On the third ballot, with 133 votes, the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC elected Rev. Dr. Ruben Saenz, Jr. of the Rio Texas Conference as its first newly elected Bishop of the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference. The SCJ is meeting this week in Wichita, KS.
Rev. Dr. Saenz earned his Master of Divinity degree from SMU Perkins School of Theology in 1997 and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Perkins in 2009.
He currently serves as the as the Director of Conference Connectional Ministries and Executive Director of the Mission Vitality Center for the Rio Texas Conference. From 2010-2104, he was the Southwest Texas Director of Congregational and New Church Development, where he helped start 11 new faith communities for the Conference.
Prior to his Conference appointments, Rev. Dr. Saenz served several churches, including La Trinidad UMC and El Divino Redentor in El Paso, and Senior Pastor for El Buen Pastor UMC in Edinburg – which became the largest Hispanic-American United Methodist Church in the country with over 900 members under his leadership.
Click here to read his full biography and endorsement from the Rio Texas Conference.