Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Monday, August 24, 2020
02:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño is a third-generation Methodist. Active in the church all her life, Bishop Carcaño has served as a United Methodist leader on numerous boards, commissions, UM general conferences, committees and task forces. In the over 43 years since her ordination, she has served as a pastor, a chaplain, a lead organizer of an ecumenical parish, twice as a district superintendent in two different annual conferences, as a seminary program administrator and adjunct faculty member, and now as a bishop.  

Bishop Carcaño is currently a member of The California Endowment Board of Directors, the Council on Foreign Relations Religious Advisory Committee and the Southwest Industrial Education Fund Advisory Board of the IAF.  She has served on the New Mexico Council of Churches, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Arizona Ecumenical Council, and the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders.

She is a recognized immigrant rights advocate and was a member of the founding class of the Auburn Senior Fellows.  She has published articles on the rights of migrants in the Huffington Post and The Hill and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.  Carcaño has also long been an advocate for the full rights and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons joining her efforts to the work of such organizations as the Human Rights Campaign. 

She also collaborates with the work of the Children’s Defense Fund and has participated in leadership level dialogues around immigration and refugee concerns at the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution.