Grant J. Hagiya is currently serving as the Resident Bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference. This follows previous assignments to the Seattle Area (Pacific Northwest, Alaska) in 2008 and the newly formed Greater Northwest Area (Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest) in 2012.
Bishop Hagiya is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where he received his M.A., M.Div., and D.Min. degrees. He completed his course work for a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics at the Graduate Theological Union. He recently graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. His dissertation was on the traits, qualities and characteristics of highly effective UMC clergy. Abingdon will be publishing a book based on this research entitled “Leadership Kaizen” in February of 2013. His research area is in applying secular leadership theory and practice and change management to the structures and future development of the Christian Church.
Bishop Hagiya has served as a full time Professor at the Claremont School of Theology, teaching in the area of Religion and Society and Urban Ministries. He has remained as an Adjunct Professor at Claremont for the last 20 years.
Prior to his election to the episcopacy, he served as the Sr. Pastor at churches in Berkeley, Gardena, and Los Angeles, California as well as the Los Angeles District Superintendent and Dean of the Appointed Cabinet of the California Pacific Annual Conference. His most recent pre-Episcopal appointment was as the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence, a joint position between the California-Pacific Annual Conference and the Claremont School of Theology, where he served as the Director of Leadership for the annual conference and a faculty member at the Claremont School of Theology.
Bishop Hagiya has served as a General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate since 1996, and was the Head of his annual conference delegation to General Conference in 2000. He most recently has served on the Committee on References for the 2008 General Conference.
He is a trained mediator, receiving most of his training through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
Bishop Hagiya has been an active member of the Nikkei Interfaith Group, a community based coalition of Christians, Buddhists, and Shinto Ministers. He was also the ecumenical representative of the California-Pacific Annual Conference to the Los Angeles Religious Leaders, consisting of all the ecumenical leaders of the greater Los Angeles region.
Grant is married to Janet, a high school librarian, and has three children, Lexie (29), working in education at the University of Southern California; Jamie (26), a professional basketball player who coaches and does personal training; and Trent (24), a student at California State University, Dominguez. He enjoys all forms of sports, and holds a Sandan (third degree black belt) in Kenpo Karate, having studied martial arts from his elementary school days.
This biography is courtesy of The Oregon-Idaho Conference.