Bishop John L. Hopkins was assigned to the East Ohio Conference in 2004, following eight years as bishop of the Minnesota Annual Conference.
He currently serves on the General Board of Church and Society. From 2004-2012 he served as chair of The Connectional Table, that is responsible for the discernment and articulation of the vision for the church, and for the stewardship of the mission, ministries, and resources of The United Methodist Church.
Rev. Dr. Gary George is administrative assistant to the bishop. Prior to being appointed to this role in 2006, he served on the Cabinet as superintendent, first of the Steubenville District (1999-2004) and then of the Tuscarawas District (2005). During his final year as a superintendent he was elected Cabinet Dean.
George received his first East Ohio Conference appointment in 1980 serving the Dellroy/Leavittsville charge. He was later appointed to Canton Dueber UMC (Associate Pastor), Canton Mt. Zion UMC, and Newcomerstown Christ UMC.