Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church will deliver the 2015 commencement address at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 23 in Dickinson Courtyard on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. Guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.
Before his assignment to West Ohio in September 2012, Palmer served as bishop in Iowa and Illinois. He was president of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2004 to 2008 and president of the Council of Bishops from April 2008 to May 2010. Since 2012, he has served as a trustee of MTSO.
Palmer received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
"For those entering ministry, Bishop Palmer models the depth, passion and joy of faithful Christian leadership," said President Jay Rundell. "I look forward to the wisdom and inspiration he'll provide when he addresses our graduates and guests."
MTSO will award master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as Doctor of Ministry degrees, at the May 23 ceremony.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of lasting significance in service to the church and the world. For more information, visit www.mtso.edu.
Danny Russell, director of communications