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Amos Purnell Bailey

Amos Purnell Bailey, American clergyman, journalist, writer. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award, Duke Division School, 2001, honor for writing Daily Bread daily for 60 years, 2005; scholar A. Purnell Bailey Preministerial, Randolph-Macon College, 2002; Two Million Dollar scholar fund, 2002.

Background

  • Bailey, Amos Purnell was born on May 2, 1918 in Grotons, Virginia, United States. Son of Louis William and Evelyn (Charnock) Bailey.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Randolph-Macon College, 1942. Doctor of Divinity, Randolph-Macon College, 1956. Bachelor's Degree, Duke University, 1948.

      Master of Theology, Union Theological Seminary, 1957. Postgrad., Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, 1979.

    Career

    • Ordained to ministry United Methodist Church, 1942. Pastor Emporia, Virginia, 1938, Beulah United Microelectronics Corporation Church, Richmond, 1938-1943, New Kent circuit, 1943-1944, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Norfolk, Virginia, 1948-1950, Grace United Methodist Church, Newport News, 1950-1954, Centenary Church, Richmond, 1954-1961. Superintendent Richmond district United Methodist Church, 1961-1967.

      Senior minister Reveille Church, Richmond, 1967-1970. Associate general secretary, div. chaplains Board Higher Education and Ministry United Methodist Church, Washington, 1970-1979. Vice president National Methodist Foundation, 1979-1982.

      Interim minister Herndon Church, 1985-1986. President, Chief Executive Officer National Temple Ministries, Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia, from 1982. President S.E.J. and South Carolina.U. Communications, 1968-1976.

      Director Reeves-Parvin Company, 1978-1985. Vice president Virginia Conference Board Missions, 1955-1961, Methodist Commission Town and Country Work, 1956-1967. Member Methodist Commission on Higher Education, 1960-1970, Methodist Interbd.

      Council, 1960-1970; delegate Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, 1964, 68, General Conference, 1964, 66, 68, 70, World Methodist Conference, London, 1966, Denver, 1970, Dublin, 1976, Rio de Janeiro, 1996. Executive committee Congress, 1987-1988. Finance committee National Church Growth Research Center, 1986-1989.

      Frequent chaplain United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, Virginia General Assembly. Member council, executive committee, president communications committee Southeastern Jurisdiction, 1968-1976. President Joint Communications Committee, 1968-1976.

      Vice chairman Ministry to Service Personnel in East Asia, 1972-1979. Member Commission on Interpretation, Virginia Conference Board Ordained Ministry, 1974-1982. Participant Educational Study Mission to England, 1988.

    Works

    • Author: Daily Bread, 1997, Daily Bread, The Second Slice, 1999. Syndicated columnist Daily Bread, since 1945 (50th Anniversary award 1995), syndicated radio devotional, 1945-1969. Conductor weekly radio counseling program The Night Pastor, 1955-1969, Sunshine and Shadows, 1967-1970.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Membership

    Member executive committee Virginia Conference Board Education, 1968-1972. Member World Methodist Council, Virginia Commission Aging. President advisory board Richmond Welfare Department, 1956-1968, Virginia Conference Board Ministry, Richmond Public Assistance Committee, Richmond Council Alcoholism, Citizen Advisory Board Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1995-1901.

    Group chairman industry division Richmond United Givers Fund, 1961. Chairman chaplains advisory council VA, Washington. Board managers Richmond Young Men’s Christian Association, 1961-1969.

    Board directors Virginia Methodist Advisers. Trustee Randolph-Macon College, 1960-1982, trustee emeritus, 1986. Board visitors Duke Division School, 1964-1970.

    Trustee Southern Seminary, 1961-1976. With Chaplains Corps Army of the United States, 1945-1947. Member of DAV (life), Duke Division Alumni Association (president), Methodist History Society, Kiwanis, Kiwanis Club.

    Connections

    • Married Ruth Martin Hill, August 22, 1942 (deceased 1992). Children: Eleanor Carol Bailey Harriman, Anne Ruth Bailey Page, Joyce Elizabeth Bailey Richardson, Jeanne Bailey Dodge-Allen. Married Betty Lou Sheffield, March 5, 1994.
    • father: Louis William Bailey
    • mother: Evelyn (Charnock) Bailey
    • spouses: Ruth Martin Hill
    • Betty Lou Sheffield
    • children: Eleanor Carol Bailey Harriman Bailey
    • Anne Ruth Bailey Page Bailey
    • Joyce Elizabeth Bailey Richardson Bailey
    • Jeanne Bailey Dodge-Allen Bailey
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    Born March 2, 1918
    Died July 16, 2006
    (aged 88)
    Nationality
    • 1942
      Randolph-Macon College
    • 1956
      Randolph-Macon College
    • 1948
      Duke University
    • 1957
      Union Theological Seminary
    • 1979
      Ecumenical Institute
    • 1938
      pastor Emporia
      Virginia, United States
    • 1938 - 1943
      pastor Emporia
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1942
      Ordained to ministry United Methodist Church
    • 1943 - 1944
      pastor Emporia
    • 1948 - 1950
      pastor Emporia
      Norfolk, United Kingdom
    • 1950 - 1954
      pastor Emporia
      Newport News, Virginia, United States
    • 1954 - 1961
      pastor Emporia
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1961 - 1967
      superintendent Richmond district United Methodist Church
    • 1967 - 1970
      senior, minister Reveille Church
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1970 - 1979
      associate, general secretary
      Washington, United States
    • 1979 - 1982
      vice president, National Methodist Foundation
    • 1985 - 1986
      interim minister Herndon Church
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