Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster
P.O. Box 18750
Charlotte, NC 28218-0005
Larry Goodpaster was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He spent his early childhood in Crenshaw, Mississippi, before moving with his family to northern Indiana. Larry attended his grade school and junior high school years in Star City, Indiana, and then moved back to Mississippi for high school. A graduate of Senatobia, Mississippi, City High School, Larry then earned his B. A. degree from Millsaps College, then attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned an M. Div. degree. Larry was ordained a deacon in the former North Mississippi Conference by Bishop Edward J. Pendergrass. He was ordained an elder by Bishop Mack B. Stokes. He earned his D. Min. degree from Candler School of Theology.
Upon receiving his M. Div. degree, Larry served a variety of appointments in Mississippi, including an appointment as a District Superintendent of the Tupelo District. At the time of his election to the episcopacy, he was Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was also a member of the Task Force that brought about the 1988 merger of the former North Mississippi Conference, and the Mississippi Conference, resulting in the current Mississippi Conference. He served as Chairperson of the Conference Council on Ministries and of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He was a member of the General Commission on Religion and Race (1996-2000), where he chaired the Theological Schools Review Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He was a delegate to three General Conferences (1992, 1996, and 2000), and four Jurisdictional Conferences (1988-2000).
Larry has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia, Mississippi, and of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Board of Directors of Methodist Healthcare, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee from 1993-2000. He chaired the Healthcare's Board of Trustees and was secretary of the Board of Directors from 1997 until 2000. He has published a book and several articles in preaching journals, and was an instructor in the Course of Study for Local Pastors for 9 years.
Larry M. Goodpaster was elected to the episcopacy at the 2000 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Area where he served for eight years. In 2008, he was assigned to the Western North Carolina Conference.
Deborah Phoebe Cox and Larry M. Goodpaster were married on September 26, 1971, while he was attending Candler School of Theology. They have two daughters and one son-in-law. Their older daughter is Amy, who is married to Eric Bradley. Their younger daughter is Lucy.