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WJ Bishops share pastoral message after historic General Conference

Ten Western Jurisdiction bishops (five active, five retired) share a reflection on the historic results of the postponed 2020 General Conference that recently concluded after meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, from April 23-May 3, 2024. Grounded in the Biblical...

A revival for creation at General Conference

A revival for creation at General Conference

Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News By Rev. Richenda Fairhurst, Steward of Creation at Circle Faith Future The United Methodist Creation Justice Movement had its genesis in 2019 at a creation care summit in Nashville, Tennessee, when a group of long-time United Methodist...

WJ to keep 5 bishops, must transfer 2 from other jurisdictions

WJ to keep 5 bishops, must transfer 2 from other jurisdictions

By Alyssa Fisher, WJ Communications After several days of long discussions, the Interjurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy shared Friday that there will be no episcopal elections this year. As was reported last week, the Interjurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy...

History in the making

History in the making

The General Commission on Archives & History hosted a press conference exploring the historic struggle for LGBTQIA+ equality in The United Methodist Church on May 2, 2024, during the postponed 2020 General Conference held in Charlotte, NC. Photo by Patrick Scriven...

The UMC takes a stand against Christian persecution in India

The UMC takes a stand against Christian persecution in India

By Rev. David Valera for WJ Communications Delegates to the United Methodist General Conference as in met in Charlotte, NC, in April 2024, passed a petition expressing their solidarity with oppressed religious minorities, including Christians, in India. In a short...

WJ delegates celebrate removal of ban on LGBTQIA+ ministry

WJ delegates celebrate removal of ban on LGBTQIA+ ministry

By WJ Communications Delegates and observers from the Western Jurisdiction are celebrating this morning, after harmful language for LGBTQIA+ persons was removed from the Book of Discipline at General Conference in Charlotte. “We started the morning singing ‘There’s a...

UMCTV Philippines joins General Conference coverage

UMCTV Philippines joins General Conference coverage

Kristen Caldwell interviews UMCTV members Earlie Bautista, Noel Miguel, and Jodel Pascual. Photo by David Valera (PNW) for WJ Communications. By Kristen Caldwell, WJ Communications For the first time, the Philippines Central Conference has a full slate of...

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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