Our request for transparency as we approach the jurisdictional trial

Update on the suspension of Bishop Minerva Carcaño upon committee work completion

The Western Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy and The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops For Immediate Release: May 4, 2023 Contact: Patrick Scriven, The Committee on Investigation of the Western Jurisdiction has completed its work...

Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop

Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop

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.

Bishops of The United Methodist Church provide spiritual leadership to more than 11 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Historically, bishops preside over Annual and Central Conferences (regional areas of the church). They play an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world.

The newly elected bishops from the 2022 WJ Conference are Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut, Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth, and Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank. 

Cedrick D. Bridgeforth

Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop
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Dottie Escobedo-Frank

WJ College of Bishops, President
Los Angeles Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop
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Karen P. Oliveto

Mountain Sky Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop 

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Carlo A. Rapanut

WJ College of Bishops, Secretary
Phoenix Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop

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Minerva G. Carcaño

WJ College of Bishops
WJ Leadership Team
WJ Quadrennial Conference Member
WJ Transforming Ministry 4
WJ UMW Event
WJ Hispanic Ministry Council
WJ Mission Cabinet
WJ Immigration Task Force
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Grant J. Hagiya - Retired

WJ College of Bishops
Korean Ministry Chair
Leadership Team
Coordinator of WJ Course of Study
WJ Leadership Development
WJ Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center
WJ Transforming Ministries Conference
WJ Liaison with Communicators
WJ Ministerial Services Committee
WJ United Methodist Women
Japanese American Caucus
Asian American Summer Camp Program
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Elaine J. W. Stanovsky - Retired

WJ College of Bishops
WJ Native American Ministries
WJ Acts of Repentance Oversight
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