Bishop Frank J. Beard of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church will be giving the 150th anniversary message at a special worship service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva.

Bishop Frank J. Beard of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church will be giving the 150th anniversary message at a special worship service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva.

Following the service, there will be a reception in Grace Hall.

Bishop Beard served as the senior pastor of Castleton United Methodist Church prior to be elected to the Episcopacy. 

He has been elected five times to serve as a delegate to General Conference, and six times to represent the conference at Jurisdictional Conference. He served as the chairperson of the Indiana delegation this year.

Bishop Beard has served in a variety of leadership roles at every level of the church. Within the conference, he has been a district superintendent, and has been actively involved as a member or former member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Episcopacy Committee, the Church Development Committee, the Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR), and the Large Church Initiative.

At the general church level, Bishop Beard has served in positions with the General Commission on General Conference, including 2020 Site Selection Chair; General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Board of Discipleship, as well as serving as a member of the National Black Methodist for Church Renewal and the General Board of Discipleship.

 Ordained a deacon in 1982 and an Elder in 1985, Bishop Beard has served in many different ministry settings ranging from small to large churches, as well as having served as district superintendent of the former Kokomo and North Central Districts for eight years prior to his appointment to Castleton UMC in July 2012. 

All current members, past members, their families and friends are invited to celebrate the church’s anniversary Sept. 24.