For the first time in 12 years, the 800 United Methodist Churches in Missouri will have a new bishop. Robert Farr was elected to serve as a Bishop at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas in July and started serving as the Bishop of Missouri, September 1st. The South Central Jurisdiction covers Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. This is the first time that a bishop was assigned back to his home area. Farr grew up in Creighton, where he earned a bachelor’s degree at Central Missouri State University receiving his Masters at Perkins School of Theology, at Southern Methodist University. He has served as a pastor in Lee’s Summit and St. Charles, authoring books on church revitalization including Renovate or Die, Get Their Name and The Necessary Nine. Bishops are assigned areas for four year terms and can serve one area for a maximum of 12 years.