Two Candler Alumni Elected to UMC Episcopacy

November 4, 2022

Two Candler alumni have been elected to serve as bishops in The United Methodist Church (UMC) during jurisdictional meetings held the week of October 31.

merill-story.jpgberlin-story.jpgThomas Berlin 88T, lead pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, was elected at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Berlin has been assigned to serve the Florida Episcopal Area. Read more.

Laura Merrill 95T, Central District superintendent for the Rio Texas Conference, was elected at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Houston, Texas. Merrill has been assigned to serve the Arkansas Episcopal Area. Read more.

Berlin and Merrill will begin two-year terms on January 1, 2023. They will be appointed to a subsequent four-year term when jurisdictional conferences next convene in 2024.