Bishop Charles L. Helton
...Bishop Charles L. Helton5937 Ruth DriveCharlotte NC 28215202-723-2660
The 49th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal
is Charles Lee Helton
.He was born December 22, 1934, having the honor of sharing his day of birth with the Second Bishop of the church, Richard H. Vanderhorst.He is the second of five children born to Leroy Christopher and Odessa J. Helton.
Following the death of his
father at the age of seven the young Helton was raised by his
grandmother and mother.He
was nurtured in the faith at the Logan Chapel CME Church
in Charlotte, NC.
Bishop Helton attended the public schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County.He earned the BA degree from Johnson C. Smith University, the M. Div. degree from Duke University, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH.He
answered the call to preach in 1959.He was ordained Deacon in 1964 and Elder in 1966 by Bishop Henry C. Bunton.His
pastoral experiences are extensive and include churches in Hoffman, NC, Durham, NC, Israel Metropolitan in Washington, D.C., and Lane Metropolitan in Cleveland, OH.He was in the eighth year of his pastorate at the Phillips Temple CME Church, Dayton, OH when he was elected bishop.
Bishop Helton has served as a Presiding Elder and as President of the Presiding Elders'
Council of the CME Church.
involvement in community affairs was extensive.He was a Co-Founder of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, served on the Education in Society Commission of the National Council of Churches, President of the Board of Health, Montgomery County, Dayton, OH, and was a member of the Bank One Advisory Board of Dayton, OH.Upon his election as bishop, he was assigned to the Tenth Episcopal District.He is the Chair of the Commission on the Life and Witness of the CME Church, a member of the Board of Trustees of Phillips School of Theology, Atlanta, GA, and is a member of the Commission on Pan Methodist Cooperation.He
is presently assigned to the Seventh Episcopal District.
is married to Willie Ann (nee Stitt) Helton, and is the father of two sons, Donald Clay and Darius Charles; and two daughters, Carol Denis and Charlene Danita.He
has five grandchildren.His
office and residence are in Washington, D.C.