Bishop Julius C. Trimble was assigned, July 16, 2016, to the Indiana Episcopal Area or Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church – (INUMC), by the 184 delegates of the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in Peoria, Illinois. He was elected and consecrated a bishop by the same jurisdiction in 2008 and served eight years as the resident bishop of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist before his current assignment to INUMC.
Trimble, a native of Chicago and a graduate of Illinois State University earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
Trimble, ordained a deacon and elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, served two churches in his home conference before receiving an appointment in and transferring his membership to the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church (EOUMC).
During his ministry in EOUMC, Trimble served churches in the Cleveland area and as the Superintendent of the Cleveland District from 1996-2003. He later served as the Assistant to the Bishop (Chief of Staff) to Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton from 2003 until his election to the episcopacy in 2008.
Trimble has preached throughout the United States, Africa, and the Holy Land. He is also the recipient of many honors and awards including the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, as well as the 2007 Bishop James S. Thomas Social Action Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action at Lakeside, OH.
As a general superintendent (bishop) of the Church, he continues to promote faith-based responses to domestic violence, as well as encourages the establishment of mental health ministries at the local church and conference level. He is also an active advocate for social justice, faith-based initiatives to address gun violence, as well as immigration reform.
In 2015, his book, A Faithful Church, and a Healthy World: Reflections and Poems, was published by the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church to support The United Methodist Church’s ongoing-initiative Imagine No Malaria. Additionally, in 2015, he received the Peace and Justice Award from the Iowa Conference Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA).
During the December 2017 Advent Commencement of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Trimble delivered the commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his exceptional spiritual leadership, compassion for all people, and powerful witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Ohio-based seminary noted his engagement in faith-based work to address social justice issues, as well as his work of advocacy for the United Methodist Global Health Initiative, especially in the efforts, make the world malaria and AIDS-free.
Bishop Trimble married First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble, a professional counselor and graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, in May 1978. The couple has three adult children: Cameron, Candiace (Herman Wake), and Julius Thomas. The Trimbles watched their only daughter, Candiace, walk down the aisle in March of 2016, and in July 2018 the Trimbles celebrated the birth of their first granddaughter, Corrine.
Trimble’s mission statement is “to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential” or “Be Encouraged” for short.