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Huntington man receives honorary doctor of divinity degree

May. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- William H. Wilson received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College on May 4 in Buckhannon, W.Va.

Wilson, who resides in Huntington with this wife Jane, is retiring after 45 years of ministry in the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is currently the assistant to the bishop and director of Connectional Ministries of the United Methodist Church in West Virginia.

Wilson graduated from Wesleyan with degrees in sociology and theater. He also received a theology degree from Perkins School of Theology; a master's degree in pastoral care and counseling from Southern Methodist University; and a doctor of ministry degree from Drew University. He has also received further training in sex education and counseling and Christian education.

Wilson was licensed as a preacher in 1968 and was ordained as a deacon in 1973. He became an elder in 1977. He has served in ministry roles in West Virginia and Texas, where he worked as a hospital chaplain. He has also served as an instructor as well as a delegate to national conferences.