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Please join us in worship on Sunday, February 11 as we welcome Bishop David Alan Bard as the guest preacher.
Bishop David Alan Bard is currently serving as bishop of the Michigan Area where he was initially assigned in 2016. He also served as interim bishop of the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church 2021-2022. A United Methodist pastor for over thirty years he has served congregations in Roseau, on the Iron Range, and was from 1998-2005, the Northwest District Superintendent for The United Methodist Church in Minnesota. Just prior to coming to Michigan, Bishop Bard was pastor of First United Methodist Church Duluth, Minnesota, the community he grew up in. He served on a number of regional and denomination-wide boards and committees and was elected to represent the Minnesota Conference at five General Conferences (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016). He was elected to the episcopacy in 2016. He served as the president of the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops from spring of 2017 through spring of 2023 , and is currently a member of the Council of Bishops Anti-Racism Task Force.
Bishop Bard is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A. cum laude, philosophy and psychology), United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (M.Div.) and has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Christian Ethics from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He has taught courses at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as an adjunct faculty member. Among the courses he taught are United Methodist History and Polity, Religious Perspectives in Living, Dying and Grieving and Religious Perspectives on Health Care Ethics. He has served on various civic boards, including the Board of Directors for Life House, an outreach program for homeless youth and the St. Louis County Heading Home Governance Board. In August of 2021 Bishop Bard received the Distinguised Alum Award from his alma mater, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Bishop Bard married his wife Julie, also from Duluth, in 1982. Julie is a long-time educator. Together they have three adult children – David L., Elizabeth (Michael) and Sarah (Aaron) and two adorable grandchildren, Henry and Eleanora.