J. Michael Lowry

J. Michael Lowry

J. Michael Lowry is the resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he is the spiritual leader for about 164,000 United Methodists in 320 congregations and developing faith communities.

At the time of his election and consecration as bishop in July 2008, he was serving as executive director of New Church Development and Transformation in the Southwest Texas Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, he was senior pastor at University United Methodist Church, a 5,800-member congregation in San Antonio that grew from 4,800 to 5,700 members during his tenure.

His previous appointments were to United Methodist churches in Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Kerrville and, while a student, serving the Plymouth Park congregation in Irving, Texas. Churches under his leadership have received a number of awards and recognitions including Habitat for Humanity, the President’s Award from Huston-Tillotson College, the Churchmanship Award from San Antonio Community of Churches, and the Arthur Moore Evangelism Award three times while he was pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi. Bishop Lowry is a regular contributor in The Abingdon Preaching Annual, and his “Generous Living” sermon was published in Best Stewardship Sermons of 2005. He was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics by Perkins School of Theology.

A 1972 graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Bishop Lowry earned his Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and his Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jolynn, have a son and daughter. Family time over the years has also included trekking in the national parks, an adventure Bishop Lowry enjoys whenever time and schedule permit. If you want to keep up with Bishop Lowry - what he's doing, where he's travelling, what's bouncing around in his episcopal brain, etc. - make sure that you are follow his blog.

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Resources

Finding Our Way

Finding Our Way

Finding Our Way - eBook

Finding Our Way - eBook

Articles

Interview with Bishop Mike Lowry

By J. Michael Lowry, Paul Franklyn
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Resurrection Reality

By J. Michael Lowry
John 20:19-31 Do you remember how Walter Cronkite used to close his broadcast by saying, “And that’s the way it is”? Such is a world vision that reflects the… read more

Faith Facing Tragedy

By J. Michael Lowry
Collectively this has been a hard week. News of the tragic terrorist bombing at the Boston marathon was joined last night by the massive explosion here in West, Texas. While… read more

Lectionary Commentary 2: Good Friday

By J. Michael Lowry
Isaiah 52:13–53:12 This Isaiah passage is arguably the greatest of the so called “servant songs” of Isaiah. The passage opens with the triumph; “he shall… read more

The Cross of Life

By J. Michael Lowry
Hebrews 10:16-25 For a couple of years my wife and I have attended Good Friday services at St. John the Evangelist Monastery (an Episcopal monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts). … read more

Lectionary Commentary 2: Holy Thursday

By J. Michael Lowry
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 The Passover story of Exodus 12 is the story of God’s redemption of God’s people. The lamb was sacrificed for the redemption and rescue… read more
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