Bishop Timothy Whitaker
Timothy W. Whitaker was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was graduated summa cum laude from Millsaps College with a B.A. degree and summa cum laude from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with an M.Div. degree. He has received honorary doctorates from Bethune-Cookman College and Florida Southern College.
Tim was ordained deacon by Bishop Edward Pendergrass in the Mississippi Conference and elder by Bishop Mack Stokes in the Mississippi Conference. Later, he transferred to the Virginia Conference where he served rural, town, suburban and center city congregations. He served as Chair of Evangelism, President of the Board of Discipleship, Vice-President of the Board of Global Ministries and Chair of the Division of Elders on the Board of ordained Ministry in the Virginia Conference. While he was Superintendent of the Norfolk District he became the only person elected to the episcopacy in a special session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference held in February, 2001. He was assigned to the Florida Area.
While he was active in both annual conference and community affairs, especially in services to the mentally handicapped and the homeless, he has pursued life-long learning in historical theology with a special interest in patristics.
On March 20, 1971, Melba Jarvis and Tim Whitaker were married. They are the proud parents of Eric and Scott Whitaker. Scott is married to Michele Wroblewski and they have a son, Thor.