Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
Raleigh Episcopal Area
700 Waterfield Ridge Place
Garner, NC 27529
Hope Morgan Ward was born in Suffolk, Virginia, and reared on a seven-generation family farm in the northeastern North Carolina community of Corapeake. She was educated at Duke University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Religion and a Master of Divinity degree. In addition, she studied British literature at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, UK, and archaeology as a part of an extended excavation in Merion, Israel.
Hope discovered a love for ministry and mission as Director of Youth and Missions at Fairmont UMC in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her spouse, Mike, met on a mission trip to Bolivia in 1975 and married in 1977. They served together as teaching parents at the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh from 1977-1979. During this time, Hope served as chaplain, leading worship on the residential campus. Regular mission engagement has been a part of her life, serving with her husband and children in the development of local and national missional initiatives and international mission partnerships.
Hope was ordained in the North Carolina Annual Conference, where she served under appointment as Minister of Education of White Plains UMC in Cary, as pastor of Broadway UMC in Broadway and Soapstone UMC in Raleigh. In 1997, she was appointed Director of Connectional Ministries of the NC Conference, leading the conference through restructuring, mission development and extended recovery following major storms such as Hurricane Floyd in 1999. She was serving as District Superintendent of the Raleigh District at the time of her election to the episcopacy in 2004. She was assigned to the Mississippi Area. After serving in the Mississippi Area for 8 years, she was assigned to the Raleigh Area in 2012.
Hope served as chair of the SEJ Association of Directors of Connectional Ministry and as chair of the Ministry Division of SEJAC. She served as on GCOM from 2000-2004 as chair of the Membership Task Force and member of the Servant Leadership Team and the General Secretaries Election Committee.
Mike and Hope have two children. Jason and Brooke.