Bishop L. Jonathan Holston took the role of Resident Bishop in the Columbia Area of the South Carolina Conference on September 1, 2012. One of the most favored Episcopacy candidates in the elections at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Holston was overwhelmingly elected on the first ballot taken.
Holston is married to the former Felecia Brown. He and Felicia have two grown children, a son named Karlton and a daughter named Brittany.
Holston earned his Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from The Interdenominational Theological Center, Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 and on January 1, 2013 he began serving a first term on Gammon Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.
Holston also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
He possesses extraordinary knowledge gained by his presence throughout the years on numerous boards and committees of the United Methodist Church for conference and general church. Holston presently serves on the UMVIM SEJ Board. His love for missions has taken him around the world and gained him the recognition as Mission Specialist in the North Georgia Conference Council of Ministries. In his work as Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator, Holston served on the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Catastrophic Disaster Response Team and as the Church World Service Disaster Consultant in Georgia.
Holston was a delegate for General Conference in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He served as delegate for Jurisdictional Conference in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2001 and 2005, he was a delegate for the World Methodist Conference.