Greetings in the name and spirit of our Creator and Sustainer! As you may know, Bishop Grant Hagiya will enter the retired relationship on December 31, 2022. Before being elected bishop in 2008, he pastored various congregations in Southern California before his assignment as Los Angeles District Superintendent and the California-Pacific’s first Executive Director of Leadership.
He has continued to grow, learn, and teach throughout his tenure as pastor, superintendent, and bishop. He inspires those around him to “take thou authority” and to “try something new” when the old ways no longer work. Leadership and innovation are hallmarks of his ministry. One can see the fruits of it in the number of clergy and laity who have been trained as coaches; in the new partnerships many congregations form to explore the re-purposing of their properties; and in the open-appointment-making processes he leads each year.
It is easy to see the fruits his consistency and commitment bring to ministry contexts where he serves. Claremont School of Theology has tapped him to serve as Interim President upon his retirement. That will give him a unique opportunity to continue to live and do his leadership passions for many years. To honor Bishop Hagiya’s gifts to the church, the people of the Desert Southwest Conference are invited to contribute a donation in his name to the Bishop Hagiya Leadership Fund. All contributions to the fund will be used to support leadership initiatives for clergy and laity in the region.
To contribute directly to the fund, you can mail a check to California-Pacific United Methodist Foundation Attn: Bishop Hagiya Leadership Fund PO Box 2590 Pasadena, CA, 91102-2590. An online option will be posted when it becomes available.
This is an ongoing source of funding that will continue. However, we would like to receive the initial round of gifts before December 1, 2022, so we can make a momentous presentation to Bishop Hagiya before he enters retirement. If you or your congregational leaders have questions or would like to extend personal greetings to Bishop Hagiya, please do so through the bishop’s office at: https://dscumc.org/bishop/
Rev. Paul Cho , Chair of the Desert Southwest Conference Episcopacy Committee
Rev. Dan Morley, Dean of Appointive Cabinet
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