Bishop Michael Coyner
North Central Jurisdiction
301 Pennsylvania Parkway Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280-1396
Mike Coyner is originally from Anderson, Indiana. "Bishop Mike" as most people call him received his B.A. from Purdue University (and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), his M. Div. from Duke Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Dakota Wesleyan University and from the University of Evansville.
He served churches of various sizes in the North Indiana Conference, served as a District Superintendent, and was also the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. He was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church in 1996 and was assigned to serve the Dakotas Area, where he served two terms.
In 2004, he has assigned to return to the Indiana Area as Bishop. Mike and his wife Marsha live in Indianapolis, where the Bishop's office and residence are located. He oversees the life and ministry of 1250 United Methodist congregations in the North and South Indiana Conferences, comprising more than 225,000 members.
He is the author of several articles and three books from Abingdon Press: Making a Good Move: Opening the Door to an Effective New Pastorate (1999), Prairie Wisdom: Reflections on Life in the Dakotas (2000), and The Race to Reach Out: Connecting Newcomers to Christ in a New Century (2004). Bishop Mike also writes a weekly e-mail devotional article entitled, "An E-pistle from Bishop Mike" which is sent to hundreds of pastors and laity in the Indiana Area and beyond.
Marsha Lynn England and Mike met while attending Purdue University and were married in 1970. They have two children: Laura is an engineer employed with General Electric in Louisville, KY, and Steve is employed as a pharmaceutical sales representative with TAP in Indianapolis, Indiana. He and his wife Megan live in Fishers, IN. Bishop's Writings
Bishop Coyner's writings are available online from the Indiana Conference website.