Distinguished LTSP & UTI Educator William Staton Dies

March 14, 2019

With heavy hearts, we announce that the Rev. Dr. William Staton Jr., pastor and scholar who graduated from and taught at ULS predecessor institution LTSP, passed on March 9, 2019.

The Rev. Dr. Staton was a scholar, mentor, administrator and teacher who used his knowledge, gifts and talent to advance the scholarship of students and ministers in the Black Church, helping to place the study of Pastoral Care, Family Counseling and Conflict Management within the academic curriculum at United Lutheran Seminary.

He also faithfully supported the Urban Theological Institute with his finances, with his teaching, and by recruiting students, for many years. He taught MDiv-level Pastoral Care and Conflict Management courses for the UTI, and he also taught in the UTI Certificate in Church Leadership program.

The Rev. Dr. Staton earned two degrees from ULS predecessor institution LTSP: the Master of Divinity Degree in 1987, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2002.

A funeral service for the Rev. Dr. Staton will be held on March 15th at the following location:

New Vision United Methodist Church
3259 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Viewing: 9:00 am
Service: 11:00 am


The Rev. Dr. William Staton Jr. born on December 3, 1939 in Rocky Mt., North Carolina to William and Effie Lee Staton passed on March 9, 2019.

Dr. Staton taught English and French in the Philadelphia School District and the Hadden Heights, NJ School District. Dr. Staton taught at Sayer Junior High School passing his students to his wife at West Philadelphia High School.

Dr. Staton was the Business Manager and Comptroller of Antioch University, Philadelphia for many years.

Dr. Staton was an adjunct faculty Professor of Pastoral Care, Family Counseling, and Conflict Management at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He also was an active member of many boards and organizations. Dr. Staton was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church and pastored both Peneil and Tioga United Methodist Churches, and he hosted and preached on a weekly radio broadcast “Word and Faith Ministry, on WDAS-AM Philadelphia, PA for 10 years.

In 1998, he was appointed from Tioga UMC to the position of District Superintendent for seventy-five (75) United Methodist Churches in the Eastern Philadelphia Conference of the United Methodist Church. After his retirement, as superintendent in June 2004, Dr. Staton served as Financial Administrator and resident preacher at a Baptist Church in Philadelphia until June 2013. He was an active preacher, lecturer, consultant, and he provided leadership training; pre-marriage and marriage enrichment training and conflict management training for churches and organizations. Dr. Staton regularly preached and taught in Colleges and Universities across the United States. He also preached internationally, in the West Indies, in Israel and Egypt. Dr. Staton along with his wife, Carol, organized and traveled with a group of approximately 50 people to the Holy Land. He traveled around Philadelphia, the country, and internationally singing with the Voices of Fellowship Gospel Choir.

His educational journey covered a multitude of interest. He was a member of both the Booker T. Washington and the North Carolina Central University’s Marching Bands. After completing his undergraduate studies at North Carolina Central University, he matriculated in graduate programs at the following universities: Antioch University, Rutgers University, La Sorbonne of the University of Paris (Paris, France), Temple University, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. During his educational journey, he earned the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Education, and the Doctor of Ministry. Dr. Staton was an AAMFT Certified Marital, Family and Sex Therapist. In his journey, he has accumulated many outstanding achievement awards, certificates, citations and acknowledgments. He was most proud of being honored as the Black United Methodist Church Preacher of the Year and as a Distinguished Professor and lecturer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

While on sabbatical in 2002, Dr. and Mrs. Staton studied the Spanish language and culture for two and a half months at Mesoamerica, Institute for Central American Studies, while living with a Costa Rican family in Sanbanilla in the beautiful country of Costa Rica, Central America. In his spiritual journey, he often quotes the words of an unknown author that says, The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you.

In his spare time, he loved to play sports and later watch sports including baseball, football, golf, tennis, and boxing. He loved to relax by reading his books, playing his music, and sewing clothes for his family.

Dr. Staton leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Carolyn of almost 60 years; two daughters: Debra Arrington (Michael) and Charie; two granddaughters: Melody and Mia; one grandson: Daren; and a host of family members: In-laws, Ernest Taylor Jr. (Shirley), Lawrence Taylor (Mary), Linda Watson, and Sandra T. Harris. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces, great nephews, and great cousins.

But above all his accomplishments in his earthly life he was most proud of being a believer in Jesus Christ, a devoted and loving husband, a father, a grandfather, and loyal friend. He cherished his family and friends and would go to any length to show his affection, protection, and concern. Dr. Staton will be greatly missed but, he has completed what God asked him to do! He stayed rooted and grounded in the Word of God and believed as the psalmist said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but, God will deliver you from them all”, Psalm 34:19. He has been delivered, he has been healed, and now he is free! Praise the Lord!