INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces that Bishop Gregory Palmer, Resident Bishop of the West Ohio Area of The United Methodist Church based in Worthington, Ohio, will be the 2014 Indiana Annual Conference preacher for opening worship Thursday, May 29.

According to Coyner, “This will be a service of ‘Confession, Repentance, and Renewal’ to help us make a fresh start discerning God’s vision for the transformation of the world.”

Palmer was elected bishop in 2000 as a delegate of the East Ohio Conference. Prior to being assigned to West Ohio in 2012, he served as Resident Bishop of the Iowa Area (2000-2008) and Resident Bishop of the Illinois Area – Illinois Great Rivers Conference (2008-2012).

He was the President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops from May 2008 to May 2010. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and holds a B.A. degree from George Washington University and a M.Div. degree from Duke Divinity School.

His father, Herbert Palmer, also is a United Methodist pastor now retired.

Bishop Palmer is married to Cynthia Palmer. They have two children.