The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Scott Jones will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
“Bishop Jones is the UM Church’s scholar-bishop,” said the Rev. Edmund Robb III, Senior Pastor at The Woodlands UM Church in The Woodlands, Texas. “His knowledge of the history of the church universal and his deep acquaintance with the Wesleyan movement within it has enriched all of us. He’s one of those gifted scholars who communicates important theological concepts in a way that helps us live deeper and richer lives of faith. I am delighted that people all across the UM connection will have the opportunity to hear his presentation!”
Bishop Jones’ address, “Unashamed of the Gospel,” is part of the Gathering’s “Unashamed!” theme. The event is expected to attract thousands of United Methodists across the connection.
A prolific writer, Jones has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books and written many articles for journals and magazines. Some of his most popular books include The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement (2016), Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age, (with his son, the Rev. Arthur Jones, 2015), The Wesleyan Way: A Faith that Matters (2013), Evangelistic Love of God and Neighbor: A Theology of Discipleship and Witness (2003), and John Wesley’s Conception and Use of Scripture.
Elected to the episcopacy in 2004, Jones currently serves as the resident bishop of the Texas Annual Conference. Prior to his current episcopal assignment he led the Great Plains Annual Conference, which was a merger of the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska Annual Conferences in 2012. He also serves as bishop of the United Methodist missions in Laos and Thailand.
“Bishop Jones is a thoroughly orthodox bishop, passionately committed to making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. “In our season of uncertainty he has steadfastly stood for the good order of the church, working diligently to see that the Traditional Plan would come before the special, called General Conference in February of 2019. At this critical juncture in the church’s history, I am excited to have him address the WCA’s Global Gathering.”
Ordained deacon in the Kansas East Annual Conference and elder in the North Texas Annual Conference, Bishop Jones served congregations in the North Texas area before accepting a faculty appointment at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
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 Wesleyan studies and the history of biblical interpretation.
“I have the utmost respect for Bishop Jones,” said the Rev. Rick Just, Senior Pastor at Asbury UM Church in Wichita, Kansas. “As one who worked under his leadership as a pastor and served on his cabinet, I found him to be a man who loves Jesus and diligently works to make disciples of Christ. He is a man of great vision, great integrity, and one who ‘keeps the main thing the main thing!’ I am blessed to call him both Bishop and friend.”
Jones currently serves as chairperson of the denomination’s Committee on Faith and Order. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Methodist University, the Texas Methodist Foundation, and Houston Methodist Hospital.
He is married to Mary Lou Reece, who is president of Reece Construction Company. They have three children: Jameson, Arthur and Marynell.