Welcome Bishop Schol

The HOPE community welcomes newly appointed Bishop John Schol to our conference which is known as the United Methodist Greater New Jersey Conference. He replaces Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, who is relocating to Boston. Bishop Schol grew up in Philadelphia and earned his Master’s of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Boston University School of Theology. He comes to us from the Baltimore-Washington Conference and was the former pastor to the West Chester UMC. He serves on the boards of American University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Sibley Hospital, the Board of Child Care, and International Shalom Initiative Chairperson, Vice Chairperson of the United Methodist Archives and History and Chairperson of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Multi Ethnic Center.

Bishop Schol and his wife Beverly have three grown children, Mark, Kristin and Rebecca.

Bishops of the United Methodist Church provide spiritual leadership to more than 11 million people in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. A bishop serves as a general superintendent for the church and is assigned to a specific geographical area. Keeping with the United Methodist tradition, bishops are not “ordained” as bishops, but are clergy elected and consecrated to the office of bishop. Bishops give general oversight to the worldly and spiritual interest of the church. They also have the responsibility to see that the rules and regulations developed by General Conference are carried out. Bishops are responsible for assigning all clergy to a local church on an annual basis in consultation with the pastor and the church leadership.

Bishop Schol begins his tenure in the Greater New Jersey Conference in September with an installation service at the Princeton Seminary Chapel.

For more information about our new bishop, the service of  installation or about the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference click here.




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