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Bishop Sally Dyck Assigned to Northern Illinois Conference07/25/2012
The Northern Illinois Conference welcomes our new Bishop Sally Dyck. The Episcopacy Committee assigned Bishop Dyck to the NIC for a four year term during the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in Akron, Ohio on July 19, 2012. Bishop Dyck was elected to the episcopacy in Davenport, Iowa, in 2004 and assigned to the Minnesota Annual Conference where she has served the last eight years.
“I'm delighted that I am being assigned to the NIC. I look forward to the both the joys and the challenges of being in such a diverse annual conference of the United Methodist Church,” said Bishop Dyck. She succeeds Bishop Hee-Soo Jung who has been assigned to serve the Wisconsin Annual Conference after eight years as Bishop of the NIC.
Born in Ritzville, Washington into a Mennonite family, Bishop Dyck joined the United Methodist Church as a young adult. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and magna cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. She received a certificate from the Ecumenical Institute which is a joint program of the World Council of Churches and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She was ordained in the East Ohio Annual Conference. She also received a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological School, Dayton, OH, in Black Church Studies as a Bishop James S. Thomas fellow.
Bishop Dyck served as a director of the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Ministries (1999-2004), chairing the Personnel Committee. In February 2006, she was elected to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches. Throughout her service in the wider church, her mission has been to direct and empower the church to transform the world through its calling and witness. Sally's personal mission statement is taken from the communion liturgy: "...one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to the world."
She is an advocate for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria effort which is working to end preventable deaths from this disease in Africa. “I look forward to discovering how the NIC can be a part of the partnership in eliminating death from the poverty-related disease of malaria,” she said. “I hope we can make a significant contribution to the effort.”
Bishop Dyck said she will also be committed to the ongoing efforts of Harvest 2020. “I am very supportive of starting new congregations and faith communities and hope that we can find more ways to revitalize existing congregations.”
She is also looking forward to listening and discerning with leadership and congregations about the future needs of the NIC. “As I often say, I get my vision through my ears as I listen to others and then check with leadership what I've heard in terms of direction.”
In addition, the spiritual disciplines of the Christian tradition are a vital grounding to her faith. She begins her day with prayer, Bible study, and a 3-6 mile run. She works out about 2-3 times a week. “Over the years I have had core principles that are at the heart of my ministry. Social and personal holiness are central to my life, faith, and ministry as are holy, healthy habits of body, mind and soul.” Bishop Dyck is married to Ken Ehrman.
The Episcopal assignment takes effect beginning September 1, 2012. A welcome reception will be held Sunday, September 23 at 5pm at Grace UMC, 300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville, IL.
Bishop Dyck delivered the message at the Service of Ordination and Commissioning at the Northern Illinois Annual Conference in June of 2009. The video of her message is available for viewing