Bishop Michael J. Coyner's Biography

“Bishop Mike” as most people call him, is originally from Anderson, Indiana. He served churches of various sizes, served as a District Superintendent of the former Lafayette District, and was also the Executive Assistant to Bishop Woodie W. White for the Indiana Area. He was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church in 1996 and was assigned to the Dakotas Area where he served two terms as resident bishop. In 2004 he was assigned to serve the Indiana Area, and he is now serving his third and final term before he retires in 2016.

Bishop Mike and his wife, Marsha, live in the Indianapolis area where the Bishop’s Office is located. He oversees the life and ministry of over 1,100 United Methodist congregations in Indiana, including 200,000 members organized into 10 districts. Under Bishop Coyner’s leadership, the former North and South Indiana Conferences voted in 2008 to create a new Indiana Conference which was launched in 2010.

Marsha Coyner is a special education teacher by training, and she also loves music and gardening. She has often played and directed handbell choirs at various churches where Mike has served, and she also has volunteered many hours of her time with UMCOR and related mission activities.

Bishop Mike and Marsha have two adult children and five grandchildren. Daughter, Laura and her husband, Adrian Peace, are both engineers in the Chicago area and the parents of Brianna, Austin and Alec. Son, Steve, a pharmaceutical salesman, lives in Fishers with daughter, Leah.

More about Bishop Mike ... he received his B.A. degree from Purdue University, his M. Div. degree from Duke Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological School. Bishop Mike also has received honorary doctorates from Dakota Wesleyan University, the University of Evansville and the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of several articles and five books: Making a Good Move (Abingdon Press, 1999), Prairie Wisdom (Abingdon Press, 2000), The Race to Reach Out (Abingdon Press, 2004) and A Year With John Wesley, Our Methodist Values (Discipleship Resources, 2008) and The Andrew Paradigm: How to Be a Lead Follower of Jesus (2012 Abington Press).

In addition to serving as a Trustee or Board member of various United Methodist agencies and institutions here in Indiana, Bishop Coyner also serves on the General Council on Finance and Administration for the denomination.

Bishop Coyner may be reached by email at: He also sends out a weekly devotional entitled “An Epistle from Bishop Mike” which can be received by subscribing (free) by visiting

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