In a statement released on Wednesday, the Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox, World Director of World Methodist Evangelism, announced his retirement after 25 years. Dr. Fox, who has been affiliated with the World Methodist Council since 1976, made his intention known during a recent meeting of the officers of World Methodist Evangelism in Nashville, Tennessee USA.
A modern-day circuit rider, Dr. Fox spent his time with World Methodist Evangelism spreading the Word of God throughout the globe, visiting every populated continent. His commitment to his ministry and his Methodist roots made him a renowned speaker throughout the world.
Bishop B. Michael Watson, on behalf of the officers of World Methodist Evangelism, expressed deep appreciation for Dr. Fox’s many years of effective evangelism ministry and leadership in the World Methodist family. Bishop Watson acknowledged that Eddie Fox “may very well be the most well-known Methodist preacher in the world” and added “Dr. Fox has offered the gospel of Jesus Christ to people on every continent and in over 90 countries around the world. Few people have made a greater evangelistic impact since the Wesleys. We will be eternally grateful to God for the remarkable ministry of this outstanding Christian leader.”
World Methodist Council General Secretary Ivan Abrahams added “Eddie’s energy, passion and drive have been an almost electric force within the Council. I’m proud to have served alongside him and learned from him. His service to both the Council and the world by traveling near and far to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ cannot be overstated.”
Bishop Watson said that plans will be made to celebrate the lifetime ministry of Eddie and Mary Nell Fox at an appropriate time in the future. He also announced that the search for a successor to Dr. Fox will begin immediately, and appreciates that Dr. Fox has agreed to continue serving until his successor is in place.