Please join together in welcoming the return of Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and his wife, Cynthia, to West Ohio. Bishop Palmer has been the Resident Bishop of the Ohio West Area since 2012. With his reassignment at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference last week, he will remain resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference for the remainder of this quadrennium, until August 31, 2024.
He was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2000 and served the Iowa Area until assuming responsibilities in the Illinois Area in 2008. In 2021 The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church temporarily assigned Bishop Gregory V. Palmer as interim presiding bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) as his colleague, Bishop Frank Beard was on medical leave at that time.
Married for 46 years to his wife Cynthia, they are the parents of two adult children. Monica is a public-school principal in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Aaron is a Senior Product Owner for an interactive technology company based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cynthia Palmer is an honors graduate in religion from Duke University and a senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She is an outstanding student and teacher of the Scriptures and has strong competencies in leadership development.