Last updated on June 24th, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Rev. Dr. John G. Corry will leave his legacy in the United Methodist Church as he departed this life on April 6. The following week would mark a third decade of the annual John G. Corry Scholarship Awards Banquet for 2019, unknowingly scheduled for April 13 at Patterson Memorial UMC where he was pastor for 35 years retiring as pastor. During that time he was also pastor at Braden and worked as chaplain at Meharry Medical College.
Dr. John Corry, D.Min., J.D., of Nashville, Tenn. was elected to the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church at the 1988 General Conference and was elected president in May, 2000, the first and only African American clergy to hold that position.
Dr. Corry has an extensive list of accomplishments and honors. He has served with distinction and dedication as chaplain, pastor, lecturer, mentor, advisor, and educator and is a published author. His publications include: How BMCR Has Helped United Methodists Move Toward Renewal, Our Time Under God Is Now.
On the recommendation of Rev. James R. King, the Tennessee Chapter of Black Methodists for Church Renewal established a Scholarship in his honor. It was named for the exemplary leadership and untiring commitment to the ideals of the National Black Methodists for Church Renewal by Dr. Corry. Ideals included are: Congregational Development; Leadership Development; Black Family Life Concerns; The Enlistment, Support and Spiritual Sustaining of Black Scholars; and the advocacy for Social Justice, Fairness and the Elimination of Racism.
Some of his honors include Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society; Phi Kappa Alpha, honorary member; Gold Key Honor Society; Distinguished Alumnus, Gammon Theological Seminary.
As God knows best and knows all, last year the speaker for the Scholarship Banquet was Bishop James R. King who recommended the establishment of the scholarship. This year’s speaker was Deborah Dangerfield, current national chair for General BMCR.
“John Corry will certainly be missed,” said Stella Beene-Venson, Tennessee Conference BMCR President. “He made many contributions to this conference, BMCR and to the church, his family and the Nashville community.”
Corry leaves to cherish his memory, devoted and loving wife, Shirley F. Corry, attorney; sons, Joel Corry and Christopher Johnson (Serina); sister, Janol Corry Whitfield; father-in-law, Michael Perry (Sandy); Eric Perry; granddaughters Rhayna and Christin Johnson; as well as other family members, a host of friends, and United Methodist Church family.
Many thanks to the contributions and memory of Rev. Dr. John G. Corry.