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About Bishop Julius C. Trimble

Bishop 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. Bishop Trimble and First Lady Grandberry-Trimble have served in the Indiana Conference since 2016—over 40 years together in ordained ministry.

Speeches, Sermons, & Writings

Bishop Julius C. Trimble Named General Secretary of General Board of Church and Society

Bishop Julius C. Trimble has been elected as the General Secretary for the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church,...

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Bishop: Beyond Prayer

I do not want to do anything but sit in my anger. Another mass shooting, and my anger overshadows my grief. Professionals would probably say...

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Bishop: I Believe

Twenty years ago, I wrote the following in the Pastors Corner of the monthly newsletter for Aldersgate UMC in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where I served...

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Ending Gun Violence is Our Prayer

Gun Violence is strain and drain on society as a whole; however, the trauma and devastation happens in communities where we live and call home....

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Bishop on Affirmative Action: Why the Church Should Speak Up

The recent decision by the majority of the Supreme Court justices to end Affirmative Action based on race in the college admissions process should alarm...

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From Bishop’s Desk: Because He Lives

The Resurrection of JesusWhen the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go...

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It snowed today – a poem by Bishop Trimble

It snowed todayAnd I was GladNovember whiteThe trees adorned It snowed todayAs God’s helloThe children playedAnd all was wellFall gave way toWinter teaseLike ornamentsOn naked...

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Bishop responds to shooting at Greenwood Park Mall

I was working on a report about the Church’s response to gun violence as I watched the news conference regarding the shooting at the Greenwood...

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Areas of Focus


Africa University

As United Methodists, we aim to lead people toward transformation through Jesus Christ. To further this mission, we support Africa University, a mission that is near and dear to Bishop Trimble’s heart. In 2022, he launched a missional challenge to create an endowment fund that will provide scholarships to students at Africa University.


IN Against Racism

As believers, we are called to repent of the sin of racism, both personally and collectively. We must listen, learn, and engage in restorative action. Through the IN Against Racism initiative, Bishop Trimble and the INUMC seek to raise awareness, eliminate racism in the Church, and address concerns that threaten the cause of racial justice.


Children Matter Most

Jesus takes children seriously and harshly warns against harming them. Children are the most vulnerable among us and also the most resilient when they have opportunities to thrive. Because of this belief, Bishop Trimble has convened a group of leaders to focus on the needs of children throughout Indiana.

Bishop’s Christmas Offering

Every year, INUMC churches collect funds for the Bishop’s Christmas Offering. Money raised is distributed to our camping ministries, three Indiana United Methodist-related children and youth homes, national and global Advance projects, and Indiana outreach projects. Outreach projects are selected through a grant application process.

Be Encouraged

This is the place where together we can accomplish the mission to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential.

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Extension Ministry Reporting

Bishop loves supporting our Extension Ministers, those who have a calling to a ministry beyond the local church to serve a specific ministry or missional need. Those serving in Extension Ministry help do the administration and ministry of the Church in regional or global areas, as well as to better help the Church relate to and serve the world.


TitleMinistry CategoryResource Typehf:tax:resource_types
2023 Easter Sermon [video]BishopSpecial Initiatives, Webinars & Educational Videosspecial-initiatives webinars-educational-videos
Africa University TestimonialBishopSpecial Initiatives, Webinars & Educational Videosspecial-initiatives webinars-educational-videos
Appointment to an Extension MinistryBishop, Clergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments
Bishop Trimble Africa University Fundraiser [video]BishopSpecial Initiativesspecial-initiatives
Bishop: A New Year To Pursue Beloved CommunityBishop, Diversity & Anti-RacismSpecial Initiativesspecial-initiatives
Bishop’s Africa University Message for St. Lukes [video]BishopSpecial Initiatives, Webinars & Educational Videosspecial-initiatives webinars-educational-videos
Extension Ministries Letter 2024Bishop, Clergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments
To Be EncouragedBishopSpecial Initiativesspecial-initiatives
Wildly Important Goal (WIG)BishopSpecial Initiativesspecial-initiatives

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The Conference offices will be closed in celebration of Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19. We will resume normal hours on Thursday, June 20.