cross-flame-appointOn the heels of the Western Jurisdictional Conference held last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, several pastors from large churches in the Western Jurisdiction released a short statement of support for the WJ’s newest bishop.

Bishop Karen Oliveto was elected out of the California-Nevada Conference where she served as senior pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco. CA. Glide is the Western Jurisdiction’s largest membership congregation, and one of the top 100 largest membership congregations in the denomination.


Statement of Full Support

“As pastors of large churches in the Western Jurisdiction, we rise in full support of the consecration of Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto as a new bishop in The United Methodist Church. We embrace this Kairos Moment as we live into a Gospel that welcomes all. We stand United in spirit excited that the tent of The United Methodist Church is growing large enough to make room for all. The diversity of culture, experience, thought and theology is a rich blessing for us in the Western Jurisdiction.”


Rev. Tyler Amundson – Associate Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Helena, MT
Rev. Dr. Duane A. Anders*
 – Senior Pastor of Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise, ID
Rev. Andy Bartel* – Lead Pastor of St. John United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Mark S. Bollwinkel – Pastor of Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel, CA
Rev. Elizabeth Brick – Pastor of Woodland United Methodist Church, Woodland, CA
Rev. Sandy Brown – Interim Senior Pastor of Edmonds United Methodist Church
Rev. Russell Butler – Co-Pastor of Avada United Methodist Church, Arvado, OC
Rev. Anna Cho – Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, Portland, OR
Rev. Mark C Cordes
– Lead Pastor of Trinity Berkley, Berkley CA
Rev. Debbie Coutts – Associate Pastor of Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise, ID
Rev. Dr. Michael D. Dent
 – Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO
Rev. DJ del Rosario* – Lead Pastor of Bothell United Methodist Church
Rev. Jeff Edwards – Pastor of Parsippany (NJ) United Methodist Church
Rev. David M. Felten – Pastor of The Fountains, a United Methodist Church
Rev. Dan Hurlbert – Senior Pastor of Prescott United Methodist Church
Rev. Kent Ingram* – Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs
Rev. Theon Johnson III – Associate Pastor of GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church
Rev. Joe Kim – Associate Pastor of Bothell United Methodist Church
Rev. Sharon Langfeldt – Pastor of Rawlins Cooperative Parish, Rawlins, WY
Rev. Linda C. Marshall
– Minister of Nurture, Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO
Rev. Paul Mitchell – Pastor of Vashon United Methodist Church
Rev. Sharon Moe
– Pastor of Seattle First United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Bradford L. Motta
–  – Senior Pastor of Morrow Memorial UMC Maplewood NJ
Rev. Ronald Myers – Lead Pastor of Puyallup United Methodist Church
Rev. Barbara Nixon – Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Corvallis, OR
Rev. Sandra K. Olewine
– Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena CA
Rev. Dr. Brian T. Parcel
– Lead Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Chula Vista, CA
Rev. Peter K. Perry – Lead Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Olympia, WA
Rev. Donna Pritchard* – Senior Pastor of Portland First United Methodist Church
Rev. Kelvin Sauls – Pastor at Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA
Rev. Dr. C. Dennis Shaw – Pastor of Hilltop United Methodist Church, Sandy, Utah
Rev. Nico Romeijn-Stout – Pastor of Discipleship and Social Justice,  St. John United Methodist Church
Rev. Stephen Tarr – Retired Elder, Pacific Northwest Annual Conference
Rev. Eston Williams – Pastor at Aley United Methodist Church, Seven Points, TX
Rev. Dave Wright 
– University Chaplain to University of Puget Sound
Rev. Mariellen Yoshino – Senior Pastor of Los Altos (CA) United Methodist Church

*Initial Signatories


Are you a pastor who wants to add your name to the list? Click here to email your intent to the Rev. Duane Anders.

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