District Visits: Bishop Scott Jones Looks Forward to Meeting You

9/22/2016

Bishop Scott Jones is coming to a district near you, so mark your calendars and don’t miss this opportunity to meet-greet-and-learn from an expert in the Wesleyan Way.

Bishop Scott Jones is going to see a lot of Texas over the next six months in a series of district visits that stretch into February. He starts the first of nine “road trips” by heading to the largest church in the southeast district: Wesley UMC, Beaumont on Saturday, September 24. “There will likely be a few similarities in each visit, in terms of the key activities, but for the most part,” says Assistant to the Bishop Rev. B.T. Williamson, “each district is customizing their visits according to their individual context for ministry.”
 
Most visits will include casual get-acquainted receptions, a Q&A time with an open microphone for dialogue, and visits across the district. “Bishop Jones will share some thoughts on one of his favorite topics – The Wesleyan Way at each district visit, and will preach on Sunday at one of the local churches. That will give those who did not make it on Saturday the chance to hear him and get to know him,” adds B.T.
 
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, 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 Wesley Studies and the History of Biblical Interpretation. He is the author of 10 books so far, including The Wesleyan Way: A Faith that Matters. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, he served in UMCs in Prosper, Howe, Commerce and McKinney all in Texas.
 
Rev. Alicia Coltzer, district superintendent of the Southeast District is excited to host the first of Bishop Jones’ road trips. “We hope to introduce Bishop Jones to a wide variety of lay and clergy representatives of our district. We want him to get to know and understand the special place that is Southeast Texas.”
 
Additionally, the lunch break is designed to give all our pastors and their spouses time to interact with the Bishop and his wife. “Of course,” Alicia jokes, “lunch in our area of Texas needs to have a Cajun theme.” District leaders are anticipating attendance of 250 at the September 24 meetings, which will provide a sizeable “Texas Welcome.” On Sunday, September 25, Bishop Jones will preach at the Methodist Temple, in Port Arthur at 9am and 11am.
 
Schedules are being developed to provide a preaching opportunity in each district that will coincide with the visit and will be available on the district visit listing.