Bishop Hearn, force for missions, dies at 89

Date Posted: 9/1/2020

Bishop J. Woodrow “Woody” Hearn led two U.S. annual conferences and traveled the world as president of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, helping to revive Methodism in what was then the Soviet Union.

Hearn was a force for United Methodist missions, but also cherished and nurtured ecumenical relationships.

“His true love was the body of Christ, without any other tags on it,” said son Bruce Hearn, chaplain at Wesley Prep school in Dallas.

Hearn died in the early morning of Aug. 31, at home in Galveston Texas, after a recent diagnosis of melanoma. He was 89.

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