"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."

Vision Statement

The vision of the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships is for
The United Methodist Church to live more fully into Christian unity and deepen interreligious relationships.
- Adopted by the Council of Bishops

Mission Statement

The mission of the Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships of The United Methodist Church
is to assist and support the Council of Bishops in its corporate oversight of the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church.

The Council of Bishops

"The Church expects the Council of Bishops to speak to the Church and from the Church
to the world and to give leadership in the quest for Christian unity and interreligious relationships."
¶ 422.2

Bishop Marcus Matthews

  • Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops

Bishop B. Michael Watson

  • Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops


Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst

  • Ecumenical Staff Officer
    Leadership Development

Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga

  • Director of Communications

Dr. Kyle Tau

  • Ecumenical Staff Officer
    Faith & Order and Theological Development

Ms. Felicia Thomas-Sindeh

  • Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kathryn A. Williams

  • Chief Administrative Officer