Bishop Robert Schnase Outline Bio

Robert Schnase

Born: Sep. 23, 1957
Married: Esther Washington Schnase, May 31, 1980
Children: Karl Schnase and Paul Schnase


  • Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Master of Theology, Cum Laude
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude
  • Instituto Latinoamericano de Idiomas, San Jose, Costa Rica (language study, four summers)


  • 2003, Moody Endowment and Hesta-Stuart Trust grants (for Border Friendship Commission at First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas, coordinating work in Mexico & South Texas)
  • 2003, Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal Grant to develop models for bicultural ministry
  • 1988, Denman Evangelism Award, Foundation for Evangelism
  • 1988, United Methodist Publishing House Circuit Rider Award for church growth
  • 1984, Senior Preaching Award, Perkins School of Theology
  • 1984, Flinn Outstanding Senior Award, Perkins School of Theology


  • 2004-present, Bishop, Missouri Area
  • 1989-2004 – Senior pastor, First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas
  • 1984-89 – Senior pastor, Wesley UMC, Harlingen, Texas
  • 1982-83 – Pastor, Farnham and Alton circuit, British Methodist Conference, England
  • 1981-82 – Associate pastor, Perkins Internship, First UMC, McAllen, Texas
  • Ordained Deacon, 1981, and Elder, 1986, Southwest Texas Conference


  • Remember the Future, Abingdon Press, 2011
  • Practicing Extravagant Generosity, Abingdon Press, 2011
  • Forty Days of Fruitful Living, Abingdon Press, 2010
  • Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Abingdon Press, 2010
  • The Balancing Act, Abingdon Press, 2009
  • Cultivating Fruitfulness, Abingdon Press, 2008
  • Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Abingdon Press, 2006
  • Ambition in Ministry, Abingdon Press, 1993
  • Testing and Reclaiming Your Call to Ministry, Abingdon Press, 1991

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