Bishop names new Lansing District DS, RevKennetha Bigham-Tsai.
Future Lansing District Superintendent Reverend Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

Bishop names Bigham-Tsai as future
Lansing District DS

OKEMOS MI...Michigan Area Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey today announced the appointment of the Reverend Kennetha Bigham-Tsai as Superintendent of the Lansing District in the West Michigan Conference, effective July 1, 2013.  She will follow current Lansing Superintendent, Dr. Robert L. Hundley who has been appointed as Senior Pastor at Grand Rapids First United Methodist Church, also effective July 1st.  

“I am very pleased to have Rev. Bigham-Tsai as part of the West Michigan Cabinet,” said Bishop Kiesey, “She brings a deep passion for revitalization and has shown effectiveness in serving the local church.  Her experience in the General Church allows a broad view of the work and creative direction of The United Methodist Church in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Kiesey added, ”Her energy and passion are contagious.  I have no doubt she will bring that perspective and passion to her ministry as the District Superintendent of the Lansing District.”

Since 2011, Bigham-Tsai has served as Senior Pastor at Millwood United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a member of the West Michigan Conference Leadership Team, serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry, is a member of Black Clergy of Michigan and Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  In 2012, she was elected as a delegate to General Conference where she served as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Reproductive Rights.  She was later elected by the North Central Jurisdiction to serve at The Connectional Table, a 47 person visioning body of the General Church and the steward of resources to carry out the vision of the denomination worldwide.    

“I am deeply appreciative of the faithful and creative work of Rev. Hundley in the Lansing District,” said Bishop Kiesey, “and I would ask for your prayers for both Rev. Hundley, Rev. Bigham-Tsai and their families as they transition to new places and new ministries.”

Previously Bigham-Tsai served as Associate Pastor at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing, as Director of the Grand Rapids Peace with Justice Community, and as Christian Education Director at Trinity UMC in Grand Rapids. She has served as Chair of the Conference Board of Church and Society, and on the Editorial Board of Worship Arts Magazine. She has a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and also holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  She and her husband Kee have two young sons, Keeton and Kamden.
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