Bishop Marshall Meadors
A native of South Carolina, Marshall L. (Jack) Meadors is a graduate of Wofford College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He holds honorary degrees from Wofford, Columbia, Rust, and Millsaps and Rocky Mountain Colleges. For 34 years he served as pastor and district superintendent in South Carolina. In 1992 he was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to the Mississippi Area where he served until his retirement in 2000.
Jack's civic involvement in South Carolina included membership on the Anderson County School Board, a position for which he was twice chosen in general elections. Governor Richard Riley appointed him to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and then to the South Carolina Commission on Aging, which he chaired for five years.
While in Mississippi, Jack served on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, the General Board of Church and Society and the University Senate. Also, he was president of the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, an organization of religious leaders who worked to promote tolerance and understanding in diversity.
Jack chaired the Council of Bishop's Initiative on Children and Poverty from1996-2000. In 1999 he was a member of the delegation to Belgrade, led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, which secured the release of three American prisoners of war during the NATO bombing.
Jack is a Trustee of Wofford College and Trustee emeritus of Emory University.
Jack was married to Hannah Campbell Meadors, now deceased. He has four children: Jane M. Cromley (teacher), Marshall III (physician), James (President, Meadors Construction), and John (attorney). He has ten grandchildren.