Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr., currently serving as bishop of the Baguio area, was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Philippines Central Conference on Dec. 1.

Torio, the first bishop elected at the quadrennial meeting in Angeles City, received 320 of the 470 votes cast on the sixth ballot. The conference must elect two more bishops when voting continues on Dec. 2.

After his re-election, Torio spoke about the honor of being chosen bishop.

"It is an extremely humbling experience for me to have been elected first on the sixth ballot,” he said. “I can never really thank God and praise God enough for this gift, but at the same time the episcopacy is not only a gift to me, but makes me a gift to the church. That's a tall order, and I want to be a worthy gift to the church.”

Torio was first elected bishop at the 2012 Philippines Central Conference. Bishops in the Philippines face re-election every four years.

Assignments for the 2017-2020 quadrennium will be made after all three Filipino bishops are elected.

Torio’s passion for evangelism and church planting led to the creating of 28 new local churches in the Baguio Area during the 2013-2016 quadrennium.

He currently represents the Philippines Central Conference in the Commission on Central Conference Theological Scholarship and Continuing Education Financial Assistance Funds for the Baguio Episcopal Area. He is also the bishop assigned to the Philippines Central Conference Division of Ordained Ministry, Council on Finance and Administration, and the University Senate.

He currently leads the University Senate in developing the first accreditation standards for United Methodist theological education institutions.

During the 2016 General Conference, he was voted director of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for 2017-2020.

Torio has a rich background in education, having served as dean at both World Citi College and Aldersgate Divinity School and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Eastern Pangasinan. He has been a visiting professor at Wesley Divinity School and John Wesley College Divinity School. He has served as president of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines at the district, conference and national level, and ministering to young people is still a high priority for him today.

He is a graduate of Centro Escolar University's College of Optometry, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Duke Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Divinity School. He is a licensed optometrist.

He championed the inclusion of deaconesses in the Philippines Central Conference pension program and developed the concept of a consortium to support the five colleges in the Baguio Episcopal Area.

Torio and his wife, Joyce, have four children.

Mangiduyos is a correspondent for United Methodist News Service.

News media contact: Vicki Brown, news editor, [email protected] or 615-742-5470.


Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

UMNEWS-SUBSCRIPTION
General Church
Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna (center) speaks to people at a camp for internally displaced persons in Jalingo, Taraba State, Nigeria, in 2019. Conflict has intensified in the Nigeria Episcopal Area in recent months. Two aides to Yohanna reported several United Methodists to the police for allegedly disrupting the Nigerian United Methodist Church and training others to become “rude and aggressive” toward Yohanna, while opponents have accused the bishop of treating them unfairly and mismanaging projects — charges the bishop denies. File photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

Divide deepens among Nigerian church leaders

Aides to bishop report fellow United Methodists to police for allegedly disturbing the peace, with four of them ultimately landing in jail on spying charges. West Africa College of Bishops plans to send delegation to Nigeria to meet with opposing parties.
Social Concerns
United Methodist Bishop LaTrelle Easterling helps conduct a denomination-wide online service of lament for racism while standing in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington on June 24, 2020. The anti-racism work of the church is just getting started after the first year of the Dismantling Racism campaign, say bishops and others. File screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.

Anti-racism campaign marks one year

The anti-racism work of the church is just getting started after the first year of the Dismantling Racism campaign, say bishops and others.
Bishops
Bishop Yeakel, who came to the UMC from the EUB tradition and lead what is now Discipleship Ministries during the union that formed The United Methodist Church, died July 4 at age 93. Yeakel was a bishop of the Syracuse and Washington D.C. areas. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Bishop Yeakel, caring leader, dies at 93

Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel helped in the formation of The United Methodist Church in the 1968 and later served in a variety of leadership roles, including Council of Bishops president.