About Dr. Talmage Skinner

Description: The Rev. Dr. Talmage SkinnerDr. Talmage Boyd Skinner, Jr. is a native of Anderson, South Carolina and a proud member of the Wofford College Class of 1956.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, he attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, earning his Master of Divinity degree in 1960.  Skinner would later return to Emory to earn the Master of Christian Education degree and earn the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Erskine Theological Seminary.

Skinner was ordained a Deacon of the United Methodist Church in 1958 and was ordained Elder in 1960.  Dr. Skinner was a pastor as a member of the Holston Conference of Eastern Tennessee from 1960-1968 before he returned to Spartanburg to serve as the chaplain of  Spartanburg Methodist College from 1968-1978.  Skinner joined the South Carolina Conference in 1978 and was appointed to United Methodist Churches in Easley, Piedmont, Union and Ninety Six, SC.

Description: Dr. Skinner meeting with studentsIn 1986, Skinner became Wofford's first full-time campus minister and chaplain and in 1997 he was named the first Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion.  This endowed chair was established by Joe and Louis Perkins, the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, and the Prothro family of Wichita Falls, TX.  He retired from the college in 2003.

Skinner has been active in organizing reunions for Moyer's Men, a group of Wofford alumni who sang in the Wofford Glee Club directed by Professor Sam Moyer between 1947 and 1963.  Dr. Skinner received awards for his service to Spartanburg Methodist College and has received numerous awards from various organizations on Wofford's campus.

Dr. Skinner is married to the former Beverly Keadle and has one daughter, Valerie Skinner Hendricks, (Wofford Class of 1990).  Valerie and her husband Artie Henricks (Wofford Class of 1990), have two children, Smith Appleby Hendricks and Talmage Kirkwood Hendricks (T. K.)   The Skinners have moved to Raleigh, NC to be near their family. 

Awards
A.V. Huff Sr. Faculty Prize - Spartanburg Methodist College
Outstanding Service Award - Spartanburg Methodist College
Distinguished Service Award, Captain's Council of Wofford student-athletes, Wofford College
The Class of 1990 Endowed Scholarship Fund is named in Dr. Skinner's honor, Wofford College
Alumni Award - Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Wofford College
Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award - Association of African American Students, Wofford College 
Honorary Wofford Letterman, Wofford Letterman's Club
Staff Member of the Year - Campus Union, Wofford College
Honorary Member - Order of Omega, Wofford College
Talmage and Beverly Skinner Scholarship
Wofford College National Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, 2005, presented to Talmage and Beverly Skinner

Education
B.A. History, Wofford College
M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
M.C.E., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
D.Min., Erskine Theological Seminary
    Dissertation Title: Equipping Wofford College Student Volunteers To Do Effective Ministry at Spartanburg Bethlehem Center"

Organizational Memberships
Central United Methodist Church - Spartanburg, SC
South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
Former member, Board of Higher Education, SC Conference of the United Methodist Church

 

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