The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops.
COB approves episcopal supervision recommendations for SCJ
Wednesday, June 03, 2021
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ), due to the retirement of two bishops.
The recommendations were made by the SCJ College of Bishops following consultation with the Jurisdictional and respective Annual Conference Committees on Episcopacy.
The two bishops who have requested vocational retirement under paragraph 408.2b of The Book of Discipline effective January 1, 2022 are:
- Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe of Northwest Texas-New Mexico Episcopal Area (New Mexico Conference and Northwest Texas Annual Conference)
- Bishop J. Michael Lowry of the Fort Worth Episcopal Area (Central Texas Conference)
After much prayer and discernment, the bishops have approved the following recommendation for episcopal supervision in SCJ:
- Bishop James G. Nunn will supervise the Northwest Texas Conference in addition to his role as resident bishop of the Oklahoma Conference and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.
- Bishop Robert C. Schnase will supervise the New Mexico Conference in addition to his role as the resident bishop of the Rio Texas Conference.
- Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. will supervise the Central Texas Conference in addition to his role as the resident bishop of the Great Plains Conference.
The COB previously approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Northeastern, North Central and Southeastern Jurisdictions.
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications - Council of Bishops