Bishop Transition

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya

Retires December 31, 2022

Bishop Grant will become the new president of Claremont School of Theology on January 1, 2023, and start a center for leadership and innovation. Find the letter about how to support this work and honor Bishop Grant by clicking on the button below.

Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut

Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut

Assignment begins on January 1, 2023

Bishop Carlo, elected during the 2022 Western Jurisdiction Conference, was assigned to oversee the Desert Southwest Conference beginning January 1, 2023.

Read the Bishop 101 document linked below to learn about Episcopal elections and the role of a bishop in The United Methodist Church.

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Mail Farewell Cards to:

Desert Southwest Conference
c/o Bishop Grant
P.O. Box 32830
Phoenix, AZ 85064

Transition News

Desert Southwest Conference bishop transition team announced

On November 2-5, 2022, as approved by the Council of Bishops, Western Jurisdiction delegates will meet to conduct the business of the jurisdiction, which includes election and assignments of new bishops. News about the new bishops and their appointments will be...

Claremont School of Theology President Kuan Announces He Will Step Down after 10 Years of Service – Bishop Hagiya named President ad interim

CLAREMONT, Calif. Thursday, September 15, 2022 /CST/ - Claremont School of Theology (CST) President Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan announced yesterday in an open letter that he will begin a sabbatical leave beginning January 2023, then step down as the school’s President on...

Western Jurisdiction release profiles of episcopal candidates for public review

As part of its commitment to engage in a more transparent dialogue leading up to the Western Jurisdictional Conference in November and the selection of new bishops, the WJ Committee on the Episcopacy launched a public site to view profiles on the candidates for episcopacy.