Bishop Tracy S. Malone is the new resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.
“I have been praying and preparing for my ministry with and among the people of the East Ohio Episcopal area,” she said. “I come with joy and great anticipation of what God will accomplish through us as we work together to make a difference for Christ in our local churches, communities and the world.”
Malone was serving as the district superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region in the Northern Illinois Conference when she was elected to the Episcopacy in July. Prior to that appointment she served several different churches in the conference, the last of which was Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where she was senior pastor. During her ministry she has also taught courses as an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, published articles, blogs and book reviews, written chapters for several books, and provided leadership on several boards and agencies.
She succeeds Bishop John L. Hopkins who retired as a bishop after serving eight years in the Minnesota Conference and the past 12 in the East Ohio Conference. There are 732 churches and 150,000 members in the East Ohio Conference, which stretches from Lake Erie in the north to the Ohio River in the south, and from Tiffin and Delaware in the west to the Pennsylvania and West Virginia borders in the east.
“I ask you to turn to your new bishop, Bishop Tracy S. Malone, who is just a wonderful gift of God who is coming to serve among you,” Hopkins said in his farewell message to the conference.
“We are living in desperate times where fear, hatred, poverty, racism, violence and indifference tear at the very fabric of our churches, communities, cities and nation,” Malone said. “The Church is STILL the hope for the world. The church is STILL charged with the task of proclaiming the Word of God, sharing the love of Jesus Christ, witnessing and advocating for peace and justice, engaging in mission and making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. The people of the East Ohio Conference are faithful and committed to making a difference for Jesus Christ in the world.”
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Malone received her call to ministry at the early age of 13. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Computer Science, from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
She and husband Derrick Malone are parents of two daughters.