United Seminary Honors Bishop Bashore
On September 20, the day that Bishop George and Carolyn Bashore observed their 62nd wedding anniversary, President Kent Millard of United Theological Seminary conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on the Bishop in Baum Chapel at Asbury Heights in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon. Bishop Bashore served as episcopal leader of Western PA United Methodists from 1988-2000 and currently is bishop-in-residence at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church.
"Bishop George W. Bashore has long modeled faithful Christian leadership through his ministry in the Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist traditions," Dr. Millard said in letter to the United community announcing the "well-deserved recognition of the Bishop's life of humble loving service and spiritual mentorship."
"During his career as a pastor, district superintendent and bishop, he has encouraged timely, creative leadership — supporting urban and interracial ministries during the 1960s and 1970s and speaking out against sexually exploitative practices through his work with the Religious Alliance Against Pornography," President Millard added.
A graduate of Princeton University, Bishop Bashore earned both his Master of Divinity and his Doctor of Ministry degrees from United Theological Seminary. He later served on United’s Board of Trustees for seven years, including three years as chairperson.
After serving as a pastor and district superintendent for 22 years, he was elected to the episcopacy in 1980 and served in the Boston and Pittsburgh Areas as resident bishop before retiring in 2000.
“He always cared for his pastors and treated them with respect and dignity and kindness,” says Rev. Dr. Andrew Harvey, who helped organize the Bishop George and Carolyn Bashore Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid for students at United who are preparing for pastoral ministry. “He just epitomizes to me what a bishop should be about in the work of The United Methodist Church.”
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