They Also Serve

Methodist and United Methodist Bishops’ Spouses, 1940-2018

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They Also Serve
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Published March 2020

Stories from the women and men who have served alongside the bishops of The United Methodist Church.

When a bishop is elected—as is done in The United Methodist Church—it is not only the one elected who is asked to serve but his or her spouse and family as well. Hear the stories of the women and men whose commitment to service often meant leaving behind careers and lives of their own to embark on a life-changing journey revolved around the ministry of their spouse. Through hardships, celebrations, and everyday struggles, these spouses found their own paths of ministry, answering the calls that were also placed upon their lives.

About the Author

Jane P. Ives

Jane and her husband, Bishop S. Clifton Ives, revised and updated The Growing Love in Christian Marriage Pastor's Manual in 2001 and again in 2013. Jane posts "Best Practices and Recommended Resources" articles for a number of marriage and family ministry related-topics at , along with a Directory of United Methodist Marriage and Family Ministries resource persons, by annual conference, and a regularly updated list of Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities. Most of these articles can also be found at or Jane has also published Transforming Ventures: A Spiritual Guide for Volunteers in Mission and, with other writers, A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers. The Ives, who have been married for 55 years, have three grown and married children and seven grandchildren.