Bishop Jane Middleton
Bishop Jane Stewart Allen Middleton is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church.
She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Dorothy Mae Nelson and Jack Allen. Because of her father's work in sales and marketing management for an oil company, they moved frequently; living in Cape Girardeau, Warrensburg, and St. Joseph, Missouri; then Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Johnson County and Wichita, Kansas. She met her husband, Jack, at Oklahoma State University and they were married October 15, 1961.
She received a B.S. in Education from Oklahoma State and taught at Sumner High School in St. Louis. She spent many years as a stay-at-home mom, active in her church and community in Oklahoma and Connecticut. A 1978 graduate of Yale Divinity School, she was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Ralph Ward in the New York Annual Conference and served churches in Simsbury, Naugatuck, and New Canaan, CT. She was responsible for Spiritual Life for clergy and laity on Conference staff and was District Superintendent from 1999 until her election to the episcopacy. She trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and leads retreats and conferences on the spiritual life.
Jane was elected to the episcopacy by the Northeastern Jurisdiction and was assigned to the Harrisburg Area, where her emphasis was assisting churches in growth and in empowering clergy for effectiveness.
Jack and Jane have two daughters: Mari Jane of Deerfield Beach, Florida, who with Michael Marion has two children, a son Anthony and a daughter Alexis, and Laura Rachelle of Seattle, Washington, who with Rod Whitman, is the mother of a son, Ethan, and a daughter, Louise.