Bishop Hee Soo Jung

Hee-Soo Jung

Distinguished Visiting Professor and the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on The Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
MA, Dongguk University Graduate School, Seoul, South Korea
BTh, Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea


Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is the resident bishop in the Wisconsin Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in this role since September of 2012. He played a key role in Wisconsin’s Imagine No Malaria Campaign, which raised more than $1 million.

Prior to leading the Wisconsin Conference, Jung served eight years as bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago area). He was instrumental in inspiring the Harvest 2020 movement in Northern Illinois, which resulted in many new faith communities.

Previously, Jung served as an elder in the Wisconsin Conference, where he was a pastor and a district superintendent. He taught and chaired the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Kangnam University in South Korea, and also served as pastor of congregations in California, Texas, and South Korea.

Jung is currently the president of the General Board of Global Ministry, chair of the UM Korean National Plan, and a member of the Board of Directors for Bread for the World. He serves as a member of the Ecumenical Forum for Korea at Geneva, Switzerland, and is actively involved in Korea peace and reconciliation. He has served as faculty for the Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation since 2005, and has taught in various Five-Day Academy sessions in the U.S. and abroad.

Previously, Jung served as president of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and as a member of the Board of Directors for the General Board of Discipleship, the UM National Hispanic Plan, the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, and the General Commission on United Methodist Men.