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Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr. and the Presiding Elders of the Second Episcopal District. From left to right:

Presiding Elder Bruce Gibson (Cleveland-Pittsburgh District), Presiding Elder Martha Granger (Evansville-Hopkinsville District), Bishop Thomas, Presiding Elder Vincent Farris (Louisville-Lexington District), and Presiding Elder Tracy Jackson (Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District).

The mission of the CME Church in the Second Episcopal District is to form Christian disciples through the systematic training and development of CME clergy and laity. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, CME disciples will preach and teach the word of Christ, nurture spiritual growth and stewardship, and witness and organize for systematic and social change in our communities. Our quadrennial theme is "The Investment Factor: A Changed People Changing the World."
                 Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr., Presiding Prelate

Our District Encompasses

Ohio & Central Indiana Annual Conference

Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District
Cleveland-Pittsburgh District

Kentucky Annual Conference

Louisville-Lexington District
Evansville-Hopkinsville District


To my beloved Second Episcopal District family, whom I love and am blessed to share with as partners in the ministry of Jesus Christ. I always keep you close in my heart and thoughts. I borrow the words of the writer of 3 John and say to you; “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2-NKJ) I remain grateful to the 2014 General Conference for this assignment to serve with you in the Second Episcopal District, where #EverySecondCounts. Let us continue to stay together as we do the work of kingdom building in this heartland of these United States.

 A lot has happened since we were last in touch with each other. The tenure of the 1st African American President has come to an end. The nation is now led by the 45th President of the United States. Let us be in prayer for our nation and the world. I have much more to say but there will be opportunities to say much more as time unfolds. I will say, I am concerned by what I already see. But who knows what all of this may mean for us as a people, nation, and world. No matter what, we have the assurance that this is “our Father’s world.” Therefore, I am depending on God and I invite you to do likewise.

One of my delights is having the pleasure of expressing my gratitude to the presiding elders, pastors, and members of the 89 congregations that made up the Second Episcopal District. You have done so much to make me proud and honored to serve as your presiding bishop. Let me thank you for the excellent reports made during our December reporting period. Because of the financial reports made on each presiding elders’ district by all the congregations, we were able to again meet our obligations to the Connectional Church. I thank you for the support given to Phillips School of Theology’s Pastors’ Conference and Founders’ Day events. The Second Episcopal District reported $25,000.00. Please know that beginning next year, our asking will be $30,000.00. Let us begin now preparing to meet that goal. In addition, I want to thank you for your assistance with the Fund to Assist Other Churches. Although we didn’t raise as much as I would like for us to have raised, I am grateful what we did raise and for the churches who assisted us. Please know that out of those funds, we have assisted in some small way, Stewart Memorial in Columbus and Miles Memorial in Louisville. Finally, let me thank the presiding elders, districts, congregations, organizations, and individuals who shared gifts with me during the Christmas season. It was my intent to send personal expressions to each of you. If I did not, please forgive me, it was an oversight.

The College of Bishops voted to designate February as “Love St. Jude Month”. I am asking each congregation in the Second to lift a special offering for St. Jude one Sunday in February. Please let us join the fight to find a cure for cancer among children. Please send your funds to your presiding elder. Thank you for your support and cooperation with this worthy cause.

Please keep the Council in your prayers, I have been elected to serve as its president for the next two years. I will be calling upon our churches in the State of Ohio to help me have a successful and fruitful tenure as president.

Closing Thought:

“If it’s important to you, you will make happen. If it’s not important to you, you will find excuses not to do it.”

 Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, (UMC)

~Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Sr.~

  • Reverend Lovie D. Brown, 89 - passed December 28, 2016

  • Homegoing Service: Phillips Temple CME, Indianapolis, IN​​​​​​​

  • Jan. 7, 2017 (11:00 pm)

  • Reverend Guy J. Robinson, 98 - passed January 13, 2017

  • Homegoing Service: St. Phillips CME, Hamilton, OH

  • Jan. 20, 2017 (1:00 pm)

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