Bishop Bruce Ough became bishop of the Minnesota Annual Conference and the Dakotas Annual Conference Sept. 1, 2012. Bishop Ough was assigned to the new Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area. “Bishop Ough and his wife, Charlene, are a great addition to the Minnesota Annual Conference,” said Judy Zabel, member of the North Central Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee. “Bishop Ough has a proven track record of exemplary leadership. He has a heart for Jesus Christ, for sharing good news, and addressing issues of poverty. He is mission-minded and leads by example.”
Bishops are assigned for four-year terms. They may be assigned to the same area for a second consecutive term, and in rare cases may be assigned to the same area for three consecutive terms. General Conference 2008 reduced the number of bishops per United States jurisdiction by one, effective 2012.
The primary office for the Dakotas-Minnesota Area will be in Minneapolis, for its proximity to the international airport.