United Methodists elect two new bishops in the West
July 17, 2004
Rev. Robert Hoshibata is congratulated after being elected as a bishop
in the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UMNS)—United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction have elected two new bishops.
During a July 14-17 conference in San Jose, Calif., 88 delegates elected the new episcopal leaders.
new bishops, in order of election, are the Rev. Robert Hoshibata,
Pacific-Northwest Conference, and the Rev. Minerva Carcaño, Oregon-Idaho
Conference. The two will be consecrated during a July 17 worship
service at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos, Calif. They
will officially begin their first assignments as bishops on Sept. 1.
for the new bishops began at 1:46 p.m. (PT) on July 15 with the first
election coming on the 12th ballot on July 16. The second and final
election occurred on the 26th ballot, which was announced around 12:30
a.m., July 17.
Western United Methodist leaders will continue in office. They are
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., Bishop Edward W. Paup, Bishop Beverly
Shamana and Bishop Mary Ann Swenson. All six bishops received
assignments July 17 to episcopal areas throughout the 12-state region
that also includes Guam and Saipan.
addition to electing new bishops, the conference also recognized the
retirements of Bishop William W. Dew Jr., Phoenix area, and Bishop Elias
G. Galvan, Seattle Area.
Bishop Minerva Carcano
Hoshibata, 52, a
native Hawaiian of Japanese decent, is currently a district
superintendent in Seattle, Wash., and is dean of the cabinet for the
Pacific-Northwest Conference. He also serves as a
co-superintendent of the Tacoma (Wash) District. From 1984-88, he
was senior pastor of Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, Seattle.
He also served as senior pastor of North Gardena United Methodist
Church, Gardena, Calif., 1977-1984; and youth minister, First
Congregational Church, Portland, Conn., 1970-1971.
has also been youth minister at North Gardena United Methodist Church,
1973-77, and was a ministerial intern at Kahalu’u, Parker and Palolo
United Methodist churches in Hawaii, 1974-1975.
received a doctorate of ministry degree from, Claremont School of
Theology in 1977 and did post-graduate work at Vancouver School of
Theology and at the Pacific School of Religion. He was one of the
denomination’s Crusade Scholars, 1974-1977, and received a bachelor of
arts degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. in 1973.
has been a member of the denomination’s General Council on Ministries,
the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the Western
Jurisdiction Leadership Team and the Western Jurisdiction Task Force on
Theological Education and Ministry. He has been a delegate to the 1996,
2000 and 2004 General and Western Jurisdictional conferences.
50, is the first Hispanic clergywoman to be elected a United Methodist
bishop. She has a master’s degree from Perkins School of Theology,
Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree with a
specialization in social work from the University of Texas--Pan American
a wide-ranging history of service in the United Methodist Church, she
is currently the superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the
Oregon-Idaho Conference. From 1996 to 2001, she served as director of
the Mexican-American Program, the Hispanic Studies Program, coordinator
of the Spanish Language Section of the Course of Study School and
adjunct faculty at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist
has also been a district superintendent in the Rio Grande Conference,
an organizing pastor in Albuquerque, N.M., and from 1979 to 1992 was
pastor of local churches throughout Texas.
was a director of the former United Methodist Board of Education and
has served as a director on the United Methodist Board of Global
Ministries, United Methodist Board of Church and Society and the United
Methodist Publishing House. She served on two General Conference
commissions--Our Theological Task and the Connectional Process Team—and
on the South Central and Western jurisdictions’ Korean ministry
councils. She was a delegate to the 1996 and 2004 General Conferences
and to the 1998 World Council of Churches Assembly in Zimbabwe, Africa.
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