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Jesse Lee Corley


Jesse Lee Corley, American church official.


Corley, Jesse Lee was born on February 23, 1877 in Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Joseph Edmund and Ida Champ (Ferris) Corley.


Student Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, 1892-1896, Iowa College, Grinnell, 1896-1898. Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1901, Doctor of Divinity, 1926. Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Boston University School Theology, 1904.

Doctor of Divinity, University of Southern California, 1925.


Ordained ministry Methodist Episcopal Church, 1906. Assistant pastor Morgan Memorial Church, Boston, Massachusetts, 1902-1903. Pastor Bond Hill, Cincinnati, O., 1904-1906, Norwood, O., 1907-1911, St. Paul’s Church, Dayton, O., 1911-1915, Van Wert, O., 1915-1919.

Originator Van Wert plan religious education, 1917. Director religious education, Southern California Conference M. E. Church, since 1919. Executive secretary, Conference Board Education, since 1928.

Executive secretary Interdenominational Conference on Christian Way of Life, 1927-1930. Representative of World’s Sunday School Association on special deputation to China, 1930-1931.


Member Board Foreign Missions, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1936-1940. Member Executive Board Municipal League of Los Angeles, 1937-1939. Served as private, infantry, United States Volumes, in Philippines, Spanish-American War., 1898-1899.

Trustee Southern California Council of Religious Education, also trustee. University Religious Conference, University of California at Los Angeles. Member executive council of Church Federation of Los Angeles.

Member board of managers Goodwill Industries, Los Angeles. Member Religious Education Association Delta Theta. Mason (K.T.). Correspondent Zion’s Herald.


Married Mary Elizabeth Davies, January 1, 1907. Children: Mary Elizabeth, William Edmund (deceased), Dorothy Lee.

Joseph Edmund Corley

Ida Champ (Ferris) Corley

Mary Elizabeth Davies

Mary Elizabeth Corley

William Edmund Corley (deceased)

Dorothy Lee Corley