On April 29, Bishop Saenz sent the following letter to all Clergy and Laity of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church in regards to Bishop Lowry surrendering his credentials as a UMC Bishop.
Sisters and Brothers of the Central Texas Conference,
I am writing to make you aware that the Rev. Dr. Mike Lowry, who retired as your episcopal leader at the end of 2021, has surrendered his credentials as a bishop in The United Methodist Church.
It saddens me to hear this news because Mike is a friend and has been a solid pastor and leader over the years in The United Methodist Church. However, I respect his decision to assist with the launch of the Global Methodist Church and pray for God’s best for him.
I want to thank Mike for his years of service, for his pastoral spirit, and for his personable approach throughout his ministry. I ask that you join me in prayer for Mike and his wife, Jolynn, as they begin a new chapter in life and service to Christ.
Sisters and brothers of the Central Texas Conference, thank you for all you have done and continue to do in service to God and our mission to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Together, we continue to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.
Central Texas Conference