As of September 1 of this year, Bishop Scott J. Jones will be appointed to the Great Plains Episcopal Area, an area that includes what is currently the Nebraska Annual Conference as well as the Kansas East and Kansas West Annual Conferences. These three separate Annual Conferences are in the process of merging, something we as three separate congregations understand as we come together as UM4GI.
Bishop Jones begins his first weekend as Bishop of these three Conferences by coming here to Grand Island! He will be preaching on September 2, 2012 at First UMC on Capital Ave. at 9:30am and will preach at Trinity UMC at 11:00am. Worship will not be held at 9:30am at Faith UMC or Trinity UMC. Persons who regularly worship at either of these worship gatherings are invited to attend either First UMC at 9:30am or Trinity UMC at 11:00am.
Immediately following the 11:00am service, Bishop Jones will attend a luncheon in Trinity’s Miller Hall to be catered by Dickey’s BBQ Pit, Grand Island’s newest restaurant and managed by UM4GI member Andy Cochran.
Persons from all UM4GI congregations are invited to attend this luncheon. Costs for the luncheon are $10 per adult, $5 per child (age 6-12), and children under 6 are free. Please RSVP by contacting any UM4GI Church office.
Bishop Jones was born in 1954 in Nashville, Tennessee and was raised in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colorado, the University of Kansas (B.A. in Philosophy), and Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (Master of Theology). In May 1992, he received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University.
He served as pastor of United Methodist churches in Texas, served on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology, and was elected bishop and consecrated on July 17, 2004. He has served the Kansas area since September 1, 2004.
Bishop Jones has authored a number of books, many focused on United Methodist doctrine and history and on John Wesley’s history and theology. He is married to Mary Lou Reece, with whom he has three children.