Back row from left, Bishop Julius Trimble (assigned to Indiana); Bishop Lanette Plambeck (Minnesota/Dakotas); Bishop Frank Beard (Illinois Great Rivers); Bishop Gregory V Palmer (West Ohio).
Front row: Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai (Iowa); Bishop Hee Soo Jung (Wisconsin); Bishop Tracy Smith Malone (East Ohio); Bishop David Bard (Michigan) and Bishop Dan Schwerin (Northern Illinois).
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Delegates from 10 annual conferences across the Midwest met in Fort Wayne, Ind., Nov. 2-5 for a regular session of Jurisdictional Conference in which three new bishops will be elected.
Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai of Michigan was elected a bishop of the church on the first ballot. Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck of Iowa was elected a bishop of the church on the third ballot. And Rev. Dan Schwerin of Wisconsin was elected a bishop of the church on the sixth ballot.
The NCJ Committee on Episcopacy has announced the following assignment of Bishops effective Jan. 1, 2023:
Chicago Area (Northern Illinois) — Bishop Dan Schwerin
Dakotas/Minnesota Area — Bishop Lanette Plambeck
Illinois Area (IGRC) — Bishop Frank J. Beard
Indiana Area — Bishop Julius Trimble
Iowa Area — Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai
Michigan Area — Bishop David Bard
Ohio East Area — Bishop Tracy Smith Malone
West Ohio Area — Bishop Gregory V Palmer
Wisconsin Area — Bishop Hee Soo Jung