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Global Ministries Remembers Emeritus Bishop Javier Rojas Terán of Bolivia

New York, NY, March 17, 2016 — “We remember Bishop Javier Rojas with great fondness and appreciation” said Thomas Kemper, chief executive of The United Methodist Church’s worldwide mission agency, in a tribute to the late leader of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia. Bishop Rojas, 52, was killed on March 12 in a traffic accident on the highway between La Paz and the city of Oruro.

Javier Rojas TerĂ¡n, bishop of the Evangelical Church in Bolivia, listens to the May 4 plenary session at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.
Javier Rojas Terán, bishop of the Evangelical Church in Bolivia, listens to the May 4 plenary session at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

“Emeritus Bishop Rojas was a friend of mission, a skilled administrator who greatly enhanced the institutional life of his church and brought it to public visibility through his involvement in Bolivia’s civic and political life,” Kemper said.

Bishop Rojas has the distinction of having been elected a bishop by his church before his ordination as clergy. This rare possibility was based on the example of Francis Asbury, the early leader of Methodism in the United States. In 2008, Bishop Rojas was elected bishop one day and ordained the next.

He served in the episcopal office for six years.

“We remember in prayer at this time the bishop’s wife, Maria Luisa; his children; the people of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Bolivia; and their current leader, Bishop Modesto Mamani,” Kemper said.

Memorial services will be held in Cocahabamba, the retired bishop’s home base.