Violet L. Fisher

Bishop Violet L. Fisher


United States

Northeastern Jurisdiction

cob_hs_fisher-150x225.jpg Bishop Violet L. Fisher is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 2000-2008.

Violet L. Fisher was born into a Methodist family, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the town of Easton. She graduated from Bowie University (B.S.) and George Washington University (M. Ed.) She taught in the public school systems of Virginia and Maryland for twenty-two years.

Violet's call to ministry began when she was sixteen years old. During that time, there was no place in ordained ministry for women, especially in the Delaware Conference of the Central Jurisdiction. At the age of twenty-five, Violet was ordained by the King's Apostle Holiness Church of God and served as National Evangelist and Missionary (short term) to East Africa, Republic of Haiti, and Jamaica, W.I.

Returning to the church of her birth, Violet graduated from Eastern Baptist Seminary (Philadelphia, PA) in 1988. She was ordained deacon (1988) by Bishop F. Herbert Skeete and elder (1990) by Bishop Susan M. Morrison.

Violet served as Associate Pastor to St. Daniel's United Methodist Church (Chester, PA); Senior Pastor to Sayer's Memorial United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, PA); and as District Superintendent Eastern PA Conference. She served as Dean of the Cabinet 1998-99. She was a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences 1996 and 2000, leading her delegation, and also delegate to World Methodist Council (1996) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also served as Dean of the NEJ School of Evangelism 1998-99. Violet served on the General Board of Church and Society 1996-2000, the General Board of Discipleship; and Older Adult Ministry (1996-2000). She serves on the Board of Directors Eastern Baptist Seminary (1997-present).

Violet was elected to the episcopacy in 2000 and was assigned to the New York West Area. She retired from that Area in 2008. She is the mother of one son, Marcus.