Rev. Tom Berlin Elected Bishop
We are honored to announce that Rev. Tom Berlin was elected bishop on November 2, 2022, at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Bishop Berlin will begin his new appointment in the Florida Conference on January 1, 2023. Join us in congratulating him as he begins serving the United Methodist Church in this new role.
Rev. Barbara Miner will serve as our interim lead pastor until a new lead pastor is appointed to Floris UMC. We anticipate that this will happen in July 2023. Her transition as lead pastor will begin on December 1, 2022.
Read more from UM News about the election of Rev. Tom Berlin.
Watch Rev. Thomas M. Berlin after he is elected as a new bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdiction.
Stay tuned to VAUMC’s Facebook page and VAUMC’s website to see where Rev. Berlin will be assigned on November 3.
Join us for a Town Hall on November 6 at 6 p.m. to learn about this important transition in our church.
Celebrate 25 years in ministry with Tom and Karen Berlin on December 4 at 2 p.m.
What is Jurisdictional Conference?
The Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church (UMC) assemble from November 2-5, 2022. They meet to elect and assign new bishops for the episcopacy in the UMC.
The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) convenes November 2-4, 2022, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
Rev. Tom Berlin is a Virginia Conference Episcopal Nominee.
Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church
- Delegates – 359
- Annual Conferences – 13
- Missionary Conference – 1
- Recommendation – Elect 3 Bishops
- Nominees – 9
- Voting Threshold for Election – 60%
- Voting Rounds in 2016 – 10
Find out more about Rev. Tom Berlin’s episcopal nomination.
Episcopal Election Timeline
- November 2-3, 2022 – Election
- November 4, 2022 – Consecration of new Bishops
- January 1, 2023 – Bishops begin serving in their new appointments
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”