Sally Dyck elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church
July 17, 2004        
DAVENPORT, Iowa (UMNS) — The Rev. Sally Dyck of the East Ohio Annual (regional) Conference has been elected a bishop by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Dyck, pastor of Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Pepper Pike, Ohio, was elected July 16. She will fill one of the vacancies created in the denomination’s North Central Jurisdictional College of Bishops by the retirements of three bishops.
The new bishops are being elected by 328 delegates attending the July 14-17 conference. Dyck will become one of 50 active U.S. bishops serving in the United Methodist Church and will lead one of the episcopal areas of the 12 annual conferences that make up the nine-state jurisdiction. The North Central Jurisdiction is home to 1.6 million United Methodists in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

A consecration service for the new bishops will be held at 9:30 a.m., July 17, at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

An episcopal assignment committee is already considering where Dyck and other active bishops will serve for the next four years. Their assignments will be effective Sept. 1.

Several groups endorsed Dyck’s candidacy for bishop including the Northern Illinois Jurisdictional Delegation, the North Central Jurisdictional Women’s Caucus, the North Central Jurisdictional and East Ohio Methodists for Social Action, East Ohio Conference Youth Council, East Ohio Conference Clergywomen’s Association and the Town and Country and Urban networks of the North Central Jurisdiction. Dyck was elected on the 36th ballot, receiving 228 votes of the 311 votes cast.

While the North Central Jurisdictional Conference is electing three bishops, four other United Methodist jurisdictional conferences are meeting to elect 18 others.

A jurisdictional conference has the following power and duties:

  • To promote the evangelistic, educational, missionary and benevolent interests of the church and to provide for interests and institutions within their boundaries. 
  • To elect bishops.
  • To establish and constitute jurisdictional conference boards as auxiliaries to the general boards of the church.
  • To determine the boundaries of annual conferences.
  • To make rules and regulations for the administration of the church’s work within the jurisdiction.
  • To appoint a committee on appeals.
    The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by a merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. Methodists elected their bishops at one national gathering until 1940, when the jurisdictional system was instituted. Bishops in the EUB church were elected at one national gathering until 1968.

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