Episcopal Candidates

Here is the slate of episcopal discerners in an all-new process designed by the WJ Council on Episcopacy to draw the circle wide. Click on a candidate image to learn more about them and see a short video they produced to tell their story. Click here for more information and the full discernment to the election schedule.

Joe Kim

Joe Kim

Ethnic Background: Korean-American Conference: Pacific Northwest Probationary Date: 06/17/2017 Full Membership Date: 06/09/2019 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 7 Education: CLAREMONT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY Claremont, CA Master of Divinity, May 2017 2017 Korean...

George Edd-Bennett (he/him/his)

George Edd-Bennett (he/him/his)

Ethnic Background: European-American Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 06/17/2011 Full Membership Date: 06/20/2014 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education: D.Min. (Spiritual Growth, Contemplative Practice & Strategic Leadership) Claremont...

Rev. Calvin Hill

Rev. Calvin Hill

Ethnic Background: Full Blooded Navajo Conference: Mountain Sky Probationary Date: 06/18/2018 Full Membership Date: 06/19/2020 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education:Rehoboth Christian High School, New Mexico GEDKuyper College, Michigan A.A.Garrett...

Sandra Olewine

Sandra Olewine

Ethnic Background: white Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/16/1985 Full Membership Date: 06/19/1988 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 1.5 Education: BS - UC Davis, 1980 MDiv - Claremont School of Theology, 1986 ABD - Claremont School of Theology,...

Staci Current

Staci Current

Ethnic Background: African American Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 07/01/2003 Full Membership Date: 07/01/2006 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 5 Education: Spelman College, BA Political Science, 1993 Claremont School of Theology, MDiv, 1998...

Samuel Hong

Samuel Hong

Ethnic Background: Korean Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 06/19/1999 Full Membership Date: 06/22/2002 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education: Ph.D. in Religion (Early Christianity), Claremont Graduate University (CA), 2004. M.T.S., Duke...

Eugene Han

Eugene Han

Ethnic Background: Korean Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/15/2003 Full Membership Date: 06/15/2005 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education:1987 - Korea University B.A. Political Science and International Relations, South Korea1992 -...

Ouk-Yean Kim Jueng

Ouk-Yean Kim Jueng

Ethnic Background: Korean Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 06/13/1993 Full Membership Date: 06/11/1995 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 1 Education: [2017] Clergy Coaching Training, Online [2008-2010] UpperRoom 2-Year Academy for...

Katie Ladd

Katie Ladd

Ethnic Background: White Conference: Pacific Northwest Probationary Date: 06/15/1997 Full Membership Date: 06/20/1999 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 3 Education: AB Biology and Religion - Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1990) MDiv - Vanderbilt Divinity...

Carlo A. Rapanut

Carlo A. Rapanut

Ethnic Background: Filipino Conference: Alaska Probationary Date: 04/21/2002 Full Membership Date: 04/27/2006 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 5.5 Education:Elementary: with honors, 1986SPED Center (Fast Learner Program), Baguio City, Philippines High School: with...

Kimberly Montenegro

Kimberly Montenegro

Ethnic Background: Mix Raced African American Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 07/01/2009 Full Membership Date: 06/20/2014 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 6 Education: Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA-Master of Divinity 2008 Saint Mary’s...

Rev. Anthony Tang

Rev. Anthony Tang

Ethnic Background: Asian-American Conference: Desert Southwest Probationary Date: 06/22/1996 Full Membership Date: 06/23/2001 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4.5 Education:Executive Master of Business Administration, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State...

Ella Luna-Garza

Ella Luna-Garza

Ethnic Background: Hispanic Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 06/12/2010 Full Membership Date: 06/13/2014 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education: Doctor of Ministry, Prophetic Activism; from the Cross to Community, United Theological Seminary,...

Sione Teiapa’a Tukutau

Sione Teiapa’a Tukutau

Ethnic Background: Tongan Conference: Mountain Sky Probationary Date: 06/16/2000 Full Membership Date: 06/17/2003 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education: Education Hawaii Loa College - Kaneohe, Hawaii 1985-1989 Bachelor of Arts Iliff School of Theology -...

Jessica Rooks

Jessica Rooks

Ethnic Background: White Conference: Mountain Sky Probationary Date: 06/13/2004 Full Membership Date: 06/17/2007 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 6 Education: 1999, B.A., Economics, Western State College, Colorado 2002, M.Div., Iliff School of Theology, Colorado...

Tom Choi

Tom Choi

Ethnic Background: Asian American - Korean Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/14/1985 Full Membership Date: 06/16/1988 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 1.44 Education: 2009 - Doctor of Ministry in Preaching for the 21st Century, Wesley Theological...

Cedrick Bridgeforth

Cedrick Bridgeforth

Ethnic Background: African American Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/15/2002 Full Membership Date: 06/24/2006 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education:Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership (Pepperdine University) Malibu, CAMaster of...

Brian Suk-Boo Lee

Brian Suk-Boo Lee

Ethnic Background: Asian (Korean-American) Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/19/1999 Full Membership Date: 06/16/2001 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education:Feb. 1993: Methodist Theological Seminary, B.Th. SEOUL, KOREA(Jul. 1986 - Jan....

John Tucker

John Tucker

Ethnic Background: White Conference: Oregon Idaho Probationary Date: 06/15/1995 Full Membership Date: 06/08/1998 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education: BA in Religion and Philosophy from Samford University, 1991 - Mabry Lunceford Award for Outstanding...

Sunny Ahn

Sunny Ahn

Ethnic Background: Asian American (Korean) Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/18/2000 Full Membership Date: 06/22/2002 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education: I started my undergraduate studies, majoring in education at California State...

Piula Alailima

Piula Alailima

Ethnic Background: Native Samoan Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/15/1980 Full Membership Date: 06/12/1983 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 1 Education: Hawaii Loa College, Kaneohe, Hawaii —- B.A., 1976 Claremont School of Theology, Claremont,...

Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan

Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan

Ethnic Background: Chinese-Malaysian American Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 06/19/1999 Full Membership Date: 06/15/2002 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education: Ph.D., Emory University, 1994 M.T.S., Southern Methodist University (Perkins...

Bob Rhodes

Bob Rhodes

Ethnic Background: Caucasian/White Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/16/2012 Full Membership Date: 06/18/2016 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education:M.Div. Claremont School of Theology, 2011 Ministry Experience:2005-2006 – First UMC...

Siosaia Fonua Tu’itahi

Siosaia Fonua Tu’itahi

Ethnic Background: Pacific Islander (Tongan) Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 06/30/2008 Full Membership Date: 06/20/2011 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 1 Education: 1987:Associate of Arts (AA), Southwestern College, Chula Vista CA. 1989:...

Theon Johnson III

Theon Johnson III

Ethnic Background: African American Conference: California Nevada Probationary Date: 06/12/2011 Full Membership Date: 06/08/2013 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 7 Education: Doctor of Philosophy (April 2018): Educational Administration & Supervision...

Rev. Dr. Rob Walters

Rev. Dr. Rob Walters

Ethnic Background: White Conference: Oregon Idaho Probationary Date: 06/14/2018 Full Membership Date: 06/14/2018 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 5 Education: FORMAL EDUCATION Doctor of Ministry • United Theological Seminary (2022) Research/Dissertation title:...

Lloyd Nyarota

Lloyd Nyarota

Ethnic Background: Shona Black African Conference: Zimbabwe East Annual Conference Probationary Date: 12/10/1995 Full Membership Date: 12/12/1997 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education: 1978-1984, Grades 1-7-Vengere Primary school, Rusape, Zimbabwe 1985-1988,...

Joel Hortiales

Joel Hortiales

Ethnic Background: Hispanic Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 07/01/2008 Full Membership Date: 06/18/2011 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education: College: • 2 Years at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México. Transfer to University 1983 • 3...

Elizabeth Tay McVicker

Elizabeth Tay McVicker

Ethnic Background: Asian American (Chinese) Conference: Mountain Sky Probationary Date: 06/14/1997 Full Membership Date: 06/19/1999 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 4 Education:Master of Divinity, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA 12/1992 B.A. American...

Aaron Gray

Aaron Gray

Ethnic Background: Black Conference: Mountain Sky Probationary Date: 07/01/1985 Full Membership Date: 07/01/1985 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 1 Education:Regis College 1976-1980 Major: Sociology, Minor: Political ScienceIliff Theological Seminary 1981-1985...

Dottie Escobedo-Frank

Dottie Escobedo-Frank

Ethnic Background: Latina/Multi-Ethnic Conference: Desert Southwest Probationary Date: 07/01/1996 Full Membership Date: 07/01/2000 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 2 Education:1979 BA, double major in Sociology & Theology, ORU1987 Master of Social Work, Arizona...

Ken Walden

Ken Walden

Ethnic Background: African American Conference: California Pacific Probationary Date: 08/25/2003 Full Membership Date: 05/25/2009 Number of Eligible Quadrenniums: 5 Education: CLAREMONT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, Claremont, CA Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Practical...

The process for identifying and lifting up episcopal candidates in the Western Jurisdiction this year places a high value on discernment. The individuals listed below have withdrawn from candidacy for this year’s episcopal election, discerning for reasons of their own to not continue in the process at this time. We are grateful for all those named and unnamed who have considered their own sense of calling to this work.

    • Matthew Pearson

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