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Bishop James G (Jimmy) Nunn

South Central Jurisdiction
Oklahoma Episcopal Area

P.O. Box 60467
Oklahoma City, OK 73146-0467

Phone Number
(405) 530-2025

Fax Number
(405) 350-2040

Email Address
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Bishop Nunn is the episcopal leader for the Oklahoma Area of The United Methodist Church. As bishop, he presides over 500 churches in the Oklahoma Conference and almost 90 churches of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).


I am passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  I have been blessed with gifts and graces to make a greater impact on ministries of transformation at the strategic intersections of district, conference, and general church. 


  • Abernathy High School, 1975

  • McMurry University, Bachelor of Arts, 1979

  • Asbury Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, 1981

  • Asbury Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry, 1996

Transforming the Annual Conference

  • Leading efforts to plant new churches, recruit young, diverse clergy

  • Developing new leaders

  • Sharing the story using modern methods

  • Planting thirteen new or restart churches in the past three years

  • Reaching the Hispanic/Latino population

  • Emerging from financial crisis to debt free, adequately funded ministry

Reshaping Ministry in the District

  • Transformation at the District and Board of Ministry

  • Reducing districts and superintending in new ways

  • Making mission field appointments, recruiting clergy, administering processes

  • Experience with judicial processes of the church


  • Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, Northwest Texas, 1980

  • Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Northwest Texas, 1983

Annual Conference Leadership

  • Conference Board of Ministry, offices include chair, treasurer, secretary

  • Annual Conference Personnel Committee

  • Lubbock District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet

  • Conference Leadership Team

  • Member TMF (Texas Methodist Foundation) Board Member 2013-2016

  • Member TMF Loan Committee 2013-2016

General Church Experience

  • Delegate and delegation leader to the 2008, 2012, 2016 General Conference

  • Delegate to the 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Jurisdictional Conferences

  • Alternate delegate to the 2004 General Conference

  • General Conference Committee on Higher Education and Ministry 2008

  • General Conference Committee on Finance and Administration 2012

  • General Board of Higher Education and Ministry 2004-2012

  • Member of Jurisdictional Episcopal Committee 2008-2016

  • Endorsed as candidate for the Episcopacy by the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Delegations, 2015

Clergy Service Record

  • Consecrated Bishop of the United Methodist Church July 16, 2016

  • Elected Bishop and assigned to the Oklahoma area July 15, 2016

  • NWTX Conference Director of Mission and Administration and Church Development, 2011 – present

  • NWTX Conference Director of Church Development 2010-2011

  • Pastor Aldersgate Lubbock 2008-2009

  • Lubbock District Superintendent 2003-2008

  • Pastor Oakwood Lubbock 1996-2003

  • First, Lubbock (Associate Pastor) 1986-96

  • Pastor Earth 1982-86

  • Pastor Jayton 1981-82