Bishop Tracy S. Malone was assigned to the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist effective September 1, 2016.

She was district superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region, and was dean of the Northern Illinois Conference Cabinet, when she was elected to the Episcopacy.  Prior to that appointment, Malone served several different churches, the last of which was Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where she was senior pastor.

She currently serves as president of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  As resident bishop, she also serves on the Boards of Trustees at our United Methodist-affiliated colleges, seminaries and organizations in East Ohio.
Malone was elected to represent the Northern Illinois Conference as a delegate at General/Jurisdictional Conferences in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.  She was chairperson of the delegation in 2012, and served as chairperson of the Agenda and Calendar Committee in 2016.

During her ministry, Malone has taught courses as an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.  She has also published articles, blogs and book reviews, and has written chapters for several books.

Malone has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and was the recipient of the North Central College’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Malone is the daughter of the late Rev. Willie and the late April Smith. She received her call to ministry at the early age of 13.

Malone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Computer Science, from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. While in college she was the recipient of the Outstanding Major in Religious Studies award and also received the following honors: George M. Pullman Scholar, Clarence Stein Ministerial Scholar, United Methodist Bicentennial Scholar.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she was selected as a Crusade Scholar, Maceo D. Pembroke Scholar and a Bishop Edsel A. Ammons Scholar.

Malone earned a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  Her dissertation was entitled Evangelism: Reestablishing a Historical Understanding of Mission and Developing a Ministry that Partners Witness and Social Action.

She and husband Derrick Malone are the parents of two daughters.


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