McKee To Serve As Bishop in Residence at Perkins School of Theology


McKee To Serve As Bishop in Residence at Perkins School of Theology


DALLAS – Michael McKee, resident bishop of the Dallas Area of The United Methodist Church, has accepted an invitation to serve as Bishop in Residence at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, effective early 2023. McKee, who has served as episcopal leader of the North Texas Annual Conference since his election by the South Central Jurisdiction in 2012, will retire from that position Jan. 1.


Announcement of the appointment was made June 7 by Dean Craig C. Hill during the 2022 session of the North Texas Annual Conference.


“We are eager to have Bishop McKee join Perkins as Bishop in Residence,” Dean Hill said. “He has been a valued presence in the Perkins community throughout his episcopacy and will further strengthen our ties with congregations and institutions in North Texas and beyond.”


In his role as Bishop in Residence, McKee will participate fully in the life of the school, including attending faculty meetings.  In addition, he will play a key role in leadership development with students and alums and will serve as a pastoral presence to the entire Perkins community.


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, McKee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1973), a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University (1978) and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Texas Wesleyan University (2005). He also was honored with the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2017. In 2019, he received the Texas Methodist Foundation’s Medallion of Merit award.


He was ordained elder in 1979 in the Central Texas Annual Conference, where he served several churches, including 15 years as the senior pastor of First UMC Hurst. During his pastoral ministry in the local church, McKee supervised many Perkins interns.

He has held numerous offices including chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Mid-Cities District Committee on Ordained Ministry. He was a delegate to three Jurisdictional Conferences and two General Conferences. He served on the General Board of Church & Society from 2004 to 2012.

McKee is president of the Board of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the UMC.  He currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, Texas Methodist Foundation, Methodist Health System, Dallas, and is past chair of the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.


McKee also serves as the Bishop of the United Methodist Mission in Honduras.

He has been married to Joan (Craig) McKee since 1975, and they have two children: Erin, who lives with her husband, Darin, and sons, Knox and Ford, in California; and Meredith, who lives in Dallas.




Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music, as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.