Candidate Biography

    The Rev. John Michael Lowry

    San Antonio, TX

    March 1, 1950


    Children: Nathan, Sarah
    Education and Honors:
    1972 Graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana
    1976 Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University
    1985 Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminar
  • Associate Pastor, Plymouth Park UMC, Irving, Texas, 1976-1977
    (Appointment to attend school but served full time, post Seminary graduation)
  • Elder, Southwest Texas Conference, 1978
  • Pastor St. Paul`s UMC, Kerrville, Texas, 1977-1980
  • Sr. Pastor Wesley UMC, Harlingen, Texas, 1980-1984
  • Sr. Pastor Asbury UMC, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1984-1997
  • Sr. Pastor Bethany UMC, Austin, Texas, 1997-2001
  • Sr. Pastor University UMC, San Antonio, Texas, 2001
  • Membership:
  • Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry
  • Chair of the Committee on Church Extension
  • Chair of the Council on Church Revitalization and Church Extension
  • Texas Methodist Foundation Board
  • The United Methodist Publishing House Board of Directors
  • Perkins School of Theology Executive Board
  • Trustee for Southwestern University
  • Other:
    He is currently the Executive Director for New Church Development and Transformation for the Southwest Texas Conference in San Antonio, 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, Churchmanship Award from San Antonio Community of Churches, and the Arthur Moore Evangelism Award. Dr. 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.
    Southwest Texas Conference
    16400 Huebner Road
    San Antonio, TX 78248-1693
    Endorsed by:
    Southwest Texas Annual Conference

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