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United Methodist bishops pose for a group photo in May 2017 on the steps of First United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops

The bishops of The United Methodist Church share their spiritual journeys in these wonderful conversations.

Bishops’ personal faith stories

 

In these casual, one-on-one conversations with our United Methodist bishops. we get behind their bios to chat about their early lives and influences, their calls to ministry, and what they do when they have time to relax. Each bishiop also recommends a practice they use to help keep them close to God each day. These audio recordings offer a great way to get to know the bishops of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Laurie Haller started her service to the church as an organist.  Photo courtesy Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Laurie Haller

United Methodist bishop, musician, author, and endurance athlete shares about her life, call to ministry, and how she keeps her spirit in shape. Listen

United Methodist Bishop Frank Beard is an avid fisherman. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Frank Beard

At 11 years old, he was asked to acolyte in his United Methodist church, “Lighting the candles. Firing up the church. I think that’s been my mantra ever since.” Listen

Bishop Lewis serves the Richmond Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy the Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Sharma Lewis

In this conversation, we learn about her roots in the church, her call from medicine to ministry, her love of shoes, and her rich prayer life. Listen

Bishop Rudy Juan was raised in the church his grandparents founded. An official portrait courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan

Raised in a church his grandparents founded, the Philippines United Methodist Bishop is passionate about serving the poor, caring for the planet, and sharing the gospel with others. Listen

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. leads the Great Plains Annual Conference.  Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

The Great Plains bishop shares his call to ordained ministry from a career as a high school teacher, football coach, and business owner. Listen

Bishop Susan Haupert-Johnson was called to ministry after an early career in law. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

Bishop Sue tells us about her early career in law, her call to ministry, her love of books and Broadway, and her daily practice of silence. Listen

Bishop Harald Rückert once studied food technology, speaks four languages and plays the saxophone. Photo by Volker Kiemle, Communications Germany United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Harald Rückert

In this conversation, we learn that the bishop of the Germany Central Conference once studied food technology, plays the sax, and speaks 4 languages. Listen