Remembering Bishop Martin McLee

“With United Methodists in the New York Area and across the connection, we grieve the death of Bishop Martin McLee – a capable and caring episcopal leader and alumnus of Perkins (M.Div.'98) whose voice will be missed and whose absence is deeply felt.”  –Dean William B. Lawrence

Bishop McLee passed away Sept. 6.

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Funeral services for Bishop Martin D. McLee will be held at 11 a.m. ET Monday, Sept. 15, at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, New York. The Riverside Church will be providing a live Internet stream ( of the funeral service, beginning with the prelude music at 10:30 a.m. and continuing with the service at 11 a.m. 

Expressions of condolence can be sent to: The Family of Bishop Martin D. McLee, c/o The New York Annual Conference, 20 Soundview Ave., White Plains, New York, 10606. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McLee's "Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program." Please make checks payable to "NYAC" and send to the attention of Ross Williams at New York Annual Conference.


"May the soul of Martin McLee, a Bishop in the United Methodist Church, Rest In Peace. And, may all of us who knew him, whether in the the New England and New York Conferences, or at Perkins School of Theology, become more authentic in our understandings of 'Christian Community' as Bonhoeffer describes it, because Martin McLee walked among us. Amen!" —Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, in a note to Perkins School of Theology expressing appreciation for the "significant, prophetic gifts" of Perkins alumni Bishop McLee and Rev. Dr. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco. Rev. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist pastor and district superintendent who served in the Rocky Mountain, New England, Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, and Greater New Jersey Conferences. He is one of the founders of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church.