Bishop Benjamin Ray Oliphint, who had an impact on the United Methodist Church at many levels, died July 7 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was 83.
Elected bishop in 1980, Oliphint led United Methodists in the denomination’s Houston, Kansas and Louisiana areas during the following 12 years.
He was instrumental in helping start Africa University, the United Methodist-related school in Zimbabwe.
Born in 1924, in Hemphill, Texas, Oliphint earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1946 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his master of divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, N.C. He received a master of sacred theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1947 and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1951.
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