This spring I had the privilege to hear Bishop Solomon address a group of United Methodist pastors of the San Angelo district on the importance of higher education for our youth. I also finagled an invitation to sit with him at lunch. Bishop Solomon retired from the Episcopacy in 2000, and is currently the President of the United Methodist College Association. I was impressed with his passion for empowering the youth with the love of God through education. Naturally, I invited him to Mason County, to our little church in the wildwood to continue his message to those in our area. He graciously accepted.
Bishop Solomon will join us for a service of Word and Table on Sunday, September 16th at 11:00 AM. He will also meet with any youth prior to the service during the Sunday School hour at 10:00 to discuss various aspects of college life. Bishop Solomon will preach the message, which will be oriented toward God’s gift of education and knowledge; and he will preside at Holy Communion. Following the service, the church has planned a fellowship meal during which Bishop Solomon will be able to visit individually with parents regarding any questions they may have about various Methodist colleges: scholarships, graduation rates, acceptance to graduate schools, campus life, etc. The service and fellowship meal is not limited to United Methodists. Many Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, and others have received their education at Methodist Universities.
Dan E. Solomon was born in Matador, Texas, in the heart of Texas ranch country. His parents were lifelong Methodists, as were his ancestors. Lazarus Solomon, an Irish Jew, came to America and later served with George Washington. His son, John, was converted to Christianity by a Methodist Circuit Rider. John’s first born, John Wesley Solomon, became the first Methodist preacher in a subsequent line of nine Methodist preachers.
A graduate of Tulia High School, Dan E. Solomon graduated from McMurry College, Abilene, Texas, B.A., (summa cum laude) and from Perkins School of Theology, M. Div. (with honors). He received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. Both McMurray University and Perkins School of Theology have recognized him as a “Distinguished Alumnus.”
Following a year as an Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Plainview, Texas, Dan E. Solomon became the organizing Pastor of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas. Subsequent appointments were: St. John’s, Corpus Christi; Kerrville District Superintendent; Travis Park, San Antonio; and First United Methodist, Corpus Christi.
Solomon has chaired several General Conference legislative committees, as well as numerous Annual Conference boards and agencies. An author and lecturer, Solomon has been and continues to be active in civic and community work.
He was elected to the episcopacy in 1988 by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, and assigned to the Oklahoma Area. In 1996, he was assigned to the Louisiana Area. In the 1996 quadrennium he chaired the General Board of Global Ministries.
Retiring in 2000, Solomon became Bishop in Residence at McMurry University. He also serves as President of the Texas United Methodist College Association.
Sunday, September 16th – 10:00 AM Youth Gathering with the Bishop; 11:00 AM Worship Service; 12:00 PM Luncheon with the Bishop.
Driving directions to Hilda UMC from Mason: Take Highway 87 South toward Fredericksburg apx. 10 miles. Turn right onto Ranch Road 783 after crossing the Llano River. Continue about 4 miles and turn left onto Loeffler Lane, and the church will be just ahead.