Michael Coyner

Bishop Michael Coyner


United States

North Central Jurisdiction


Bishop Michael Coyner is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church.

Mike Coyner is originally from Anderson, Indiana. He received his B.A. from Purdue University, his M. Div. from Duke Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Dakota Wesleyan University and from the University of Evansville.

He served churches of various sizes in the North Indiana Conference, served as a District Superintendent, and was also the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. He was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church in 1996 and was assigned to serve the Dakotas Area, where he served two terms.

In 2004, he has assigned to return to the Indiana Area as Bishop. He oversaw the life and ministry of 1250 United Methodist congregations in the North and South Indiana Conferences, comprising more than 225,000 members.

He is the author of several articles and three books from Abingdon Press: Making a Good Move: Opening the Door to an Effective New Pastorate (1999), Prairie Wisdom: Reflections on Life in the Dakotas (2000), and The Race to Reach Out: Connecting Newcomers to Christ in a New Century (2004). Bishop Mike also writes a weekly e-mail devotional article entitled, "An E-pistle from Bishop Mike" which is sent to hundreds of pastors and laity in the Indiana Area and beyond.

Marsha Lynn England and Mike met while attending Purdue University and were married in 1970. They have two children: Laura is an engineer employed with General Electric in Louisville, KY, and Steve is employed as a pharmaceutical sales representative with TAP in Indianapolis, Indiana. He and his wife Megan live in Fishers, IN.