Robert Schnase serves as Bishop of the Missouri Area of The United Methodist Church. He was elected by the South Central Jurisdiction in July 2004 and assigned to the Missouri Area beginning September 2004.
Schnase was ordained Elder in 1986 in the Southwest Texas Conference. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a master’s degree in theology, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in psychology.
From 1989 to 2004, he served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of McAllen, Texas. First Church was recognized for congregational growth, bi-cultural ministry, young adult ministry and commitment to mission as the congregation relocated and built new facilities to serve the Rio Grande Valley. From 1984 to 1989, Schnase served as pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Harlingen, receiving the Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth and the Denman Evangelism Award. From 1982-1983, he served the Farnham and Alton Circuit of five churches with the British Methodist Conference.
As a writer, he’s the author of several books by Abingdon Press, including: Five Practices of Fruitful Giving (2010), The Balancing Act (2009), Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations (2007), Ambition in Ministry: Our Spiritual Struggle with Success, Achievement and Competition (1993), and Testing and Reclaiming Your Call to Ministry (1991).
Bishop Schnase’s wife, Esther, is a high school English teacher. They have two college-aged sons, Karl and Paul. He is an avid runner, completing several marathons, and enjoys canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching, studying Spanish and traveling in Latin America.