James R. King Jr. was born in Ashland, Alabama, and was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson.
A graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.), King served churches in Roanoke, Alabama, and Richmond, California. He served over a year as director of the Wesley Foundation at Tennessee State University before being named associate director and then director of the Tennessee Conference Council on Ministries. In 1984, he served as an evangelist on a mission team to Grenada, West Indies, and he served for ten years as pastor of Clark Memorial UMC in Nashville (1985-95). In 1996, he was appointed superintendent of the Murfreesboro District, and in 1999 he was named pastor of the 4,500 member Brentwood church. He is a five-time delegate to General Conference.
James R. King was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on July 12, 2000, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, and assigned to the Louisville Area where he served until 2008, when he was assigned to South Georgia. He retired in 2016.
King is married to Margaret Rosetta "Rose" Hayden. The couple has two sons and a daughter.
Robert Schnase serves as bishop of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to that assignment, he served as the bishop of the Missouri Conference from 2004-2016.
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! He 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.
He 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. He is married to Esther and they have two adult sons, Karl and Paul.
On Monday at noon, Cokesbury is hosting a book signing by Bishop Robert Schnase in the second floor foyer of North Hall. Bishop Schnase’s books are among the featured resources available at Cokesbury during Annual Conference.