James King

Bishop James King


United States

Southeastern Jurisdiction


Bishop James R. King, Jr. is a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 2000 to 2016.

James R. King, Jr. was born in Ashland, Alabama, and was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson.

A graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.), King served churches in Roanoke, Ala., and Richmond, Calif. He served over a year as director of the Wesley Foundation at Tennessee State University before being named associate director and then director of the Tennessee Conference Council on Ministries.

In 1984, he served as an evangelist on a mission team to Grenada, West Indies, and he served for ten years as pastor of Clark Memorial UMC in Nashville (1985-95). In 1996, he was appointed superintendent of the Murfreesboro District, and in 1999 he was named pastor of the 4,500-member Brentwood church. He is a five-time delegate to General Conference.

James R. King was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on July 12, 2000, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, and assigned to the Louisville Area where he served until 2008, when he was assigned to South Georgia until his retirement.

Bishop King was married to Margaret Rosetta "Rose" Hayden, who passed away on April 27, 2022. The couple had two sons and a daughter.