Michael McKee

Bishop Michael McKee


United States

South Central Jurisdiction


Bishop Michael McKee was elected to the episcopacy in 2012 and served as the resident bishop of the Dallas Area, which includes the North Texas Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

He retired on January 1, 2023. 

Bishop McKee is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1973), a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (1978) and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Texas Wesleyan University (2005). He also was honored with the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2017.

He was ordained deacon in 1975 and ordained elder in 1979 in the Central Texas Annual Conference, where he served several churches, including 15 years as the senior pastor of First UMC, Hurst.

He has held numerous offices including chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Mid-Cities District Committee of Ordained Ministry. He was a delegate to three Jurisdictional Conferences and two General Conferences.

In 2012, McKee was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the Dallas Area effective September 1.

McKee is the immediate past-president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops. He is president of the Board of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the UMC. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, Texas Methodist Foundation, Southwestern University and Methodist Health System, Dallas. He is chair of the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Mike and Joan (Craig) McKee have been married since 1975 and have two children: Erin, who lives with her husband, Darin, and sons, Knox and Ford, in California; and Meredith, who lives in Dallas.


Spouse: Joan (Craig) McKee

Children: Erin McKee, Chidsey Meredith McKee

Education and Honors:
Texas Wesleyan University, Doctor of Divinity, 2005
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Master of Theology, 1978
The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, 1973

Assigned to Dallas Area (North Texas Conference), effective Sept. 1, 2012
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Hurst, Texas, 1997
Present Pastor, Overton Park United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1992-97
Pastor, Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1987-92
Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Joshua, Texas, 1982-87
Associate Minister, First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 1976-82
Associate Minister, Richland Hills United Methodist Church, 1973-76
Ordained Elder, Central Texas Conference, 1979
Ordained Deacon, Central Texas Conference, 1975

Central Texas Annual Conference

Delegate, General Conference, 2012, 2008, 2004 (alternate)
Delegate, South Central Jurisdictional Conference, 2012, 2008, 2004
Director, General Board of Church and Society
Chairperson, Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, 2004
Present Chairperson, MidCities District Committee on Ordained Ministry, 2001-2011
Chairperson, Conference Camps and Assemblies Committee, 1992-2000
Member, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, 1984-1992; Secretary, 1988-1992
Trustee, Glen Lake Camp Campus Ministry Committee
Southern Methodist University Texas Methodist Foundation, Board Member, 1995-Present; Investment Committee, 1995-2000; Executive Committee, 2003 present; Board Chair, 2005-2006; Loan Committee, 2004-Present; Chair, Development/Stewardship Committee, 2002 and 2003; Chair, Long Range Planning, 2008-Present; Member, Clergy Leadership Initiative, 2010
Board of Trustees, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas; Member, Executive Committee; Chairperson, Facilities Planning Committee; Board of Trustees, Harris Methodist Health Systems; Chairperson, Pastoral Care Committee; Chairperson, Executive Board, Perkins School of Theology; Co-Chair, Campaign Steering Committee; Past Chairperson, Perkins Alumni Council
Past President, Board of Directors, Women's Haven of Tarrant County
Past Chairperson, Advisory Board and Member of Steering Committee, More Than Houses Campaign, Habitat for Humanity Founders Award, Trinity Area Habitat for Humanity, 2007
Bishop's Award in Preaching, Central Texas Annual Conference, 2010