Bishop Mike McKee will preach on Sunday, May 17th, as we continue the celebration of our 175th anniversary.
Bishop McKee, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, attended the University of Texas, Austin, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. As a young adult, he worshipped at First Church and volunteered in youth ministry.
He answered a call to ordained ministry and graduated from seminary at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, in 1978. His years of service as a pastor were spent in his home conference, Central Texas, where he served a variety of churches, including fifteen years as senior pastor of a fast growing congregation, First UMC, Hurst, from which he was elected bishop. Following his election, Bishop McKee was assigned to the Dallas area to serve as bishop of the North Texas Conference.
Bishop McKee is considered a gifted preacher and administrator and held numerous offices in his conference, including chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry. He was a delegate to three Jurisdictional conferences and two General Conferences. Known also for his passion for social justice, he served on the Board of Church and Society of the UMC. Currently, he chairs the Justice and Reconciliation Leadership Team of the UMC and is a member of the Council of Bishops Executive Committee. He serves on the Board of Trustees of
Southern Methodist University, Southwestern University, and the Texas Methodist Foundation.
Bishop McKee claims First Church as one of his church homes, which provided spiritual and vocational formation through the preaching and passion for social justice of the Reverend Robert S. Tate, the mentoring and care of Kathleen Jones, serving as Christian Educator at the time, as well as friendships formed with members of the Downtowners.
Since 1975, Bishop McKee has been married to Joan Craig McKee. They have two adult daughters of whom they are very proud: Erin, who lives with her husband, Darin, and their two sons, Knox and Fiord, in California, and Meredith, who lives in Dallas.
Come welcome him back to the pulpit on May 17th.