Charles Wesley Jordan

Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan


United States

North Central Jurisdiction


Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1992-2000.

Bishop Jordan was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the Rev. David N. Jordan and Naomi Harper Jordan. His father was the pastor of McKinley M.E. Church in Dayton. He has a B.A. degree from Roosevelt University, a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and honorary degrees from Simpson, Morningside, and Rust Colleges.

Most of Bishop Jordan's ministry, prior to his election to the episcopacy, was served in the Northern Illinois Conference as a pastor of local churches, a District Superintendent, an Urban Missioner and a Conference Program Staff person. He has participated in many organizations and activities in the denomination and in the communities, he has served. He was elected to five General Conferences and chaired his conference delegation twice. He served eight years each on the General Board of Global Ministries and the General Council on Ministries. He was a member of the General Board of Church and Society, 1992-2000, and served as president, 1996-2000. He was the Episcopal representative on the North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Religion and Race, 1992-2000. He also served as trustee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (1982-97) and was elected a life trustee in 2000.

Charles Wesley Jordan was elected to the episcopacy in1992 by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. He was assigned as the bishop of the Iowa Area, where he served until his retirement, September 1, 2000.

He has been the Bishop in Residence at Claremont School of Theology since 2001. In Southern California, he currently serves on the board of Directors of Progressive Christians Uniting and is the convener of the Hope for the Children of Africa Committee of the California Pacific United Methodist Conference.

Bishop Jordan is married to Margaret Crawford Jordan, and they have two adult daughters, Diana and Charlie Jordan Brookins.