North Central Jurisdiction

Bishops Dan Schwerin (left), Lanette Plambeck (center) and Kennetha Bigham-Tsai were elected bishops at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference Nov. 2-3. Prior to the elections, the jurisdiction’s 10 episcopal candidates met for a month over Zoom to build connection and camaraderie. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Bishop candidates created community over Zoom

Pre-conference meetings helped the candidates for bishop in the North Central Jurisdictional Conference make the election process a positive experience, even for the seven candidates who weren’t selected.
In an episcopal election that saw several firsts, the Rev. Delores Williamston (left), the first Black female bishop elected to the South Central Jurisdiction; the Rev. David Wilson (right), the first Native American bishop in The United Methodist Church; and the Rev. Laura Merrill stand during their consecration service. The South Central Jurisdiction’s service of consecration was Nov. 5 at Houston First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Conference via Facebook.

Jurisdictions see shift in bishops, more cooperation

Even as The United Methodist Church faces mounting disaffiliations, those who plan to remain United Methodist are working together more across jurisdictional lines. Jurisdictional conferences also elected more women and more people of color as bishops.
The Rev. Dan Schwerin reacts to being elected bishop Nov. 3 at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Schwerin, assistant to the bishop in the Wisconsin Conference, was elected on the sixth ballot with 100 votes. He was the third and final bishop elected by jurisdictional delegates at their Nov. 2-5 meeting in Fort Wayne, Ind. Photo by Lisa Wink.

North Central elects Schwerin as bishop

The Rev. Dan Schwerin was the third and final bishop elected for The United Methodist Church's North Central Jurisdictional Conference. He received 100 votes of the 166 valid ballots cast Nov. 3, giving him the 60% needed to be elected.
Retired Bishop Sharon Rader gives newly elected Bishop Lanette Plambeck her episcopal pin following her election to the United Methodist episcopacy at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Nov. 2. Photo by Kaitlyn Winders Photography.

Plambeck wins bishop post in North Central

The Rev. Lanette Plambeck, a former intelligence analyst for the Army and the only endorsed candidate for bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference, was elected bishop on the third ballot at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

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