Women bishops continue to break stained glass ceiling

Houston, TX. — In The United Methodist Church, women have been breaking through stained glass ceilings for years, but only 15 female bishops currently serve in the world. Only one female bishop has served in the Texas Conference, Bishop Janice R. Huie.

Bishop Scott J. Jones recently announced that the Texas Conference delegation unanimously approved the second woman from their region who could be elected bishop next November. The 36-member delegation from the Texas General and Jurisdictional Conference, the largest in the region, named the Reverend Dr. Laceye Cammarano Warnerwho currently serves as Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement at Duke University.

Along with a handful of other approved candidates, Warner will be considered for one of three open bishopric positions at the upcoming South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, Nov. 1-5, 2022, in Houston.

“Dr. Warner demonstrates an insightful understanding of the challenges facing The United Methodist Church, but also the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead,” said Rev. Dr. Tom Pace, senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Houston, who co-led the delegation.

He went on to say that Warner recognizes the importance of rebuilding trust and accountability and working together for wider inclusion in The United Methodist Church.

“Perhaps most importantly, she understands how to work within complex systems to focus people on common goals, with measurable results and accountability,” Pace said.

Warner first perceived her calling to be considered an Episcopal candidate through the nudges of her ministry colleagues. “After a number of colleagues encouraged me to put my name forward, I spent a lot of time in prayer and reflection, discerning God’s call to offer my gifts,” she said. .

Warner’s commitment to The United Methodist Church includes serving in denominational leadership roles around the world, as well as developing decades-long relationships across the denomination.

“The primary focus of my calling while serving at Duke Divinity School for the past 20+ years has been service to The United Methodist Church through teaching and publishing,” Warner said. Its courses and teaching include clergy and laity in masters and doctoral programs, schools of advanced and basic studies, graduate schools, and youth academies. She also served in the senior leadership of Duke Divinity for approximately 15 years, leading complex systems and preparing students for pastoral ministry.

“I am honored by the unanimous approval of the Texas Conference delegation. I ask for your prayers for all candidates, delegates, and the whole of The United Methodist Church as we together discern our future. Warner said.

Warner is from The Woodlands, Texas, and lives with his family on a farm in central Texas where they care for various creatures. She is also a licensed flower grower and enjoys growing sustainably grown flowers for her local church and community.

Note: Worldwide, there are 13 female residential bishops and two retired bishops in active acting assignment.


Shannon Martin
Texas Annual Conference
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