New York Bishop Martin McLee Dies



United Methodist Bishop Martin D. McLee, 58, who has served the New York Area since his election to the episcopacy in 2012, died on Saturday, Sept. 6. He had been on leave due to illness since July.

Known as a champion of marginalized people, Bishop McLee was superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Conference before being elected a bishop. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York.

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton asked for “thoughtful and earnest prayers for the family of Bishop McLee, who he said “loved our Lord with deep faith and vibrant spirituality.

“I will always remember his deep voice, his joyful singing, his amazing worship leadership, and his consistent friendship,” Bishop Bickerton said. “I have been blessed to be his colleague and friend. Heaven is a richer place tonight, but his family, I am sure, is enduring a dark night of the soul as they grieve their loss. Join me in praying tonight with gratitude and with a spirit of intercession.”

Read Bishop McLee’s obituary.