Raised in rural Alabama, Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth brings a wealth of experience in diverse ministry settings, clergy coaching, teaching, writing, and work in the non-profit world to his role as a newly-elected and consecrated bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. He will serve the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area (which comprises the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences) beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
Bishop Rapanut ready to be an authentic leader within the church
As he begins his journey as a bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut reflects on how his roots as a Filipino American impacted his call to ministry and the leadership he’ll provide the people of the Desert Southwest Conference beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
Escobedo-Frank grounds herself in ministry, outreach as a bishop
As she begins the work of an episcopal leader in The United Methodist Church, Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank hopes to remain grounded in humility as she serves Christ through the local churches and communities in her new episcopal assignment: The California-Pacific Conference.
Episcopal candidates respond to IECC questionnaire regarding intercultural competencies
The Western Jurisdiction Inter-Ethnic Coordinating committee, in an effort to help delegates learn about episcopal candidates demonstrated competency in intercultural relationships, has crafted questions and curated responses from all 32 episcopal candidates ahead of next week’s jurisdictional conference.
Western Jurisdiction release profiles of episcopal candidates for public review
As part of its commitment to engage in a more transparent dialogue leading up to the Western Jurisdictional Conference in November and the selection of new bishops, the WJ Committee on the Episcopacy has launched a public site to view profiles on the candidates who...
Western Jurisdiction United Methodists commit deeply to Tongan relief efforts
Through song, dance, tool drives, informational videos and more, ministry settings across the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church are doing their part to provide support and relief to the small island nation of Tonga in the aftermath of a devastating...
WJ continues being ‘A home for all’ following GC2019
In a manner emblematic of the Western Jurisdiction, the 2019 leadership team meeting March 14 was dedicated to conversation and dialog about General Conference. Members and guests listened and joined together in the conversation.
Those gathered shared hopes for building “new wineskins” that could support both existing commitments to global mission, strong ethnic ministries, and truly inclusive church.