Title: Religious Organization Administrator
Company: Lancaster Theological Seminary
Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania, United States
Charles Yrigoyen, a retired Religious Organization Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of religious education.
With a love for teaching and his Methodist faith, Dr. Yrigoyen has dedicated his career to spreading the Word of God to others, specializing in religious studies and church history. An ordained minister since 1960, he has most recently served as the director of United Methodist studies for the Lancaster Theological Seminary from 2007 to 2014 as well as for the Evangelical Seminary from 2006 to 2008. Prior to these positions, Dr. Yrigoyen has been the general secretary of the general committee on archives and history for the United Methodist Church-Madison, in Madison, NJ, from 1982 to 2005. He has spent time at Albright College, working as the chaplain and religious professor for the institution from 1968 to 1982. He has also offered his experience as a campus minister and pastor for various churches in Philadelphia. In preparation for his illustrious career, he has earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959 and a Bachelor of Divinity from the Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1962. Furthermore, Dr. Yrigoyen has obtained a Master of Theology from the Baptist Theological Seminary of Eastern University in 1964, a Doctor of Philosophy from Temple University in 1973 and a Doctor of Divinity from Albright College, graduating with honors in 1987.
Committed to the tradition he belongs to, Dr. Yrigoyen is interested in sharing his pride and knowledge, hoping to help people better understand the Methodist tradition. He considers the teaching he has done to be the highlight of his career, grateful to have been able to teach students directly as well as publish works others can learn from for years to come. Some of Dr. Yrigoyen’s works have included “Acts for Our Time,” “John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life” and “Belief Matters: United Methodism’s Doctrinal Standards.” He has edited numerous titles including, but not limited to, “United Methodism at Forty: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” “Historical Dictionary of Methodism,” “Catholic and Reformed” and “T&T Clark Companion to Methodism.” Interested in model railroads and railroad photography, Dr. Yrigoyen has been the photographer for volumes one and two of “Reading Railroad Action.” In recognition of his success and contributions to religious education, he has been lauded with the Distinguished Service Award from the United Methodist Church in 2005 and has been named a Masland Fellow with the Union Theological Seminary of New York City from 1975 to 1980.
Bettering any organization with which he is affiliated, Dr. Yrigoyen holds membership with several esteemed groups. He has been the general secretary for the World Methodist Historical Society, a board member of the Mercersburg Society and the treasurer for The Historical Society of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Yrigoyen has also held membership with the Wesley Historical Society, the Charles Wesley Society and the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. Additional groups he has dedicated his time and talents to include, but are not limited to, the Mercersburg Society, the World Methodist Council, the Wesley Works Editorial Project and the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Dr. Yrigoyen is grateful to his family for supporting him, appreciating his wife Jeanette Alice Brittingham, their children, Charles Yrigoyen III and Debra Jean, and his grandchildren, Hunter and Darin. A testament to his notoriety, Dr. Yrigoyen has awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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