Bishop Grant Hagiya
Los Angeles Episcopal Area
Bishop Grant Hagiya is the Resident Bishop of the Los Angeles Area, which includes the California-Pacific Conference in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.
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.
Prior to his election to the episcopacy, he served as the Sr. 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 General Conference in 2000.
He is a trained mediator, receiving most of his training through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
Grant is married to Janet, a high school librarian, and has three children, Lexie, working in education at the University of Southern California; Jamie, a professional basketball player who recently opened up her own Cross fit gym with her sister; and Trent, a student at California State University, Dominguez.