The Bishop’s two-point charge brings him back to an area he remembers well.
“To a certain extent, it will be like going home,” he said, noting that he grew up in west Texas, and that his late father had a long career as a pastor in the Northwest Texas Conference.
W. Earl Bledsoe is the resident bishop of the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Episcopal Area. Following his election to the episcopacy in July 2008, he served four years in the Dallas area. He received a B.A. from West Texas State University, 1982; Master of Divinity, Perkins School of Theology, 1985; and Doctor of Ministry, Drew University, 1991.
Prior appointments include: superintendent of the Bryan/West District; pastor of Spring Woods UMC, Houston; and Cypress UMC director of Teaching Ministries, Texas Conference. Pastoral appointments include Bear Creek UMC, Houston; Hanham Methodist Church, Bristol, England; St. Andrews UMC, Ft. Worth; Wyatt Memorial UMC, Amarillo, and Anahuac Circuit, Anahuac, Texas.
Bishop Bledsoe serves on the General Board of Church and Society and is Chair of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21). He was a jurisdictional member of the Connectional Table, 2004-2008; Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee representative, 2004; and General Conference delegate, 1992-2008. Additionally, he is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Southwestern University, McMurry University, Texas Methodist Foundation, and ex-officio on the New Mexico Methodist Foundation Board. He also serves on the Central Conference Coordinating Committee.
Bishop Bledsoe is married to Leslie Jean (Bray), and they have six adult children.
The Foundation Board and staff warmly welcome the Bledsoe’s to New Mexico!
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