The Committee on Episcopacy of the North Central Jurisdiction has announced the assignment of Bishop Julius C. Trimble to the Indiana Episcopal Area beginning September 1, 2016. Trimble will succeed Bishop Michael J. Coyner, who has served the Indiana Conference for the past 12 years. Trimble, who previously served as the resident bishop of the Iowa Area for the past eight years, was elected as Bishop in The United Methodist Church in 2008 from the East Ohio Conference.
A native of Chicago, he was ordained deacon and elder in the Northern Illinois Conference where he served two churches before transferring to the East Ohio Conference. He served churches in the Cleveland, Ohio area and as District Superintendent of the Cleveland District (1996-2003). He received training in faith-based community organizing and served as President of WECAN (Westside-Eastside Communities Action Network) in Cleveland, a faith-based community organization addressing issues of safety, economic development and public education.
A graduate of Illinois State University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. A strong advocate for social justice and increased attention to ministries addressing mental health issues, he has promoted ministries related to domestic violence and the role of the faith community. Bishop Trimble has worked with ecumenical leadership in Iowa in response to gun violence and immigration reform. He serves as Chairperson of the United Methodist Interagency Immigration Task Force. Before his election as a bishop, he served as Adjunct Instructor at United Methodist-related Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where he taught courses on the African-American religious experience and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Married to Racelder Grandberry-Trimble, a professional counselor and graduate of Methodist Theological School of Ohio, they are the parents of three adult children: Cameron, Candiace and Julius Thomas. Bishop Trimble has preached throughout the United States and in Africa. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bishop James S. Thomas Leadership Award presented by the Methodist Federation for Social Action of East Ohio. He was awarded the Iowa MFSA Social Action Award in June, 2015. His mission statement is: “to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential.”