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Bishop who played key role in formation of United Methodist Church dead at age 94

 


Paul Milhouse, last former EUB bishop, dead at age 94

March 14, 2005

By United Methodist News Service

United Methodist Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, the last remaining bishop elected by the former Evangelical United Brethren Church, died March 12 in Franklin, Ind. He was 94.

Milhouse was elected a bishop by mail ballot in the former EUB Church in November 1960, eight years before the denomination merged with the Methodist Church to become the United Methodist Church. At the time of the Methodist-EUB union in 1968, there were one retired and seven active EUB bishops.

Milhouse spent eight years supervising EUB churches in the denomination’s Southwestern Area with offices in Kansas City before being assigned to the Oklahoma Area of the new church in 1968. He retired in 1980.

He was president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops 1977-78. Before being elected a bishop, he was pastor of churches in Illinois, associate editor of the EUB Telescope-Messenger magazine, and staff executive of the EUB General Council of Administration. From 1980 to 1991, he served as bishop in residence at Oklahoma City University. He then served as bishop in residence at the University of Indianapolis until 1998.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Noblitt Milhouse, whom he married in 1932; two daughters, Mary Catherine Hauswald and Pauline Joyce Vermillion; a son, Paul David Milhouse; one sister, Dorothy Jacobs; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Milhouse earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana Central College, Indianapolis, which later granted him a doctor of divinity degree. He earned divinity degrees from American Theological Seminary in Wilmington, Del. 

He was the author of several books, including a biography of Phillip William Otterbein, founder of the United Brethren Church, which merged in 1946 with the Evangelical Church to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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