Kansas, the son, grandson, and great-grandson of Methodist ministers. He attended Southern Methodist University (B.A.); Duke Divinity School, Duke University (M.Div.); and did post-graduate studies in New Testament at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland. Charles was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, in 1996.

Charles was ordained deacon in the Oklahoma Conference, but because of schedule difficulties, the ordination was performed by Bishop W. Angie Smith during a session of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. He was ordained elder in the New Mexico Conference by Bishop Alsie Carleton. Charles served in the New Mexico Conference from 1969 until his election to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2004.

Prior to his election to the episcopacy, Charles was elected to serve as a delegate to the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 General Conferences of the UMC.In September 1, 2004, he began serving the Arkansas Area.

Charles' hobbies include hiking, backpacking, alpine skiing, reading history, gourmet cooking, and travel.

Charles and Karen Jenkins were married on Aug. 24, 1968, and spent the academic year attending the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Daughter Melissa has served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon and currently works for UMCOR in Washington, DC. Son Scott was born in 1971 and died in 1999 of a brain tumor. Grandchildren Adam Wesley Crutchfield and Heather Holland live in Weaverville, NC, with parents Steve and Alexandra (Crutchfield) Holland.