March 6, 2024


Bishop Gregory Palmer will address MTSO class of 2024


Bishop Gregory Palmer of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has accepted the invitation of Methodist Theological School in Ohio President Jay Rundell to address the school’s 2024 graduates. The commencement ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 18 in Dickinson Courtyard on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. Guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.

Ordained in 1977 and elected to the episcopacy in 2000, Palmer served as bishop for eight years in Iowa and four years in Illinois before arriving at West Ohio in 2012. He plans to retire at the conclusion of the West Ohio Annual Conference June 1.

Palmer, who received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and his undergraduate degree from George Washington University, has served on the MTSO Board of Trustees since 2012.

He served as president of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2004 to 2008 and president of the Council of Bishops from April 2008 to May 2010.

“During his quarter-century in the episcopacy, Bishop Palmer has not just seen significant United Methodist history – he has helped to shape it,” Rundell said. “He can preach a little, too. It’s fitting, after 12 years as a trustee and true friend of our school, that he will share his wisdom and inspiration with our graduates.”

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in public theology, social justice and theological studies, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, communications director, 740-362-3322