James G. Nunn

James G. Nunn

Bishop, The United Methodist Church
Northwest Texas Conference and
South Central Jurisdiction of Oklahoma Episcopal Area
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Board Member: 2022 to present

Civic and Volunteer Activities:
Lydia Patterson Institute, Board Member
Oklahoma City University, Board of Trustees
Oklahoma Methodist Foundation, Board Member
TMF Board of Trustees

A native of Abernathy, Texas, Bishop Nunn ‘79 holds a degree from McMurry University, and M.Div. and D.Min. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon (1980) and elder (1983) in the Northwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. He served 25 years in parish ministry and 12 years as District Superintendent or Director of Conference Connectional Ministries. He was elected a delegate to the past four General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church.

Nunn was elected to the episcopacy in 2016 and assigned to the Oklahoma Area, which includes the Oklahoma Conference and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Effective January 1, 2022, he was assigned to the Northwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church in addition to his responsibilities in Oklahoma.

Nunn’s experience in higher education and administration beyond the church includes his service as a member of the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma City University, its executive committee, presidential search committee, and church relations committee. He serves on the board and investment committee of the Oklahoma Methodist Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Lydia Patterson Institute. He has also served on the TMF Board of Trustees and consulted with Katanga Methodist University in Mulungushi, Congo.

The fourth McMurry alumni to be elected to the episcopacy, he is included in the Hall of Bishops at McMurry. He was also honored as an Outstanding Alumni in Religious and Spiritual Life in 2019.

Nunn and his wife, Mary, also a McMurry graduate, are the parents of two grown children and grandparents to two grandchildren. Mary teaches piano and music in her private studio. They met and married while attending McMurry.