Bishop Paul William Milhouse
March 14, 2005
By United Methodist News Service
Methodist Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, the last remaining bishop elected by
the former Evangelical United Brethren Church, died March 12 in
Franklin, Ind. He was 94.
was elected a bishop by mail ballot in the former EUB Church in
November 1960, eight years before the denomination merged with the
Methodist Church to become the United Methodist Church. At the time of
the Methodist-EUB union in 1968, there were one retired and seven active
spent eight years supervising EUB churches in the denomination’s
Southwestern Area with offices in Kansas City before being assigned to
the Oklahoma Area of the new church in 1968. He retired in 1980.
was president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops 1977-78.
Before being elected a bishop, he was pastor of churches in Illinois,
associate editor of the EUB Telescope-Messenger magazine, and staff
executive of the EUB General Council of Administration. From 1980 to
1991, he served as bishop in residence at Oklahoma City University. He
then served as bishop in residence at the University of Indianapolis
is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Noblitt Milhouse, whom he married
in 1932; two daughters, Mary Catherine Hauswald and Pauline Joyce
Vermillion; a son, Paul David Milhouse; one sister, Dorothy Jacobs;
seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana Central College,
Indianapolis, which later granted him a doctor of divinity degree. He
earned divinity degrees from American Theological Seminary in
was the author of several books, including a biography of Phillip
William Otterbein, founder of the United Brethren Church, which merged
in 1946 with the Evangelical Church to form the Evangelical United
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