Bishop Grant Hagiya
Los Angeles Episcopal Area
P.O. Box 6006 Pasadena, CA 91102-6006
Bishop Grant Hagiya is currently serving as the Resident Bishop of the new “Greater Northwest Area” (Encompassing the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences). He currently chairs the Ministry Study Commission for the 2012-2016 quadrennial. He is leading the new Task Force for the Council of Bishops that is designing and implementing the Residential Bishops Learning Retreat for learning and leadership. His national assignment is to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Bishop Hagiya is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where he received his M.A., M.Div., and D.Min. degrees. He graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University in 2012. His dissertation was on the traits, qualities and characteristics of highly effective UMC clergy. Abingdon has published a book based on this research entitled “Leadership Kaizen: How To Become a Better Church Leader.” His research area is in applying secular leadership theory, practice and change management to the structures and future development of the Christian Church. He recently completed a Harvard-Kennedy School course on Adaptive Leadership with Marty Linsky and Ron Heifetz.
Bishop Hagiya has served as a full time Professor at the Claremont School of Theology, teaching in the area of Religion and Society and Urban Ministries. He has remained as an Adjunct Professor at Claremont for the last 25 years.
Bishop Hagiya currently serves as the Executive Director of the new Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center of Leadership Excellence. The Tuell Center will provide leadership development for the Greater Northwest Area, with the hope to expand its services to the entire Western Jurisdiction, and global church.
Prior to his election to the episcopacy, he served as the Sr. Pastor at churches in Berkeley, Gardena, and Los Angeles, California as well as the Los Angeles District Superintendent and Dean of the Appointed Cabinet of the California Pacific Annual Conference. His most recent pre-Episcopal appointment was as the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence, a joint position between the California-Pacific Annual Conference and the Claremont School of Theology, where he served as the Director of Leadership for the annual conference and a faculty member at the Claremont School of Theology.
Bishop Hagiya has served as a General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate since 1996, and was the head of his annual conference delegation to General Conference in 2000.
He is a trained mediator, receiving most of his training through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
Grant is married to Janet, a high school librarian, and has three children, Lexie, working in education at the University of Southern California; Jamie, a professional basketball player who recently opened up her own Cross fit gym with her sister; and Trent, a student at California State University, Dominguez. He enjoys all forms of sports, and holds a Sandan (third degree black belt) in Kenpo Karate, having studied martial arts from his elementary school days.