Bishop L. Jonathan Holston will remain as resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church through the next session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, now scheduled for Nov. 10-12, 2021.
The SEJ Committee on Episcopacy, in consultation with the SEJ College of Bishops and the UMC Council of Bishops, decided to continue current episcopal assignments through the dates of the SEJ Conference, which has been postponed from mid-July 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
South Carolina’s two representatives on the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy – the Rev. Dr. Tim McClendon and Barbara Ware – announced the decision on Friday.
“I hope this means Bishop Holston will remain for the entire quadrennium,” said Rev. McClendon, pastor of St. John’s UMC in Aiken.
“I have seen so much progress in the way we work together as laity and clergy,” said Ware, the conference lay leader. “I am thrilled to know Bishop Holston and his wonderful spouse, Felecia, will continue to be a part of our South Carolina family.”
Bishop Holston echoed the joy expressed by McClendon and Ware.
“Felecia and I are so pleased to have the privilege of continuing to serve in South Carolina,” Bishop Holston said. “We are eager to build on our eight years of ministry with each of you – seeking a more excellent way as we strive to live beyond the bounds of expectations.”
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.
McClendon and Ware will remain on the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy and will represent the South Carolina Conference in the assignment of its next bishop.