Edward Lewis Tullis is the only graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College to be elected to the Methodist Episcopacy. Made a Bishop in 1972, Tullis presided over the Columbia, South Carolina, Area and then the Nashville, Tennessee, Area until his retirement in 1984. He served on the Board of Managers, the General Board of Missions, the Board of Managers of the Board of Discipleship, and the General Council on Finance and Administration.
Before being elected a Bishop, Tullis served 35 years as pastor in Methodist churches in Kentucky during which time he was also a Chaplain in the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Tullis has served as a trustee of twelve colleges and seminaries and is now serving a 40-year term as a director of the Magee Christian Education Fund.
Tullis remains active in retirement and has authored several books – First Sermons, Shaping The Church from the Mind of Christ and The Heart of Evangelism. His latest book, The Birth of The Book, evolved from his experience teaching adult Sunday School for the past twenty years at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.