Grant J. Hagiya

Professor of Leadership and Innovation

Grant Hagiya graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in 2012. Abingdon 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. A Board member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, he chairs the Endorsing Committee for UMC chaplains. He recently received his Associate Certified Coaching Certificate (ACC) from the International Coach Federation as a professional certified coach. He is also a Gallup Strength Finder Certified Coach. He is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where he received MA, MDiv, and DMin Degrees.

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 is a member of the newly formed Commission on the Way Forward, tasked with forging a strategy on human sexuality for the United Methodist Church. He chairs the Leadership Focus Area of the 4 Areas of Focus for the United Methodist Church and is a member of the Council of Bishop’s Executive Committee. He is the current chair of the Council of Bishop’s Task Force that plans the new Learning Retreats for all active Bishops. He is currently serving as President of the College of Bishops for the Western Jurisdiction.


Resident Bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

MA, Claremont School of Theology

MDiv, DMin, Claremont School of Theology

EdD, Pepperdine University

A great theological education dismantles everything you assumed to be “right” and helps you rebuild with true understanding. My CST experience was life-altering. I am changed and on fire to transform the world.
Abigail Clauhs '17