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Episcopal Elections 2016: News Archives

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan and his wife, Dr. Lurleen Lapuz Juan, greet the delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected bishop on Dec. 3. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos.

Bishop Juan re-elected, assigned to Davao area

With the election of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, all three incumbent United Methodist bishops in the Philippines have been re-elected by the Philippines Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

Women in the Southeastern Jurisdiction pray for Bishops-elect Sue Haupert-Johnson (in green-and-blue) and Sharma Lewis (in yellow-and-white) a day before their consecration. United Methodists already have elected a record number of women bishops this year. Photo by Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference

New women bishops make history

U.S. delegates have elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders. Four are African American. Read More

United Methodists pray with Bishop Christian Alsted, who has been re-elected to lead the church in northern Europe. His area includes Denmark, Norway, Finland (two annual conferences), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen, UMNS

Christian Alsted re-elected United Methodist bishop

The bishop said the church faces new challenges in the increased migration and the denomination’s deepening divisions on homosexuality. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto says goodbye to her Glide Memorial United Methodist Church family after eight years as their pastor on Aug. 14. She was elected bishop by the Western Jurisdiction in July and is appointed to the Mountain Sky Area. Photo by Alain McLaughlin Photography Inc.

Bishop Oliveto: God has been in control

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, will lead the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area. Read More

Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in North Georgia Conference, during her consecration on July 15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference

Bishop Lewis: Being first means lifting others up

The first African-American female bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction feels called to lead the church “for such a time as this.” Read More

Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

Map shows the borders of three central conferences in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Central Conference, in gold, proposes splitting itself into four. Map by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications

Africans look at changing the church’s map

The Africa Central Conference proposes splitting itself into four new central conferences. Such a move has implications for bishop elections and how the church does ministry. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is consecrated July 16, 2016, as a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction during a ceremony at Wichita First United Methodist Church. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1

Some bishops move to new locations, others stay put as the 2016 jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church conclude after electing 15 new bishops. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

The Rev. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, was consecrated July 16 as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, after her election by the Western Jurisdiction. Read More

The Rev. Karen Oliveto accepts her election by the Western Jurisdiction as a United Methodist bishop. Oliveto is currently the senior pastor at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif. Her wife, Robin Ridenour, stands behind her. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference.

Western Jurisdiction elects openly gay United Methodist bishop

The Western Jurisdiction elects the Rev. Karen Oliveto the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Dallas Area Bishop Michael McKee places an episcopal pin on the Rev. Bob Farr, newly elected United Methodist bishop of the South Central Jurisdiction. Farr was elected July 15, 2016, on the 35th ballot. Photo by Todd Siefert

South Central elects final bishop of 2016 on record 35th ballot

The South Central Jurisdiction elected a third bishop, the Rev. Robert “Bob” Farr of the Missouri Conference. Read More

The Rev. James “Jimmy” Nunn is a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction, elected July 15. Photo by Todd Seifert, UMNS

South Central elects Jimmy Nunn as bishop

Northwest Texas Conference pastor chosen on 21st ballot Read More

The Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling of the New England Conference stands with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar after she was elected bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Beth DiCocco, New England Conference.

Northeastern elects Easterling as bishop

The Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling was the second bishop elected by The United Methodist Church’s Northeastern Jurisdiction. Read More

Newly elected Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. embraces a delegate to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference after winning election during the conference July 14, 2016, in Wichita. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

South Central elects Saenz as new bishop

The Rev. Ruben Saenz Jr., Rio Texas Conference, was the first of three new bishops to be elected by the United Methodist jurisdiction. Read More

The Rev. Frank Beard, Indiana Conference, is escorted to the stage by Illinois Area Bishop Jonathan Keaton (left) and Indiana Area Bishop Michael Coyner (right) after the announcement that Beard was elected bishop by the North Central Jurisdiction July 13, 2016 on the sixth ballot. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Frank Beard elected bishop by North Central Jurisdiction

The Indianapolis pastor was elected on the sixth ballot at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Read More

The Rev. Tracy Smith Malone (left, Northern Illinois Conference) is introduced by Maggie Jackson, North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy chair, as a newly elected bishop of the North Central Jurisdiction. Smith Malone was elected July 13, 2016 on the sixth ballot. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Tracy Smith Malone elected bishop in North Central

The Chicago district superintendent was elected on the sixth ballot at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Read More

The Rev. David Bard, Minnesota, is introduced by Maggie Jackson, North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy chair, as a newly elected bishop of the North Central Jurisdiction. Bard was elected on the 10th ballot on July 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

North Central Jurisdiction elects David Bard as bishop

The Rev. David Bard of the Minnesota Conference was the third bishop elected by the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Read More