|Bentley Sloane was born April 28, 1905 in Acadia Parish. He was raised in Crowley, LA, graduated from Crowley High School in 1923 and from Centenary College in Shreveport in 1927. He completed his seminary education at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and continued his graduate studies at Duke University and the University of Chicago.
His first appointment was to First Methodist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas as Minister of Education, where he met and married LeDeal Massey. He was admitted to the Louisiana Conference in 1933 and transferred to Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he served as Minister of Education. In 1937 he returned to the Louisiana Conference and was appointed Associate Minister and Minister of Education at First Methodist Church in Shreveport. In 1943 he was appointed pastor of First Methodist Church in Vivian. He was invited to be the Executive Secretary of the Conference Board of Education in 1948. He was instrumental in developing programs of Christian Education Conference-wide. Dr. Sloane served as District Superintendent in the Baton Rouge district. Following that he served First Methodist Church in Alexandria, retiring in 1973. He was Associate Director of Centenary College School of Church Careers part-time for ten years.
Centenary College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1957. He was also admitted to the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1978 and was a life member of the Centenary Board of Trustees.
Dr. Sloane wrote several books. His most well-known is titled, “The Heart of the City,” which is the history of the First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. He was the teacher for the Four Square Bible Class at First Methodist Shreveport from 1975 until just prior to his death.
His wife, LeDeal Massey Sloane, preceded him in death. Two children survive him, Mrs. Suzanne Stokely of Shreveport, LA and Mrs. Sarah Wilder and her husband Steve of Dallas, TX; three grandchildren, Mitchell Stokely, Jennifer Stokely and Robin Judd.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2002|