INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced earlier this summer the 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session keynote speaker will be the Rev. Robert (Bob) Farr, director of congregational excellence for the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Farr leads the Healthy Church Initiative for the Missouri Conference and also teaches workshops across the country.

Born in Independence, Farr was raised in the small town of Creighton. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Farr has served United Methodist churches since he was 18 years old, beginning as a student pastor in 1978. He was founding pastor in 1990 of Grace UMC in Lee’s Summit. During Farr’s 10 years as pastor at Grace Church, attendance grew to more than 500 members. He also organized a daughter church in 1998 called Hope UMC in Lone Jack, Mo., which grew to more than 100 members in a small town of 400 residents. He then served as pastor of Church of the Shepherd in St. Peters, a suburb of St. Louis, where he relocated the congregation and increased church membership from 450 to more than 1,100.

Farr has co-authored two books about church growth including: Renovate or Die: 10 Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission e-Book by Bob Farr and Kay Kotan (Abingdon Press 2011) and Get Their Name: Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships by Bob Farr, Doug Anderson and Kay Kotan (Abingdon Press 2013).

For more information, visit the Missouri Conference Congregational Excellence web page at