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Bishop Hee-Soo Jung Appointed to WI

July 20, 2012

North Central Jurisdiction Update

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is Appointed to Lead the Wisconsin Conference

The newly appointed bishops for the North Central Jurisdiction were announced today at the conference session in Akron, Ohio. The new bishop appointed for the next four years within Wisconsin is Bishop Hee-Soo Jung. Bishop Jung was most recently the bishop for the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago Area). He has been instrumental in inspiring the Harvest 2020 movement in Northern Illinois, which resulted in nearly 30 new faith communities and 2,000 new worshippers since 2009.

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung was the first of three bishops elected at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2004 and was assigned to the Chicago Episcopal Area. Bishop Jung is one of only three people of Korean descent to be elected Bishop in the United Methodist Church, and the first non-Anglo bishop to serve as the head of this ethnically-diverse conference. He serves on the UM General Board of Discipleship, JustPeace, the UM National Hispanic Plan and the UM Korean National Plan.

Previously, Bishop Jung served as a district superintendent in the Wisconsin Conference for eight years and chaired the Department of Religion and Philosophy and was Dean of the University Chapel at Kangnam University and Seminary in Kyungki-Do, Korea. He has served as pastor of congregations in Wisconsin, California, Texas and Korea and was responsible for establishing a new Korean congregation at University United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Known across the denomination for his work on refugee, immigration, cross-cultural and interfaith relations issues, Jung has been a board member of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns and General Commission on United Methodist Men.


His education includes:

Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.)
M.A. – Institute of Buddhist Studies (Berkeley, Calif.)
M.A. – Dongguk University Graduate School (Seoul, South Korea)
B.Th. – Methodist Theological Seminary (Seoul, South Korea)

Appointments to the Other Conferences Include:

Dakotas/Minnesota—Bishop Bruce Ough

East Ohio—Bishop John Hopkins

Illinois Great Rivers—Bishop Johnathon Keaton

Indiana—Bishop Michael Coyner

Iowa—Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble

Northern Illinois—Bishop Sally Dyck

Michigan Area—Bishop Deborah Lieder Keisey

West Ohio—Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

[Received via Wisconsin UMC listserv from Michele Virnig, Director of Communications, Wisconsin Conference UMC, July 19, 2012]


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