Following the election of new bishops Cynthia Harvey, Gary Mueller, and Mike McKee, the Episcopacy Committee of the South Central Jurisdiction went to work making assignments of our college of bishops for the next quadrennium. With the retirement of Bishop Charles Crutchfield, the Arkansas Annual Conference is due to receive a new bishop to lead the ministry of the United Methodist Church in our area.

This evening the Episcopacy Committee completed that work and announced the assignments before the gathered body of the SCJ Conference. For my fellow Arkansans, I’m happy to announce that we will be receiving Bishop Gary Mueller.

We’ll all get the chance to know Bishop Mueller over the coming months, but I wanted to provide a little preview in case readers are interested to know. Welcome, bishop!