2015 Annual Conference Speaker


Bishop John L. Hopkins

Bishop John L. Hopkins was assigned to the East Ohio Conference in 2004, following eight years as bishop of the Minnesota Annual Conference. 

He 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 for the stewardship of the mission, ministries, and resources of The United Methodist Church

Hopkins 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.

Prior to being elected to the episcopacy, Hopkins was senior pastor of the Methodist Temple in Evansville, Ind., director for the North Indiana Conference Council on Ministries, campus minister at Ball State University, pastor of a two-point charge, and Protestant chaplain at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH.  He was ordained a deacon in 1972 and an elder in 1975.

Hopkins was instrumental in the creation and launch of Operation Classroom in 1985.  In 2013, he returned to many of those schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone while traveling in Africa with a team from East Ohio. 
Hopkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from Indiana University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and he completed a Wheelock Residency at Dartmouth College.  The residency focused on hospital, campus and parish ministry. 

He and wife Elaine are parents of three sons and grandparents of seven.