PO Box 7227
Macon, Georgia 31209
Bishop James R. King, Jr.
Resident Bishop, South Georgia Area
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James R. King, Jr. is the episcopal leader of the South Georgia Annual Conference. Bishop King was nurtured in faith at his home town church of Pleasant Grove UMC in Ashland, Alabama. After answering God’s call to ministry, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Clark College and a Master of Divinity at the Interdenominational Theological Center – both in Atlanta, Ga. – in 1972. Bishop King was ordained a deacon in the Central Alabama Conference in 1970 and an elder in the Central Alabama Conference in 1972. Bishop King served pastoral appointments in Alabama, California and Tennessee. During his tenure in the Tennessee Annual Conference he also served as a District Superintendent and Conference Council Director. He has served as a delegate to Jurisdictional and General Conferences from 1988 through 2000, and was elected to the episcopacy in 2000. Bishop King served as bishop of the Louisville area – which includes the Kentucky and Red Bird Missionary Conferences – for 8 years before being appointed to South Georgia in September 2008. Bishop King served the last queddrenium as the president of the General Commission on United Methodist Men and co-authored 366 Meditations for Men. He and his wife, Rose, now reside in Macon, Ga. and have two sons and one daughter plus two grandchildren.