The Installation of Bishop Delores J. Williamston


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The Service of Installation for Bishop Delores J. Williamston, the 11th bishop of The Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, was held on Saturday, March 4, at 11:00 am, in the historic Lawless Chapel on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans.

Lawless Chapel, Dillard University
New Orleans, LA

It was a joyous occasion to gather and celebrate the historic installation of the first African-American bishop to be assigned to the Louisiana Conference, and the first African-American female to be elected bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Williamston was elected bishop in The United Methodist Church on November 2, 2022.  She began her assignment to the Louisiana Conference on January 1, 2023.

Bishop Williamston was ordained as an elder in 2010 and previously served in the Great Plains Conference as the superintendent for the Hays, Hutchinson and Salina Districts. She also served as Director of Clergy Excellence and Assistant to the Bishop. 

Prior to beginning her service with the Great Plains Conference, Williamston served churches in Independence, Salina, Mentor, and Topeka in Kansas. She earned her master’s of divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, with a specialty in Black Church ministries and evangelism. She is pursuing a doctorate of ministry from Philips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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