The Reverend David W. Kendall, an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, was elected to the office of bishop of the Free Methodist Church in May 2005. He serves as overseer of East Michigan, Gateway, Great Plains, Mid-America, North Central, North Michigan, Ohio, Southern Michigan, Wabash and African Area Annual Conferences.
Dr. Kendall was ordained as deacon in 1975 and elder in 1977. He served as superintendent of the Great Plains Conference from 1999 – 2005, a position he served until elected bishop. Prior to 1999 he pastored churches in the Great Plains Conference and Southern Michigan Conference for sixteen years. In addition to serving as pastor to churches and other pastors, Bishop Kendall has been an adjunct faculty member of Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) and Greenville College (Greenville, IL).
Bishop Kendall and his wife, Lavone, have three married daughters who with their spouses are: Charis and Jeremy Pastor, Rachel and Kenny Flowers, and Katrina and Juan Cordova.
The Kendalls reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Matthew A. Thomas has been an active part of the Free Methodist Church since 1979, serving in a variety of roles that include pastor, church planter, missionary and superintendent. He has served throughout the Columbia River Conference, the Northern Philippine Conference, and on many denominational boards, committees and task forces. Matt was consecrated as bishop of FMCUSA on July 13, 2007.
A passionate commitment to evangelism, discipleship and leadership development has been foundational for Matt’s life in ministry. He has been actively engaged in sharing Christ with the unsaved, praying with them to receive salvation and helping them grow to maturity.
Bishop Thomas has been married to Marlene for nearly 40 years. They have three sons and one daughter – Luke (Jennifer), Mitch, Sam and Charese (David). Mitch departed this earth in September 2008 to serve as full-time worshipper of God around the throne. They are blessed that all are serving in ministry either as volunteers or vocationally. They also have five beautiful granddaughters (Jalen, Jordan, Callia, Mikaela and Katelin) and three handsome grandsons (Andrew, Eli and Asher).
David T. Roller served for 17 years as a Free Methodist missionary in Mexico, then for 10 years as Latin America Area Director for Free Methodist World Missions and in July of 2007 was elected a bishop of the Free Methodist Church – USA.
His experience in seeing the world through “missionary eyes” has convinced him that all Christians should adopt the posture and mind set of missionaries — understanding the culture where they minister, relinquishing their own preferences and privileges in their desire to see people’s key allegiance transferred from “whatever” to Jesus.
Bishop Roller now oversees the ministry of eleven annual conferences in the eastern area of the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, and the five annual conferences of Latin America.
David and the love of his life, Yvonne, both graduated from Spring Arbor College in Michigan and David is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. They are parents of Thaddeus and Evangeline.
Bishop David and Yvonne, reside in Baltimore, Maryland.