Elected by jurisdictional conferences every four years, bishops are superintendents of their respective episcopal areas. Their role includes the appointments of clergy and the general oversight of churches. There are 50 active bishops and episcopal areas in the United States and Puerto Rico, and 18 in Europe, Africa and the Philippines. Episcopal areas include one or more annual conferences. Bishop Scott Jones comes to the Texas Conference on September 1, 2016. I’d like to help introduce him to you.
The following is a biography from the United Methodist Church website.
Scott Jameson Jones was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado. He received degrees from the University of Kansas (B.A. in Philosophy), Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (Master of Theology) and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D. in Religious Studies). His dissertation research was focused on Wesley Studies and the History of Biblical Interpretation.
He was ordained deacon in the Kansas East Annual Conference and elder in the North Texas Annual Conference. From 1986 to 1997 he served as pastor of three congregations: the United Methodist churches in Prosper, Howe and Commerce, Texas. In 2003-2004 he served as interim pastor at Stonebridge UMC in McKinney, Texas. From 1997 to 2004 he served on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
In 2004, Scott Jameson Jones was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the Kansas area as of September 1, 2004. with offices in Wichita and Topeka, Kansas.
His most recent books are United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center and The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Discipleship and Witness. He has been named associate editor of volumes 5 and 6 in the Bicentennial Edition of The Works of John Wesley, the scholarly edition of Wesley’s Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament.
Scott and Mary Lou Reece have been married since 1979. They have three children, Jameson, and twins Arthur and Marynell.
(Some of the information on this blog comes from HERE.)