Resident Bishop, California-Pacific Annual Conference
Grant Hagiya is the Resident bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference, which geographically extends to all of Southern California, Hawaii, and Guam.
He graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in 2012. Abingdon Press published his book, Leadership Kaizen, based on his dissertation on the Traits, Qualities and Characteristics of Highly Effective UMC Clergy in 2013. He has worked and studied with Ron Heifetz and Marty Linksy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a member of the newly formed Adaptive Leadership network. He is a trained Professional Coach, with his Professional Certified Coach (PCC) standing with the International Coach Federation. He is also a Gallup StrengthFinder Certified Coach. He is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where he received M.A., M.Div., and D.Min. degrees. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Claremont School of Theology where he teaches Religious Leadership and in United Methodist studies.
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.
Elected to the Episcopacy in 2008, he served for 8 years in the Greater Northwest Annual Conference, which includes 3 annual conferences: Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest. He has served as the Resident Bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference for the last 4 years.