Robert Schnase

Bishop Robert Schnase


United States

South Central Jurisdiction

San Antonio Episcopal Area


Bishop Robert Schnase as Resident Bishop of the Rio Texas Area, which includes the Rio Texas Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

He served as bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church from 2004 to 2016. At the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas July 13-16, Bishop Schnase was assigned to the Rio Texas Conference beginning September 1, 2016.

Bishop Schnase is the author of the bestselling books Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Practicing Extravagant Generosity, and Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences. His latest book, Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry, is written for people whose passion has been simmering for years, who yearn to be told Yes! Schnase examines the systems and attitudes that restrain and control ministry. He demonstrates practical ways church leaders can rethink fundamental assumptions about organizations and leadership.
Before his election as bishop, Schnase served for 15 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in McAllen, Texas, a congregation that became widely known for its extensive mission and outreach, for reaching younger generations, and bicultural ministry. He also served congregations in Harlingen, Texas and in Great Britain.

Schnase is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Perkins School of Theology. He enjoys birding, fishing, canoeing, and traveling in Central America.

Schnase is married to Esther and they have two adult sons, Karl and Paul.