Bishop Grant Hagiya
Bishop Grant Hagiya was the resident bishop of the Los Angeles Area, which includes the California-Pacific Conference in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. He was elected to the episcopacy in 2008. His prior Episcopal assignment was for eight years to the Greater Northwest Area, which included the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences. On October 1, 2021, he also served as the Interim Bishop for the Desert Southwest Conference.
Bishop Hagiya retired on January 1, 2023.
Bishop Hagiya is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where he received his M.A., M.Div., and D.Min. degrees. He graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University in 2012. Abingdon has published a book based on this research entitled Leadership Kaizen: How To Become a Better Church Leader.
Bishop Hagiya has served as a full-time Professor at the Claremont School of Theology, teaching in the area of Religion and Society and Urban Ministries. He has remained as an Adjunct Professor at Claremont for the last 25 years, and currently teaches Religious Leadership and United Methodist studies classes.
Prior to his election to the episcopacy, he served as the Senior Pastor at churches in Berkeley, Gardena, and Los Angeles, California as well as the Los Angeles District Superintendent and Dean of the Appointed Cabinet of the California Pacific Annual Conference. His most recent pre-Episcopal appointment was as the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence, a joint position between the California-Pacific Annual Conference and the Claremont School of Theology, where he served as the Director of Leadership for the annual conference and a faculty member at the Claremont School of Theology.
Bishop Hagiya has served as a General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate since 1996 and was the head of his annual conference delegation to the General Conference in 2000.
He is a professional coach with the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation. He is also a Certified Gallup StrengthFinders Coach through Gallup, Inc. He is currently in training for certification as a professional Team Coach from the international Global Team Coaching Institute.
Grant is married to Janet, who retired as a high school librarian and has three children, Lexie and Jamie, a professional Cross-fit athlete who co-own Torrance Fitness Gym, and Trent, a competitive weight-lifter. They have four grandchildren: Sage, Clark, Tegan, and Willa.