Bishop David Alan Bard
Bishop David Alan Bard is the presiding bishop of the Michigan Area. Prior to arriving in Michigan in September 2016, Bishop Bard was serving at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, Minnesota since 2005. He was elected to the episcopacy on July 13, 2016 at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference held in Peoria, IL. He has been in ministry for more than 30 years and served in many roles within both the Minnesota Annual Conference and the General Church.
Bard was a General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. He was an episcopal nominee in both 2004 and 2008.
Within the Minnesota Conference, Bard was chair of the Episcopacy Committee and the Higher Education Ministry Team, and he served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Congregational Response Team. He was also the conference parliamentarian. He was a district superintendent from 1998 to 2005 and spent three years on the Commission on Religion and Race.
Bishop Bard received a BA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1981; his Master of Divinity was earned at United Theological Seminary, Twin Cities 1984; and in 1994 he received a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University with a focus on Christian ethics
Bard has a wife, Julie, and three adult children. In his free time, he enjoys music, reading, baseball, and walking outside.
- Interesting times (2/5/2020) - Interesting times call for out of the ordinary actions. Bishop David Bard recalls a conference speaker's words about a "liminal season," as he explains the reasons for a special annual conference session ... In a speech given in South Africa in 1966, Senator Robert Kennedy noted that there was a Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” There may or may not be such a curse in the Chinese tradition, but the story continues to circulate. We live in interesting times, and it can feel a bit like a curse sometimes. Church consultant Susan Beaumont, our keynote speaker at… ...Read More
- New year, new tasks (1/8/2020) - In his first Joyful Journey blog of 2020, Bishop David Bard talks about important tasks before The Michigan Conference of The UMC: ministry work, soul work, and grief work ... Perhaps some of you are familiar with the beautiful words of Howard Thurman's, “The Work of Christmas.” When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To… ...Read More
- Light and life (12/2/2019) - Remembering lyrics of Charles Wesley and Bruce Springsteen, Bishop David Bard, reflects on the nature of darkness and light. Looking ahead, he forecasts "The new year will not be dull." ... I am thinking of the verse from Isaiah often read on Christmas Eve: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.” I am hearing echoes of other phrases and songs – the title of Bruce Springsteen’s album released just before I saw him in concert in St. Paul when I was… ...Read More