About

Scott Jameson Jones currently serves as the resident bishop of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church with his office in Houston.  He was born in 1954 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 in North 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 he was elected a bishop by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to serve as the resident bishop of the Kansas Area as of September 1, 2004.  Beginning September 1, 2012 he served as resident bishop of the Great Plains Area comprising the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska Annual Conferences. Starting September 1, 2016 he serves as bishop of the Texas Annual Conference.

He currently serves as chair of the Committee on Faith and Order. Additionally he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Methodist University.

His most recent books are The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement (2016), Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age (2014) and The Wesleyan Way: A Faith that Matters (2014). Earlier books include The Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Discipleship and Witness (2003), and United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center (2002), all from Abingdon Press.

Scott is married to Mary Lou Reece, who is president of Reece Construction Company.  They have three children Jameson, Arthur and Marynell.

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Bishop Scott Jones

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