Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
Friends in Christ,I recently spoke with Brian Milford at Ministry Matters where we discussed the shooting of Michael Brown, the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and justice and race issues as they relate to the body of Christ. Click here to listen to the interview and join the conversation. 
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014
On Monday, June 9 at the 2014 West Ohio Annual Conference, Bishop Palmer delivered his first Episcopal Address to the membership. In the address, he focused on the hope for change, community and transformation in a phrase from I John chapter 3, which says, “It does not yet appear what we shall be.”
Friday, Apr 25, 2014
Last June at our annual conference session, we announced our conference’s $3.5 million commitment toward Imagine No Malaria, the United Methodist Church’s worldwide effort to eliminate deaths due to malaria.I am excited and energized by this opportunity we have to save 350,000 lives!Many of our churches have already committed to goals ranging from $100 per worshipper over three years to $1 million over a period of years. As a result of those efforts West Ohio c... (read more)
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
April 16, 2014Dear friends in Christ Jesus:You already know that our Office of Diversity Initiatives is in leadership transition and I promised you an update by mid-April. I am so pleased to announce to you that Mr. Harris Tay will serve as Director of Diversity Initiatives for the West Ohio Conference effective July 1. Harris follows Rev. Jocelyn Roper who will begin serving as Superintendent of the Miami Valley District this July.Mr. Tay is currently the Exec... (read more)
Friday, Apr 4, 2014
As God’s called children, we are offered the most important commandment from Jesus, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength… and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). To live out this call and obey the commandment, we must make a sincere inventory of our lives: mind, body and spirit. From the beginning God taught us in Genesis that we are both body and spirit. We often se... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014
One of the great privileges and joys that I have is to work with an extraordinary team of staff. This includes all of the superintendents, the staff in the Conference Center and the deployed staff of the conference. And there are of course those staff employed by the districts. They are wonderful servant leaders.One of the things that we keep working at is alignment around the mission. Sometimes this drives responding to the question of where to place more or l... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014
While we toil in the cold and snow we also anticipate the warmth and brightness of Spring and Summer. June 8-11 we will gather on the shores of Lake Erie and raise our voices singing “And Are We Yet Alive?” We will worship and learn together and deliberate in community on our way to making some important decisions that will shape our shared ministry going forward. We will commission and ordain as well celebrate some milestones in ministry. For example you have... (read more)
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014
We have in our midst a unique opportunity for our children and youth to hear the call of God in their lives. I am speaking of our annual summer camp program at our three beautiful West Ohio camps – Camp Wesley, Camp Otterbein and Camp Widewater. The excitement and joy of going to camp allows every child to hear and respond to God’s call on their life.Our summer theme of “Love God, Love Others” will certainly encourage young hearts in understanding their call fr... (read more)
Monday, Feb 3, 2014
Dear beloved friends in the West Ohio Conference,You are abundantly aware that we are in the appointment season. Although appointment making goes on year-round there is an intensity and focus to this good work that comes with the winter and spring. For several months now I have been thinking and praying about those who I might appoint to serve as conference superintendents who in turn would be deployed to be servant leaders in specific districts. These are amon... (read more)
Saturday, Jan 18, 2014
Beloved in Christ Jesus:Sometimes when I describe my role as a bishop I boil it down to two things: Convening and Blessing. To be sure there are a lot of tasks that go with the job but these broad descriptors serve me well in thinking about the role. When I think about convening I have in mind bringing together the right people at the right time to have the right conversation to help us fulfill our mission. During my first year among you and with the partnershi... (read more)