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Francis Gerald Ensley


Francis Gerald Ensley, American clergyman. Member Delta Sigma Rho, Omicron Delta Kappa, Torch.


Ensley, Francis Gerald was born on August 12, 1907 in Morrow County, Ohio, United States. Son of Louis Alfred and Nellie Jane (McConnell) Ensley.


Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1927, Bachelor of Sacred Theology magna cum laude, Boston University, 1931, Doctor of Philosophy., 1938. Doctor of Divinity, 1957. Postgraduate (Jacob Sleeper fellow) U. Berlin (Germany), 1931-1932.

Doctor of Divinity, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1946, Westmar College, 1963. Doctor of Laws, Baker U., 1964, Iowa Wesleyan College, 1953. Doctor of Humane Letters, Simpson College, 1953, Mount Union College, 1969.

Doctor of Letters, Morningside College, 1960, American U., 1961, Rio Grande College, 1966. Ecum.D., Ohio Northern U., 1965. Pd.D., Baldwin-Wallace College, 1966.


Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1936. Associate minister Islington (Massachusetts) Community Church, 1932-1933. Minister North Hampton (N.H.) Congressional Church, 1933-1935, United Church of Norwood (Massachusetts), 1935-1944.

Instructor homiletics Boston University School Theology, 1938-1944, professor systematic theology, 1944. Minister North Broadway Metropolitan Church, Columbus, Ohio, 1944-1952. Consecrated bishop Methodist Church, 1952, assigned to Iowa area, 1952-1964, Ohio West area, Columbus, 1964-1976.

Chairman div. higher education Methodist Church, 1960-1964, president general board social concerns, 1960-1964, chairman commission on ecumenical affairs, 1964-1968. President American section World Methodist Council, 1966-1976. Vice president Council on World Service and Finance, 1969-1973, president, 1973-1976.

Chairman of Commission on evangelism world Methodist Council, 1970-1976. Willson lecturer, 1966, Loud Memorial lecturer, 1949. Mendenhall lecturer DePauw University, 1959.

Member General Conference Methodist Church, 1948, 52, Ecumenical Conference, 1951-1956, 61-66. Trustee Alaska Methodist U., Mount Union, Baldwin-Wallace colls., Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Northern U.


  • Contributor to Encyclopedia Religion, Personalism in Theology, A Symphony of Prayer. Author: John Wesley, Evangelist. Paul’s Letters to Local Churches.

    The Marks of Christian Education. Persons Can Change.


Member Delta Sigma Rho, Omicron Delta Kappa, Torch.


Married Eunice Irene LeBourveau, July 6, 1935. Children: Frederick Louis, Philip Chalfant, Elizabeth (Mistress.

Louis Alfred Ensley

Nellie Jane (McConnell) Ensley

Eunice Irene LeBourveau

Frederick Louis Ensley

Philip Chalfant Ensley

Elizabeth (Mrs Ensley