A Pastoral Message from Bishop Tracy S. Malone

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
– Isaiah 41:10

I am still processing the acts of violence and the insurrection that took place at The U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6. I am shocked and dismayed at what I saw and heard - and I know that I am not alone. The traumatization, anger and weariness that is being felt by every generation and on multiple levels are not only in response to what transpired this week, but it is a visceral response to the cumulative acts of hatred, bigotry, violence and enmity that continue to be experienced and that run rampant in communities across the nation. These ongoing pervasive forces continue to create a volatile social and political environment that perpetuate division and threaten the common good.

What we witnessed this week was a violent reaction to misinformation born out of lies, unhealthy behaviors, and fear. But we also witnessed the spirit of God at work in the midst of the chaos as people stepped up to demonstrate that truth matters. The truth does matter - and the truth is that forces of hatred, violence, and destruction do not have the last word.

Read Bishop Malone’s message in its entirety.

East Ohio Conference Clergy and Laity Stand Against Racism

Bishop Tracy S. Malone & Extended Cabinet Stand Against Racism

Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are making their voices heard as they and our brothers and sisters in Christ across The United Methodist Church stand against racism.

Read the Anti-Racism Commitment signed by Bishop Tracy S. Malone & the Extended Cabinet.

Read the Covenant to Resist Racism signed by EOC Laity and Clergy.

View the Stand Against Racism page on the Conference website to view and download:

  • small group studies
  • videos and podcasts,
  • resources for children, young adult, & adults,
  • and, resources from agencies of The United Methodist Church.

Visit the Native American Ministries page to read a statement on behalf of the East Ohio Conference Multicultural Vitality Board celebrating two momentous announcements that highlight the importance of standing against racism and promoting equality and opportunity for all.

Appointments Made to East Ohio Conference Leadership Team

Bishop Tracy S. Malone Appoints Five Clergy to New EOC Leadership Roles

Bishop Tracy S. Malone announces the following appointments, made to ensure that the East Ohio Conference continues to be strategically staffed for both the sustainability of the Church and for the future of the Church. The appointments, made after prayerful discernment, are effective July 1:

  • Rev. Ed Peterson, assistant to the Bishop;
  • Rev. Edward Fashbaugh, II, director of Connectional Ministries;
  • Rev. Angela Lewis, superintendent of the Canal District;
  • Rev. Kelly Brown, superintendent of the Three Rivers District; and
  • Rev. Laura White, superintendent of the Southern Hills District.

“Each of these leaders is fully committed to The United Methodist Church and bring visionary leadership, creative skills and expertise and ministry experiences that will strategically benefit their specific roles and will serve as a strong asset in our shared vision of sustaining our mission of making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ and for helping to steward our emerging witness and mission in the world. These transitions provide an opportunity to adapt some portfolios based on what we have learned during this past year,” Malone said.

Read the release in its entirety.

Equipping local churches to be, make, and mature disciples of Jesus Christ

EOC Vision

EOC VISION: As our Episcopal leader, Bishop Tracy S. Malone holds out a vision and a hope that we will be bold, faithful and courageous in our Christian witness and will behold the power, the Holy Spirit’s power, that has been poured out upon us. View the bishop’s vision message.

2021 Clergy Appointments

2021 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Tracy S. Malone and the Cabinet make clergy appointments with a commitment to open itineracy and consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed and the needs, characteristics and opportunities of congregations. View the clergy appointments list.

General Conference 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Visit this resource for messages from Bishop Malone, links to livestreamed worship services, non-traditional worship ideas, and other tips we can incorporate in order to stay connected to and minister with church and community members during the coronavirus pandemic.

Teach • Reach • Bless

TEACH • REACH • BLESS: The $1.5 million campaign to build a new dorm for female students at Africa University reinforces our East Ohio Conference commitment to the education and wellness of women today for a better Africa tomorrow. Learn more about and support Teach • Reach • Bless.


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