Thomas Stockton

Bishop Thomas Stockton


United States

Southeastern Jurisdiction


Bishop Thomas B. Stockton is a Retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1988-1996.

He was born in Winston Salem, NC. His twin brother, Richard, was born 15 minutes earlier, so the story goes. After receiving an A.B. degree at Davidson College, he attended Duke University Divinity School, where he received a Master of Divinity Degree.

He was received into the Western North Carolina Annual Conference on trial and ordained deacon and elder and received into full connection in the Western North Carolina Conference. He served Central Methodist Church in Charlotte for a summer and then he was appointed to Thrift Methodist Church which he served for four years. He then became the Minister of First Methodist Church in Reidsville, North Carolina, before moving to the Dilworth Methodist Church in Charlotte, followed by a move to Central United Methodist Church in Asheville and on to Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte. He moved to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, High Point, where he served until he was elected to the episcopacy July 12, 1988. He was assigned to the Richmond Area, and retired in 1996. He now serves as Bishop in Residence at High Point University.

He served for one quadrennium on the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and has served various Boards and Agencies in the Annual Conference as well as serving as Trustee of several Colleges and Homes in the Western North Carolina Conference. He served two quadrennia on the General Board of Discipleship as Chairperson of the Curriculum Resources Committee, and two quadrennia as Vice Chair of Evangelism.

Jean Stevens and Tom Stockton were married in Winston Salem, August 22, 1953. They have three children, Lisa Stockton Howell, Thomas B. Stockton, Jr., and Shannon Stockton Miller.