South Central Jurisdiction Elects Bob Farr to Episcopacy

by Rev. Becky David-Hensley

Bob FarrLate on Friday afternoon, Rev. Robert (Bob) Farr of the Missouri Annual Conference was elected as the third and final bishop to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, convening this week in Wichita, Kansas. After a long day of voting, the SCJ delegates finally moved in favor of electing Rev. Farr over Rev. David Wilson, who would have been the first Native American bishop to serve the United Methodist Church. But on the thirty-fifth ballot, Rev. Farr clinched the episcopal opening with 138 of the necessary 127 votes.

Rev. Farr is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Conference. Prior to his Conference appointment in 2007, Rev. Farr served a restart urban church in Kansas City, and founded Grace UMC in Lee’s Summit and Hope Church in Lone Jack. He also led the congregation of Church of the Shepherd in St. Charles through a relocation and worship attendance increased from 450 to 1,200 during his tenure. Under his leadership at the Conference level, 35 church starts have emerged, and he has also overseen 150 Healthy Church consultations throughout the conference.

Additionally, Rev. Farr has served beyond the Missouri Conference through his experience with the Healthy Church Initiative, School of Congregational Development, Path One, South Central Jurisdiction new church plant trainings, and through the Route 122 transformational church network.

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