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Bishop Hagiya’s Bio

Grant J. Hagiya is the Resident Bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference, which geographically extends to all of Southern California, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan.

Education and Leadership

He graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in 2012. Abingdon published his book, Leadership Kaizen, based on his dissertation on the Traits, Qualities and Characteristics of Highly Effective UMC Clergy in 2013. He has worked and studied with Ron Heifetz and Marty Linksy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a member of the newly formed Adaptive Leadership network. He holds a Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) from the International Coach Federation as a professional certified coach. He is also a Gallup StrengthFinder Certified Coach. He is currently training as a Professional Team Coach with Peter Hawkins in his Systematic Team Coaching Training Program. He is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where he received M.A., M.Div., and D.Min. Degrees. In 2019, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Claremont School of Theology. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Claremont, where he teaches Religious Leadership and United Methodist Studies.

Ordained Ministry and Superintendency

Prior to his election to the episcopacy, he served as the Senior Pastor at churches in Berkeley, Gardena, and Los Angeles, California as well as the Los Angeles District Superintendent and Dean of the Appointed Cabinet of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.


Elected to the Episcopacy in 2008, he served for 8 years in the Greater Northwest Annual Conference, which includes 3 annual conferences: Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest. He was a member of the Commission on the Way Forward, tasked with forging a strategy on human sexuality for the United Methodist Church. He is the current chair of the Council of Bishop’s Task Force that plans the new Learning Retreats for all active Bishops. He is a former President of the College of Bishops for the Western Jurisdiction.


Grant is married to Janet, a retired high school librarian, and they have three children: Lexie, Jamie, and Trent; and four grandchildren.