Bishop Will Willimon
Bishop Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Department at Duke University. He served as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church for Eight years and prior to that time was the Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. His books have sold millions of copies worldwide and he is the Editor-at-large of The Christian Century magazine. His newest book entitled, “Preacher’s Dare: Speaking for God” is already a Best-Seller.
Rev. David Wiggs
Rev. Wiggs is the Senior Pastor of the 8,000 member Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Previous to this appointment he served as the Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Enid, Oklahoma and as the District Superintendent of the Stillwater District. His sermons are broadcast weekly on ABC Channel 8 throughout the Southwest.
Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr.
Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr. is currently the resident Bishop of the Great Plains Area, which includes the Great Plains Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Prior to his election to the Episcopacy he was considered the key point person to the Bishop and Cabinet of the Rio Texas Conference, based in San Antonio, in designing and implementing ministries to fulfill the Conference’s mission to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He also served as the Director of Connectional Ministries and the Executive Director of the Mission Vitality Center in that Conference.
He holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he was presented the Faculty Award for the student who best exemplified the goals and mission of SMU. Bishop Saenz has served Churches in Dallas, El Paso and Edinburg, Texas. In his congregations he developed many innovative programs including the Levantate—Get UP computer literacy program, targeting single mothers who were unemployed because of factory shutdowns so they could enter the job market at a sustainable wage level. Bishop Saenz and his wife, Maye have four children and reside in Topeka, Kansas.
Bishop John Keaton
Bishop Keaton was elected to the Episcopacy in 1996 after serving as the District Superintendent of the Aurora District in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Prior to that time he was the Conference Council Director in that Conference. He also served as the Senior Pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Rockford, Illinois and the Senior Pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois. As a United Methodist Bishop he led The Michigan and West Michigan Conferences, The East Ohio Conference and the Illinois Conference. Bishop Keaton currently serves as a member of the Council of Bishop’s Leadership Team on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.
Bishop Al Gwinn
Bishop Gwinn has served Churches ranging from rural, inner city and suburban congregations. For ten years he served as the Senior Pastor of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, which under his leadership became the largest Church in that Conference. He also served as the Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington and as the District Superintendent of the Lexington District. He was elected to the Episcopacy in 2004 and served as the Bishop of the North Carolina Conference based in Raleigh.
The Stations of The Cross
From Gethsemane to the Tomb, walk with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross. This self-directed worship experience takes place in our Sanctuary and portray artwork created by Epworth members & friends inspired by scripture. Learn more.
Dr. Stephen Lowell Swisher
Dr. Swisher is the Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church located in the heart of Toledo, Ohio. He is a fourth generation United Methodist leader and has served as the Senior Pastor of Churches of all sizes including small, new Church start, County Seat, Suburban and Large Church appointments. His Churches have ranged in size from under 100 to more than 6,000 members. Prior to his current appointment he led Etna United Methodist Church in East Columbus, Ohio which became the fastest growing Church in the West Ohio Conference for three years in a row. He is the recipient of the prestigious Harry Denman Award from the Foundation of Evangelism of the United Methodist Church and the West Ohio Conference and was selected as Alumni of the Year from his alma mater United Theological Seminary. For 10 years he was an Adjunct Professor in Preaching and Leadership in the Doctor of Ministry program at United. Dr. Swisher also served for 5 years as Chaplain of the Ohio State Senate. His messages are heard by thousands at 4 weekend Worship services, online at epworth.com/sermons and Sundays at 11:30am on CBS Channel 11 broadcast throughout the Midwest. He is often a guest author in Christian periodicals and writes a popular weekly Column in the Toledo Blade Newspaper. He is the author of “God’s Way to Good Health” published by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Press, NY.
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Dr. Swisher’s message Let Easter Happen to You.