Bishops’ personal faith stories

In these casual, one-on-one conversations with our United Methodist bishops. we get behind their bios to chat about their early lives and influences, their calls to ministry, and what they do when they have time to relax. Each bishop also recommends a practice they use to help keep them close to God each day. These audio recordings offer a great way to get to know the bishops of The United Methodist Church. Explore similar conversations with other United Methodist leaders at Get Your Spirit in Shape


United Methodist bishop has a background in science. Photo courtesy Bishop Lawson Bryan.

Meet Bishop Lawson Bryan

South Georgia bishop discusses early life in church, the question that called him from science to ministry, and keeping his spirit in shape today. Listen




United Methodist bishops pose for a group photo in May 2017 on the steps of First United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

‘God Utilizes Everything’ with our United Methodist Bishops

Clips from our ‘Meet a Bishop’ chats teach how God shapes us as disciples of Jesus, even when things don’t happen the way we planned. Listen




Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is passionate about bringing people together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Growing up in Korea, his conversion to Christianity at 16 started him on a lifelong pursuit of building bridges between the gospel, culture and faith groups. Listen




Bishop Ken Carter is president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Photo courtesy United Methodist Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Kenneth Carter

The United Methodist Council of Bishops president and Florida’s bishop, shares his faith journey, enjoying baseball, and intentionally taking Sabbath.Listen




Bishop Harald Rückert once studied food technology, speaks four languages and plays the saxophone. Photo by Volker Kiemle, Communications Germany United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Harald Rückert

In this conversation, we learn that the bishop of the Germany Central Conference once studied food technology, plays the sax, and speaks 4 languages. Listen




United Methodist bishop who serves in Russia tells of his journey of faith. Photo courtesy Bishop Eduard Khegay.

Meet Bishop Eduard Khegay

Growing up in the Soviet Union, he was skeptical of the Christian faith. When friends invited him to church events, he found joy and purpose in Jesus. Listen




Bishop Fairley is a poet, a pastor, and a basketball fan. Photo by Kumolu Studios, used with permission.

Meet Bishop Leonard Fairley

Growing up in poverty, life was not easy. In church, this future bishop found there was “always enough,” “always room,” and he was “always welcome.” Listen




Growing up in the church, there were some indications she might be a bishop one day. Photo courtesy of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

A pastor’s kid and former school psychologist, this United Methodist bishop encourages us to see beyond barriers and embrace possibilities. Listen




Bishop Laurie Haller started her service to the church as an organist.  Photo courtesy Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Laurie Haller

United Methodist bishop, musician, author, and endurance athlete shares about her life, call to ministry, and how she keeps her spirit in shape. Listen




United Methodist Bishop Frank Beard is an avid fisherman. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Frank Beard

At 11 years old, he was asked to acolyte in his United Methodist church, “Lighting the candles. Firing up the church. I think that’s been my mantra ever since.” Listen




Bishop Lewis serves the Richmond Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy the Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Sharma Lewis

A United Methodist bishop shares about her roots in the church, her call from medicine to ministry, a love of shoes, and her rich prayer life. Listen




Bishop Rudy Juan was raised in the church his grandparents founded. An official portrait courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan

Raised in a church his grandparents founded, the Philippines United Methodist bishop is passionate about serving the poor, caring for the planet, and sharing the gospel with others. Listen




Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. leads the Great Plains Annual Conference.  Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

The Great Plains bishop shares his call to ordained ministry from a career as a high school teacher, football coach, and business owner. Listen




Bishop Susan Haupert-Johnson was called to ministry after an early career in law. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

Bishop Sue tells us about her early career in law, her call to ministry, her love of books and Broadway, and her daily practice of silence. Listen