Bishop J. Michael Lowry
South Central Jurisdiction
Fort Worth Episcopal Area
3200 E. Rosedale St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Bishop Mike Lowry is the resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church/Fort Worth Episcopal Area, where he is the spiritual leader for about 164,000 United Methodists in 320 congregations and developing faith communities.
At the time of his election and consecration as bishop in July 2008, he was serving as executive director of New Church Development and Transformation in the Southwest Texas Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, he was senior pastor at University United Methodist Church, a 5,800 member congregation in San Antonio that grew from 4,800 to 5,700 members during his tenure. His previous appointments include United Methodist Churches in Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Kerrville and, while a student, serving Plymouth Park in Irving, Texas. Churches under his leadership have received a number of awards and recognitions including Habitat for Humanity, the President’s Award from Hutson-Tillotson College, the Churchmanship Award from San Antonio Community of Churches, and the Arthur Moore Evangelism Award three times. Bishop Lowry is a regular blogger at his post, “This Focused Center” and his “Generous Living” sermon was published in Best Stewardship Sermons of 2005. He has been awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics by Perkins School of Theology and the Harry Denman Evangelism Award by the Foundation for Evangelism (2015). In 2014, he contributed the chapter entitled “Order” in Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press, edited by Rueben P. Job and Neil M. Alexander).
A 1972 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Bishop Lowry earned his Master of Theology from Perkins (at SMU) and his Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jolynn have a son Nathan & daughter-in-law Abigail and grandsons Simon and Adam; daughter Sarah & son-in-law Steven and grandchildren Grace and Sam. Family time over the years has included trekking in the national parks, an adventure they still enjoy as time and schedules permit.