Council of Bishops Honors Lyle E. Schaller

11/6/2014 11:18:00 AM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Smith or 615.749.6860


Council of Bishops Honors Author and Elder Dr. Lyle Schaller

Nashville, TN – The Council of Bishops, meeting in Oklahoma City on November 3, 2014, unanimously paid tribute to author and United Methodist Elder Lyle E. Schaller, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday.

The proclamation, presented for adoption by The United Methodist Publishing House Board of Directors members Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and Bishop J. Michael Lowry, praises Schaller for his 

“. . . deep commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ, high expectations for effective life-giving parish ministry, inquisitive spirit, incisive understandings about the dynamics of communities and congregations [and] keen ability to anticipate and describe changes and trends.”

Lyle Schaller wrote more than fifty books that were published by Abingdon Press starting in 1964 and that have sold more than 1.2 million copies. His body of work and hundreds of local church on-site consultations has had a lasting and positive influence with numerous denominations and in thousands of parishes across North America for over 50 years.

The bishops’ proclamation concluded by saying:

“Thank you, Lyle! We've learned from you, we love you, and we give thanks for your exemplary ministry!”

From left to right: Neil Alexander, President & Publisher, Abingdon Press, Bishop John Hopkins, East Ohio,

Lyle E. Schaller, Bishop J. Michael Lowry, Central Texas


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The United Methodist Publishing House is a publisher and distributor to Christian clergy and laity, with primary responsibilities for the publishing and distribution for The United Methodist Church. The Publishing House is a fully self-supporting agency and receives no general church funds.




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