Three additional bishops elected at SEJ Conference


Dr. Kenneth H. Carter Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Carter Jr. of Waynesville, N.C., has been elected bishop by the  Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Carter, 54, superintendent of the Smoky Mountain District of the Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference, was elected July 18 by jurisdictional conference delegates. On Sept. 1, he will become one of 13 active bishops in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, which includes 15 annual (regional) conferences. Delegates of the 2012 jurisdictional conferences will elect a total 11 U.S. bishops, 5 of which will come from the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Carter is the second elected bishop of the 2012 conferences.

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Rev. Young J Cho

The Rev. Young J Cho, superintendent of the Arlington District of the Virginia Annual (regional) Conference, was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 19. Elected on the29th ballot of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Cho was elected with 287 votes.

Cho is the final new bishop to be elected by the Southeastern Juriscional Conference in 2012. A total of five have been elected by the assembly, which is meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

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Debbie Wallace-Padgett

The Rev. Debbie Wallace-Padgett of the Kentucky Annual (regional) Conference has been elected a bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church.

She becomes the fourth bishop elected in the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Jurisdictional conferences are being held this week in five regions of the United States. Wallace-Padgett, who serves as Lead Pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky., was elected on a ballot taken at 5:20 p.m. on July 18. She will fill one of the vacancies created in the denomination’s jurisdictional College of Bishops by the retirement of five bishops.

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