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July 20, 2012

NEJ elects McLee, Webb as bishop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UMNS) — The Rev. Martin McLee became the second bishop elected by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference this week. McLee, 56, is superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District of The United Methodist Church. He was elected July 19 on the 21st ballot, joining the Rev. Sandra Steiner Ball, who was elected on July 18 on the fifth ballot. On a record 35th ballot, the Rev. Mark Webb was elected for the third and last bishop vacancy in the jurisdiction. Webb, 47, is superintendent of the York District of the Susquehanna Conference.

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SEJ picks Cho as 5th bishop

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — After casting 29 ballots over two days, the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on July 19 elected the Rev Young Jin Cho as its fifth and final bishop. Cho, who was born in South Korea, is the superintendent of the Arlington District. He joins the Rev. L. Jonathan Holston, the Rev. Kenneth H. Carter Jr., the Rev. William T. McAlilly and the Rev. Deborah Wallace-Padgett, as bishops-elect. A consecration service for the five new bishops will be at 10 a.m. July 20.

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SCJ elects 2 bishops

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) — The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey was elected bishop July 19 on the fifth ballot by delegates to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. Harvey, 53, heads the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the denomination’s relief agency. The Rev. Gary E. Mueller, 58 and senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, was elected on the 11th ballot. They are two of three or four bishops to be elected by the conference, depending on the status of North Texas Bishop Earl Bledsoe, who was put on involuntary retirement this week.

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