Bishop L. Jonathan Holston will remain as resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church through the current quadrennium, which has been extended at least through late 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UMC Council of Bishops approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction on Friday. The recommendations were made by the SEJ College of Bishops following consultation with the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy.
The two South Carolina representatives on the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy – Conference Lay Leader Barbara Ware and the Rev. Dr. Tim McClendon, pastor of St. John’s UMC in Aiken – expressed their excitement at the continuation of Bishop Holston’s assignment, saying it “affirms his vital, focused ministry in South Carolina.”
Bishop Holston said he is eager to continue walking alongside the laity and clergy of the South Carolina Conference.
“Felecia and I look forward to building on the strong lay-clergy partnership that has developed here in our first nine years in South Carolina,” Bishop Holston said. “We are pleased to take the next faithful steps with all of you as we seek a more excellent way in all avenues of ministry and mission.”
Bishop Holston was assigned as resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference after his first-ballot election as bishop at the 2012 SEJ Conference. He was reassigned for a second quadrennium in 2016.