Episcopal Office

Episcopal Services is the ministry hub for our bishop as they serve the Church in honoring our history and guiding us into our future. The bishop serves as a General Superintendent to the Global Church and as the chief missional strategist of the Indiana Conference to advance the mission and provide spiritual leadership to United Methodists throughout the Conference. The ministry of the Office of the Bishop connects at every level of the Conference and is embodied in the areas caring for each local church, the Connection, the brotherhood and sisterhood of our clergy, as well as our ministry families.

Julius C. Trimble
Julius C. TrimbleResident Bishop
Bishop Julius C. Trimble was assigned July 16, 2016, to the Indiana Episcopal Area (Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church) by the 184 delegates of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting in Peoria, Illinois. He was elected and consecrated a bishop by the same jurisdiction in 2008 and served eight years as the bishop of the Iowa Conference before his assignment to Indiana.
Trimble is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Illinois State University. He 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.
He was ordained a deacon and elder in the Northern Illinois Conference where he served two churches before transferring to the East Ohio Conference. He served churches in the Cleveland area and as the District Superintendent of the Cleveland District from 1996-2003.
Recipient of many honors and awards, He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the 2007 Bishop James S. Thomas Social Action Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action at Lakeside, OH. He continues to promote faith-based response to domestic violence and has encouraged 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. Trimble has preached throughout the United States and in Africa. He has also written a book, to support The United Methodist Church campaign Imagine No Malaria, A Faithful Church and a Healthy World: Reflections and Poems by Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble (2015). Trimble received 2015 Peace and Justice Award from Iowa Conference MFSA. In December 2017, he was the Graduation Keynote speaker at United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity for leadership in area of Global Health and Global Justice.
Trimble has been married since May of 1978 to First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble, a professional counselor and graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. They are the parents of three adult children: Cameron, Candiace, and Julius Thomas.
Trimble’s personal mission statement is “to encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential or “Be Encouraged” for short. 
Rev. Dr. Cindy Reynolds
Rev. Dr. Cindy ReynoldsExecutive Assistant to the Bishop & Director of Connectional Ministries
Cindy’s personal passion is to “connect people”—Connect to Jesus for salvation and life, connect to believers for discipleship growth, and connect to community for service. She was ordained Elder in 1979 and has served her entire ministry in the Indiana Conference (and its predecessor conferences). She has served in a variety of roles including; Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, Campus Minister in Extension Ministry, Conference Superintendent, Director of Connectional Ministry, and Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Cindy attended Ball State University and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Social Work. She received a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary and a doctorate from St. Paul School of Theology. During this time, she focused on gaining wisdom in the area of spiritual leadership. She is certified in Conflict Resolution and Restoration; Spiritual Formation and Direction; and is a facilitator for Spiritual Leadership Incorporated. Her belief in God allows her to look forward with hope, asking the question, “How can I be helpful to you as you seek to serve.”
Erma Metzler
Erma MetzlerSecretary to the Bishop
Erma Metzler, a native of Erie, PA, has served at the Conference since 1995. Previously, she worked as a Communication Assistant for three Directors of Communication before becoming the Bishop’s secretary. Erma is married to Ed Metzler, Administrator of Leadership Development – Ministerial Services. After Ed’s 20 year service in the United States Air Force, the couple moved to Indianapolis, a place they had resided previously. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Erma enjoys spending time with her family as well as crafting and cooking.
Rev. Mike Warner
Rev. Mike WarnerClergy Care Services Director
Rev. Michael Warner is the Director of Clergy Care Services for the Annual Conference. In this capacity, he provides clergy and their family members with confidential and free pastoral care conversations, coaching sessions, or assistance with locating a therapist. The creative and robust service offered by Clergy Care Services was recognized as a best practice by the denomination and featured in a nation-wide documentary. Prior to taking on this role, Mike served 29 years as an Air Force chaplain, where he provided pastoral leadership and pastoral care for thousands of military personnel and their families. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Mike likes to engage in outdoor activities with family and friends, such as boating, hiking, and snowmobiling.