Bishop John L. Hopkins announces the retirement of the Rev. Paul R. White, effective June 30, 2014.
“Paul, in many ways, has been the head and heart of the East Ohio Conference,” Hopkins said. “I am deeply grateful to God for Paul’s sacrificial dedication and faithful service.”
White is director of Connectional Ministries for the East Ohio Conference, a position to which he was appointed by Bishop Jonathan Keaton in 2002.
On June 30, 2014 White will have completed 40 years of serving the East Ohio Conference. His first appointment was as pastor of Nelson United Methodist Church. In 1978 he moved to Willoughby United Methodist Church as associate pastor. White became associate director of the Conference Council on Ministries in 1986, a position he held until being named superintendent of the Painesville District in 1997.
“Each position has been a privilege to serve and has enhanced my ministry and my life,” White said. “As much as I have enjoyed and found meaning in these 40 years of ministry, I sense it is time to move in a new direction.”
White will continue to serve as secretary of the North Central Jurisdiction for the remainder of the 2012-2016 quadrennium.