Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (1951-2023)

July 19, 2023

New England Memorial Service

The New England Conference will hold a Memorial Service for Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar beginning at 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 at Concord Wesley UMC in Concord, NH. Read more

Celebration of Life Service

Watch a recording of the July 27 service for Bishop Devadhar at this link: Service of Death and Resurrection for Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (

Share your memories of Bishop Devadhar

Folks are invited to share their memories of Bishop Devadhar on this virtual memory board (link below). You can upload pictures, videos, and text; you do not need to make or sign in to an account to post or view posts by others. Simply follow this link 

We encourage folks who have shared on social media to upload their posts here as well to create a cohesive collection.

If you have questions or issues uploading, contact Rev. Annie Baker-Streevy at

Read Bishop Peggy Johnson's message 

Read the UM News story

Bishop Devadhar, who led with kindness, dies
CINCINNATI, Ohio (UM News) — Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar’s unexpected death at age 72 has led to an outpouring of grief across The United Methodist Church. United Methodists are remembering the denomination’s first Indian American bishop for his compassionate leadership, deep spirituality and work for Christian unity. Heather Hahn reports.
Read obituary
Read Council of Bishops press release