|Julius C. Trimble elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church|
By Kathy Gilbert
July 18, 2008 | GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (UMNS)
Bishop-elect Julius Trimble
The Rev. Julius C. Trimble, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, has been
elected a bishop by the North Central Jurisdiction of The United
Trimble, 54, senior pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in
Warrensville Heights, was elected July 18 with 225 votes on the 24th
ballot by conference delegates. He fills a vacancy created in the
denomination’s North Central College of Bishops by the retirement of
Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher, who has led the Illinois Area.
A consecration service for Trimble is set for 9:30 a.m. on July 19 at
First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids. Geographical assignments
for the jurisdiction’s bishops will be announced after the service.
“I thank Jesus Christ, who is my personal savior but not my private
one,” Trimble said as he was introduced to the delegates as Bishop
Julius Calvin Trimble. “You could have elected any of the other
candidates, and you would have done a great work for the church.” The
Rev. David Alan Bard, Duluth, Minn., withdrew his name before the last
ballot was taken.
Trimble was endorsed by the East Ohio Annual (regional) Conference,
Greater Cleveland Methodist Ministers Alliance and the North Central
Jurisdiction’s Black Methodists for Church Renewal. On Sept. 1, he will
become one of 10 active bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction, which
includes 12 conferences and nine states.
Trimble has been pastor at Aldersgate since 2003 and served as
superintendent of the Cleveland District from 1996-2003. He began his
ministry in 1980 as a youth minister at Christ United Methodist Church
He received his doctorate in ministry at Ashland Theological Seminary in
1999 and was named an outstanding alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical
Theological Seminary in 1998. He received the 2007 Bishop James S.
Thomas Social Action Award from the Methodist Federation for Social
Action. He is a member of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, a trustee
of the Saint Luke's Foundation of Cleveland and a director of the
United Methodist Board of Church and Society, where he is chairperson of
the Alcohol, Other Addictions and Healthcare work area.
Since 2001 he has served as an adjunct instructor in the religion
department of Baldwin-Wallace College, teaching courses on the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. and the African-American religious experience.
Trimble has preached in South Africa and Zimbabwe and was the keynote
speaker for the National Episcopal Urban Conference in 1996. He and his
wife, Racelder, have three children.
Reciting a prayer he learned from his grandmother, Trimble said, “Lord,
have mercy. Lord, have mercy.” Looking around the jurisdictional
conference stage he added, “I have served under some great bishops, God
A United Methodist bishop in the United States is elected for life.
Although eight years is the standard term for a bishop to serve in an
episcopal area, it is not unusual for a bishop to be assigned to one
area for 12 years “for missional reasons.”
Bishops are charged by the church’s Book of Discipline to “lead and
oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs” of the church and to “guard,
transmit, teach and proclaim, corporately and individually, the
apostolic faith as it is expressed in Scripture and tradition, and, as
they are led and endowed by the Spirit, to interpret that faith
evangelically and prophetically.”
*Gilbert is a news writer for United Methodist News Service in Nashville, Tenn.
News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.