Dr. James Cecil Logan, beloved teacher, preacher, and leader in The United Methodist Church, died on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Winchester, VA Medical Center at the age of 77 following a battle with cancer.
Dr. Logan was Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary from 1966 until 1990. In 1990, he was installed as the first E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Wesley. He served in that position until his retirement in 2001. He earned his A.B. from Florida Southern College, his S.T.B. from Boston University School of Theology, and his Ph.D. from Boston University. He pursued doctoral and post-doctoral studies at Harvard University; St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland; University of Basel, Switzerland; and the University of Cambridge, England. In 1986, he received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Florida Southern College. Dr. Logan was an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church. After his studies at Boston University, he served as Associate Pastor at Hyde Park Community Methodist Church in Cincinnati, OH. In 1964, he transferred his membership to the Holston Conference and served for two years as Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Pastor of the Campus Church at Emory and Henry College, Emory Virginia.
Dr. Logan transferred to the Virginia Annual Conference in 1977. Seven times he was elected a delegate to the quadrennial General Conference of The United Methodist Church, serving as chair of the clergy delegation five times. He was a director of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and was a member of the World Methodist Council. He was the author of five books in theology.
When Dr. Logan was installed as E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism in 1995, Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr., President of the Foundation for Evangelism that created the professorship, stated: “The Foundation is delighted that James Cecil Logan, one of United Methodism’s brilliant minds and a highly respected, greatly beloved scholar and minister, has been chosen for this professorship.” In 1999, the Foundation for Evangelism named Dr. Logan as the 1999 Denman Distinguished Evangelist and Wesley Seminary established the James C. Logan Chair in Evangelism in his honor. At that time, Dr. Logan stated: “Evangelism is not an optional activity of the church; it is an expression of the church’s very being and mission.”
Dr. Logan is survived by a brother, William Curtis Logan, Pulaski, Virginia, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Chiswell Dabney Logan, Lynchburg, Virginia, and two nieces, Mrs. Carol Logan Shimp (David), Vinton, Virginia, and Mrs. Catherine Logan Straw (Michael), Lynchburg, Virginia. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Mason Logan.
A Service of Life and Resurrection will be held at Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe Street, Winchester, VA, on October 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. led by Dr. James A. Hewitt, III. Inurnment will be at Wesley Theological Seminary on November 3 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the General Endowment Fund, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.