Candidate Biography

    The Rev. Jerome R. Devine

    Battle Creek, MI

    Spouse: Ruth
    Children: Nathaniel, Jonathan, Ian
    Education and Honors:
  • D.Min.: Race, Ethnicity & Ministry in the Wesleyan Perspective Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 1999-2004
    Project Thesis: Living in the Other's Vision: Cross- Cultural
    Partnerships in Native American Pastoral Education
  • M.Div.: Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC 1981-1985
  • B.A.: Westmar College, LeMars, IA 1978-1981 [double-major: Sociology and Religion]
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 1972-1973

  • Westmar College Distinguished Alumni "Vita" Award
  • Kent County Maryland Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Humanitarian Award Nominee
  • Bishop's Ecumenism Award (Peninsula-Delaware Conf. )
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Univ. and Colleges
  • American Bible Society Award
  • Quentin C. Lansman Memorial Award ("integration of Christian faith ... creative cutting edge in relationship with society...")
  • Rotary Foundation Int. Group Study Exchange Award
  • Ministry:
  • 2004-present: Albion District Superintendent (West Michigan); (Cabinet Dean 2007-08)
  • 2002-2003: Interim Director, Native American Course of Study School
  • 1999-2004: Ministry Consultant, West Michigan Conference Council on Ministries Staff
  • 1996-99: General Board of Global Ministries (Adjunct Consultant, Mission Caravan Program)
  • 1995-99: First United Methodist church, Chestertown, MD (Lead Pastor)
  • 1993-95: General Board of Global Ministries, New York, NY (Coordinator for Mission Leaders)
  • 1989-93: Kingswood United Methodist Church, Newark, DE (Pastor) and Peninsula-Delaware Conference Secretary of Global Ministries,]
  • 1985-89: St.Paul’’s United Methodist Church, Wilmington, DE (Associate Pastor)
  • 1981-85: Grace United Methodist Church, Cambridge, MD (Student Assistant-Pastor)
  • Membership:
    West Michigan Conference
    Current experiences
  • General Commission on Religion and Race: Executive Committee;
  • General Agency Review Committee, Chair; Strategic Plan Task Force, Chair.
  • 2008 General Conference: First Reserve Delegate;
  • General Commission on Religion and Race/General Commission on Status and Role of Women Monitoring Writing Team;
  • West Michigan Conference: Conference Council on Ministries Executive Committee
  • North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries: Officer Schools of Christian Mission Study Leader
  • Native American Course of Study Advisory Board

    Prior responsibilities
  • General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: National Course of Study Directors Council
  • North Central Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission Board: officer
  • West Michigan Conference: Board of Ordained Ministry, Global Ministries, Council on Finance and Administration
  • Detroit Area: Spiritual Formation, Christian Education, Prayer Center, Religion & Race, Prison Ministries--Restorative Justice, Racial Ethnic Local Church, Acts of Repentance & Reconciliation Task Force ,Indian Workers Conference
  • Peninsula United Methodist Homes Board of Directors.
  • Interfaith Lay Academy
  • Children’s & Family Services Board
  • Delaware Epilepsy Association
  • Sierra Leone Relief Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • State Police Advisory Board
  • Chester Valley Ministers’ Assoc. President

  • Creating Editor of General Board of Global Ministries Mission Means packet
  • Contributor to "Idea Mart" section of Interpreter
  • Provided cover and article photos for New World Outlook, May/June 1994, Africa study focus
  • Featured in "Truth and Wholeness: Replacing White Privilege with God’s Promise", new
  • General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns/General Commission on Religion and Race DVD debuted at General Conference 2008
  • Office:
    Albion District
    5671 Whitneyville Ave. SE
    Alto, MI 49302
    Office e-mail:
    Endorsed by:
    West Michigan Conference Commission on Religion and Race
    Detroit Conference Commission on Religion and Race
    West Michigan Town & Rural Association
    North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries

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