Bishop Hope Morgan Ward will deliver the baccalaureate address for 2012 Millsaps College graduates on Friday, May 11 at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson.
Ward was elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church and appointed to Mississippi in 2004. As resident bishop, she is the shepherding leader of 180,000 United Methodists in 1,094 congregations across Mississippi. She is believed to be the first woman to lead a mainline denomination in Mississippi.
She has served as vice president of the General Board of Global Ministries, president of JustPeace, chairperson of The Advance (channel of missional giving for the United Methodist Church) and Vision Alignment Chairperson of the Council of Bishops.
Ward previously served as superintendent of the Raleigh District in the North Carolina Annual Conference, North Carolina Conference director of Connectional Ministries and as a local church pastor.
Ward received her undergraduate degree in English and religion from Duke University with study in Shakespearean literature at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England, and archaeological field work in Merion, Israel. She completed graduate work at Duke Divinity School.
She and her husband, Mike, have a son, Jason and daughter-in-law, Alison Greene and a daughter, Brooke.