Bishop Rosemarie Wenner
Rosemarie Wenner was born in and grew up in Eppingen, nurtured by a small UMC congregation in southern Germany. She studied at the United Methodist Theological Seminary in Reutlingen and served as pastor of congregations in Karlsruhe-Durlach, Hockenheim and Darmstadt-Sprendlingen before her appointment as superintendent of the Frankfurt District in 1996.
In February 2005, she was elected bishop at the Germany Central Conference in Wuppertal – the first woman elected to the United Methodist episcopacy outside of the United States.
Bishop Wenner is married to Tobias Wenner and they live in Nussloch, Germany.
Standing Committee Chairs
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
Debra Wallace-Padgett has served as bishop in the Birmingham area of the United Methodist Church since her election in 2012. Prior to then, she served in Kentucky for 29 years in various ministry roles, these include Board of Ministries; Local Pastors team chair, Methodist Homes Board chair, Kentucky Conference Education chair; Kentucky Episcopal Committee chair; Primary Task Team; Children and Poverty Board; General Commission on the Status and Role of Woman Board and the World Methodist Council.
Bishop Wallace-Padgett is a graduate of Berea College (BA), Scarritt College and Graduate School (MA), Lexington Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Asbury Theological Seminaries (D.Min). She and her husband, Reverend Lee Padgett, have two young adult children Leanndra and Andrew. Lee, a deacon in the United Methodist Church, serves as Executive Director of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center.