Alfred W. Gwinn

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The Reverend Bishop

Alfred Wesley Gwinn Jr.
North Carolina Annual Conference
Diocese North Carolina Annual Conference
See Southeastern Jurisdiction
Installed 2004
Term ended 2012
Successor Hope Morgan Ward
Personal details
Birth name Alfred Wesley Gwinn, Jr.
Nationality American
Denomination United Methodist
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Spouse Joyce Hannah Gwinn
Children Debbie Mann, Christy Morgan
Alma mater University of Kentucky
Styles of
Alfred Wesley Gwinn II
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Reference style The Reverend Bishop
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Alfred Wesley Gwinn, Jr. is a former residing bishop of the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.[1] He held the office of Bishop of North Carolina from 2004-2012. His offices were located in Raleigh, North Carolina.[2][3]


Gwinn's last appointment before being appointed bishop was as the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

During his ten-year tenure at Lexington Centenary, he led the congregation through relocation and the building of an $11 million facility. Worship attendance doubled and became the largest in the conference. In addition, the church parented a new multicultural congregation, developed an ongoing ministry partnership with a congregation in Londrina, Brazil, and brought an African-American pastor on staff, the first in the conference to serve a predominantly-white congregation.[4]

In 2012, Gwinn retired from the bishopric and was succeeded by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward.

Personal life[edit]

Gwinn is married to Joyce Hannah Gwinn, a retired coronary care nurse. They have two adult daughters: Debbie Mann and Christy Morgan. They have four grandchildren, Wesley, Luke, Tyler, and Ally.[5]

Titles and honors[edit]

  • Associate Director of the Conference Council on Ministries.
  • Lexington District Superintendent (during which time he served as Dean of the Cabinet)
  • Chairman of the Board of Ordained Ministry (1996 – 2004)
  • Chairman of the Committee on New Church Starts
  • Trustee of Methodist Wesley Village and Kentucky United Methodist Foundation
  • Trustee of Kentucky Wesleyan College for 14 years.
  • Chairman the Area Episcopal Committee (1992-2000)
  • General Conference Delegate in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 (secretary of the Legislative Committee on Higher Education) and head of the delegation in 2004

Member of the General Council on Ministries and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council


Pastoral Appointments[edit]

  • 1967 Red House
  • 1969 Mount Zion
  • 1974 Associate Director, Conference Council on Ministries
  • 1976 Covington First United Methodist
  • 1980 Corbin First United Methodist
  • 1982 Winchester First United Methodist
  • 1987 Lexington Centenary
  • 1997 Lexington District Superintendent
  • 2000 Lexington First United Methodist
  • 2004 Bishop, North Carolina Conference
  • 2008 Bishop, North Carolina Conference