Bishop Robert Schnase
South Central Jurisdiction
Northwest Texas-New Mexico Episcopal Area
San Antonio Episcopal Area
Bishop Robert Schnase, elected in 2004, is a bishop of The United Methodist Church.
He currently serves as the resident bishop of the Río Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was assigned to Río Texas in 2016 after serving twelve years as the bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference.
On January 1, 2022, Bishop Schnase also became the Interim Bishop for the New Mexico Area, while serving Rio Texas.
Prior to his election as bishop in 2004, Schnase served for 15 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas. The congregation became known for reaching younger generations, bicultural ministry, and for its extensive mission and outreach. He also served congregations in Harlingen, Texas, and in Great Britain.
A native of Texas, Bishop Schnase is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology. He received his Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
Bishop Schnase is the author of several bestselling books: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Practicing Extravagant Generosity, Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences, and Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry. His latest book is a Revised and Updated Edition of the classic Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.
Bishop Schnase chairs the board of directors of Wespath (formerly known as the United Methodist Board of Pensions). He served on the UMC Commission on a Way Forward. He is a frequent teacher and speaker at churches, conferences, and seminaries.
Schnase lives in San Antonio with his wife, Esther. They have two adult sons, Karl and Paul.