J. Woodrow Hearn

Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn


South Central Jurisdiction


J. Woodrow Hearn was a retired bishop in The United Methodist Church.

He was born in McIntyre, Louisiana. After receiving an A.B. degree from Louisiana Tech University, he attended Boston University School of Theology from which he earned an M.S.T. and a Th. D. in Social Ethics. He also did graduate studies in New Testament at Harvard Divinity School.

Woodrow Hearn was ordained deacon by Bishop John Wesley Lord and elder by Bishop Paul E. Martin. He joined the Louisiana Annual Conference as a Probationary Member and served the following appointments: Davidson Memorial, Lafayette; Associate Minister at First Church, Shreveport; Elysian Fields, New Orleans; Executive Director, Fort Worth Council of Churches; Conference Council Director; District Superintendent, Lake Charles District; First Church, Baton Rouge. Dr. Hearn was also Secretary of the Louisiana Annual Conference.

Woodrow Hearn served on the General Council on Ministries for two quadrennia (1976-84) and on the General Board of Global Ministries, 1984-1992. He was President of the Board from 1988-1992.

J. Woodrow Hearn was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in July 1984. He was assigned to the Nebraska Area for 1984-1992. In 1992, he was assigned to the Houston Area where he served until his retirement in 2000.

Anne Connaughton and Woodrow Hearn were married on August 24, 1952.

Bishop Hearn passed on August 31, 2020 and Mrs. Anne Hearn passed on December 17, 2020.

They had four children: Mark, Paul, Diana, and Bruce.