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Dakotas Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
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Bishop Bruce R. Ough

Dakotas-Minnesota Area
Resident Bishop
122 W. Franklin Ave. Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55404
Bishop Bruce R. Ough is the resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church, where he has served since Sept. 1, 2012. He served as the resident bishop for the West Ohio Area of The United Methodist Church from 2000-2012. Prior to his election and consecration as a bishop in July 2000, Bishop Ough served as the senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a 2,800-member congregation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bishop Ough has received numerous awards, honors, and professional recognitions. In 2009, he was the recipient of the inaugural Social Justice Award from the Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council. He has also published a number of professional and inspirational articles, including a thorough study of the small membership church, “Independent, Courageous, Stubborn” (Dakotas Episcopal Area Program Staff, 1978), and devotional articles for The Upper Room Disciplines and Weavings. Bishop Ough was a contributor to “The Spiritual Formation Bible” and is co-editor of the book “The Future of the United Methodist Church: Seven Vision Pathways.” He is married to Charlene Ough, and they are the parents of three sons and seven grandchildren.