Bishop Ben R. Chamness
319 Elkins Lake
Huntsville TX 77340
Born in Carthage, Texas, Ben Chamness is a graduate of Lon Morris College (A.A.), Centenary College (B.A.), Perkins School of Theology at S.M.U. (M.Th.), and Drew University (D.Min.). In 1960 he married Joye Fay Stokes of Henderson, Texas. They have two sons, David (Caroline) and Steve (Edy), and six wonderful grandchildren: Patrick, Courtney, Matthew, Stephen, Christopher and Yvonne.
Ordained deacon and elder in the Texas Conference by Bishop Paul Martin, Dr. Chamness served more than 37 years as a member of the Texas Conference. Churches he served include: Mt Hope Circuit, Panola County Rural Work, Diana Circuit, Avinger, Maud, Jacinto City, First of Missouri City, United Methodist Temple in Port Arthur, and Marvin in Tyler. He served as District Superintendent of the Houston Northwest District from 1996-2000 at the invitation of Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn. He was in this position when elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2000 and assigned to the Fort Worth Area.
Before his election, Bishop Chamness was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lon MorrisCollege. He served as President of the Council on Finance and Administration, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Ministry, and as a member of many other committees and boards in the Texas Conference. From 1992-96 he served as President of the South Central Jurisdictional Council on Finance and Administration and as a member of the Jurisdictional Executive Committee. He was elected a delegate to General Conferences in 1988, 1996, and 2000, and as a delegate to Jurisdictional Conferences from 1984-2000. Also, he has served as a delegate to the World Methodist Conference.
Since his election in 2000, Ben Chamness has served as the Bishop of the Central Texas Conference and the Fort Worth Area. He currently chairs the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, the Central Conference Pension Committee, and he serves on the South Central Jurisdictional Mission Council. He is a trustee of Southwestern University (Georgetown), Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth), Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth), Lon Morris College (Jacksonville), Harris Methodist Health Systems (Tarrant County), Methodist Children's Home (Waco), and Wesleyan Homes (Georgetown). He was instrumental in getting the Interim Ministry started in the South Central Jurisdiction.
He retired from the episcopacy in 2008.