Mar 22

Final central conference meeting of 2012-13

WINTERTHUR, Switzerland (UMNS)  — From March 13-17, 110 delegates and guests from about 20 countries gathered in Winterthur for the 17th session of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe. It was the final gathering of the jurisdictional and central conference meeting season that began in 2012. Rigels Kasmollari, a young man from Albania, …

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Dec 19

Francisco assigned as bishop of Davao Area

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco speaks. At right, his wife Restetita Victoria claps. UMNS photo by Tafadzwa Mudambanuki

“My dream is to make Davao Episcopal Area a model episcopal area in its financial resources and wring out from its lay and clergy ranks passion to make disciples of Jesus Christ that transform lives and transform communities,” new bishop says.

Dec 19

Torio assigned as bishop of Baguio Area

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr., and his wife, Joyce, after his election by the Philippines Central Conference. UMNS photo by Tafadzwa Mudambanuki.

“My election victory is not about me but about God and His people. I am what I am because of God’s unfailing grace,” says the new bishop in the Philippines.

Dec 19

Juan assigned as bishop of Manila Area

Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan

Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan, who presently leads the Baguio Episcopal Area, has been re-elected as a United Methodist bishop in the Philippines and will lead the Manila Episcopal Area starting in January. His new episcopal area has faced its share of controversy.

Oct 19

Eduard Khegay elected bishop of Eurasia

The Rev. Eduard Khegay. Photo by Üllas Tankler

The Rev. Eduard Khegay, assistant to Eurasia Area Bishop Hans Växby, has been elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference.

Oct 19

Eduard Khegay elected bishop of Eurasia

He will be the first United Methodist bishop from the former Soviet Union.

Oct 18

Interview with retiring bishop Hans Växby

The Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference is meeting Oct. 17-20 in Kaunas, Lithuania, to elect a successor for Bishop Hans Växby, who has lead the Eurasia Episcopal Area since 2005.

In this interview, retiring Bishop Växby recounts the challenges and opportunities of leading this area.

Oct 08

John Wesley Yohanna elected bishop of Nigeria Area

Bishop John Wesley Yohanna is consecrated Oct. 7 at King Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Yohanna is a new bishop of the Nigeria Episcopal Area. UMNS web-only photos by Phileas Jusu.

The Rev. John Wesley Yohanna of the Mungo Dosso area in Nigeria has been elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates of the West Africa Central Conference. Yohanna, 49, succeeds Bishop Arthur Kulah who was recalled from retirement about five years ago to lead the Nigeria Episcopal Area.

Oct 08

New bishop of Nigeria elected

West Africa Annual Conference selects the Rev. John Wesley Yohanna to succeed Bishop Kulah.

Aug 22

Gabriel Unda Yemba elected bishop in Democratic Republic of Congo

Gabriel Unda Yemba

The Rev. Gabriel Unda Yemba of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, has been elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates of the Congo Central Conference.

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