THE EPISCOPAL OFFICE
Born: December 1, 1945
Married: Elaine M. Smithson, September 4, 1964
Education and Honors:
Hopkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from Indiana University, and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. He completed a Wheelock Residency at Dartmouth College focusing on hospital, campus and parish ministry.
Hopkins was assigned to the East Ohio Conference in 2004. He previously served the Minnesota Annual Conference from 1996-2004. Other positions he has held include: Senior Pastor of The Methodist Temple in Evansville, Indiana; Director for the North Indiana Conference Council on Ministries in Marion, Indiana; Campus Minister at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; Pastor of a two-point charge near LaPorte, Indiana; and Protestant Chaplain at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH during his Wheelock Residency. He was ordained a Deacon in 1972 and an Elder in 1975.
Hopkins currently serves on the General Board of Church and Society. From 2004-2012 he served as chair of The Connectional Table that is responsible for the discernment and articulation of the vision for the church and the stewardship of the mission, ministries, and resources of The United Methodist Church. He previously served on the Executive Committee of The Council of Bishops, on the General Council on Ministries, and on the United Methodist Publishing House. He was a General Conference Delegate in 1984, 1988 and 1996.
Hopkins was instrumental in the creation and launch of Operation Classroom in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has led mission work teams of college students to various places including Mexico, Johns Island, Tampa and Key West. He has led mission trips to Korea, Japan, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Hopkins is an avid reader and enjoys technology, running, and playing guitar.
8800 Cleveland Avenue N.W., North Canton, Ohio 44720
Bishop John L. Hopkins
Resident Bishop to the
East Ohio Conference
Rev. Dr. Gary George
Assistant to the Bishop
Executive Secretary to the Bishop’s Office
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH.
near the Akron-Canton airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW ·
North Canton, OH 44720
Toll Free: 800-831-3972
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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