GC 2012: Council of Bishops Leadership Change

May 03, 2012

The new Council of Bishops leadership team was presented at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, May 1.

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany is the new president on the Council of Bishops succeeding Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster. Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., episcopal leader of the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church and resident bishop in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, has taken Wenner's place as president-designate, and Bishop Mary Ann Swenson bishop in the California-Pacific Annual Conference is the new secretary.
Wenner began her term on the third day of the 2012 General Conference and will hold office for two years. Bishop Brown will succeed her in 2014.
They were elected (Nov. 2, 2011) at the Council's fall meeting at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.