Curtis Schofield

November 30, 2019

Rev. Dr. Curtis R. Schofield, 82, of Flat Rock, Alabama, died on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at his residence.


He had been married to Clara Slater Schofield since 1961. They had two children. Stephen is a pastor in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Philip is a civil engineer in Chattanooga.


Curtis Schofield was born in Elderon, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1937, to the late Earl and Ruth Schofield and moved to Tennessee at age 10. He was invited to a Sunday school contest at age 13 at Lafollette Methodist Church, where he gave his life to Jesus.


Dr. Schofield is a graduate of Hiwassee College, Tennessee Wesleyan College and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In addition to the master of divinity degree, Dr. Schofield has earned from Emory University a terminal degree, the doctorate in sacred theology with an emphasis on pastoral care.


Dr. Schofield was a member of the clergy of Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1961. For most of his ministry he served as pastor of churches in the Knoxville and Chattanooga areas of East Tennessee and North Georgia.


Dr. Schofield served as the founding director of Contact Ministries of Chattanooga, a Christian telephone counseling ministry, as president of Hiwassee College (1984-1988) and as vice president of the Foundation for Evangelism at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. From January 1994-June 1997 Dr. Schofield served as senior pastor of Hixson UMC, one of the largest churches in the Holston Conference. For the next four and one half years (January 1998-June 2002) Dr. Schofield served as vice president of development for the Mission Society for United Methodists, with offices in Norcross, Georgia, sponsoring over 200 missionaries in over 30 countries.


Dr. Schofield was a general evangelist with the National Association of Evangelists of the United Methodist Church. He was elected six times as a delegate from Holston Conference to the Jurisdictional Conference. He served as chair of the communication committee on the SEJ Council of Ministries and as chair of the volunteer in missions committee on the Holston Conference Council on Ministries.


Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Clara Slater Schofield; sons,  Stephen (Debbie) Schofield, Dahlonega, Ga., & Philip (Michelle) Schofield, Hixson, Tenn.; grandchildren, Faith, Luke, Nathan, Sam and  Paul; and  brother, Anthony (Bobbie) Schofield of St. Louis, Mo.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, at Trenton United Methodist Church with Dr. Brad Scott, Rev. Curtis McKee and Bishop Richard Looney officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Bryant, Alabama.


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The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 3, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home and Wednesday from noon. until 1 p.m. at Trenton United Methodist Church, 12500 N. Main Street, Trenton, Ga.


Arrangements are by Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory, Trenton, Ga.

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