Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Ruben Saenz, Jr., as our new Bishop! His term will begin September 1, 2016. According to District Superintendent Dan Flanagan, Bishop Saenz, Jr., will come to Omaha and members will have the opportunity to meet him. Please pray for this Bishop during this period of transition.
Rev. Dr. Ruben Saenz, Jr. of the Rio Texas Conference is the first newly elected Bishop of the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference. Rev. Dr. Saenz, Jr. will serve the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC, which includes the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Bishops usually serve in one area up to two terms of four years each. The jurisdictional conference can grant a third term. Bishops are elected for life and serve in their assignment until retirement.
Saenz is a well-known missional church leader that has specialized in church development, especially in populations with a Hispanic majority. Information from this post was gathered from The United Methodist Reporter.
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Saenz began his call to ministry in 1993 after successful tenures in the education and small-business sectors in Rio Grande City, Texas. He graduated in 1997 with a Master of Divinity degree from SMU Perkins School of Theology and was awarded the Perkins Faculty Award for the student who best exemplified the goals and mission of Perkins. He later received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Perkins in 2009.
Saenz looks forward to working with an annual conference to creatively and effectively address critical issues and opportunities for the United Methodist Church.
“There are several critical opportunities facing the United Methodist Church,” said Saenz. “The first opportunity I consider to be critical is the UMC’s ability to reach and disciple new people, younger people, and more diverse people. Related to this opportunity is how the UMC will engage and embrace the country’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural reality. A necessary component of the church’s future vitality depends on the resolution of this pressing reality and opportunity.”