Harvey Brings South Central Jurisdiction 'Firsts'


Through the immediacy of five rounds of electronic voting and social media, the announcement spread quickly that Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, endorsed by the Women’s Leadership Team of the SJC and Nebraska Conference, was the first bishop to be elected at the South Central Jurisdiction in mid July. Harvey is also the first woman elected as Bishop in the SCJ since 1996 and the first Latina ever elected in the SJC. It has been 16 years since the last female bishop was elected in the SCJ. 

 She is a graduate of the University of Texas (Bachelor of Journalism) and received her Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. Harvey’s ministry highlights include service in mission support for UMARMY, pastoral roles with The Foundry UMC and Memorial Drive UMC, and two years on TAC staff as Director of Missional Excellence.

She will now begin her transition from serving as Deputy General Secretary of UMCOR. Harvey stated in a recent letter, “It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that I am leaving UMCOR. I am excited about this new direction in which the Lord leads me, and I’m so happy to serve The United Methodist Church in yet another challenging capacity.” She will begin serving as Bishop of the Louisiana  Conference in September.

Learn More About Bishop Harvey

See the endorsement announcement from the Nebraska Annual Conference

See her Bio from elections.umc.org

Read letter from Harvey about being elected 

See Article Announcing Her Election