Bishop Pedro Torio
Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was the resident bishop of the Baguio Area, which includes Central Luzon Philippines, Hundred Islands, North Central Philippines, Northeast Luzon Phillipines, Northeast Philippines, Northern Philippines, Northwest Philippines, Pangasinan Philippines and Tarlac Phillipines conferences in the Philippines Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.
He was elected to the episcopacy in 2012 and retired on January 1, 2023.
Bishop Torio represents the Philippines Central Conference in the Commission on Central Conference Theological Scholarship and Continuing Education Financial Assistance Funds for the Baguio Episcopal Areas. He is also the bishop assigned to the Philippines Central Conference Division of Ordained Ministry, Council on Finance and Administration, and the University Senate. He presently leads the University Senate in developing the first Accreditation Standards for United Methodist theological education institutions.
During the 2016 General Conference, he was nominated and voted director of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for 2017-2020.
His passion for evangelism and church planting led to the creating of 28 new local churches in the Baguio Area during the 2013-2016 quadrennium.
Torio has a rich background in education, having served as dean at both World Citi College and Aldersgate Divinity School, vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Eastern Pangasinan, and as a visiting professor at Wesley Divinity School and John Wesley College Divinity School. He has served as president of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines at the district, conference and national level, and ministering to young people is still a high priority for him today.
He holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Divinity School.
Torio and his wife, Joyce, have four children.