|Bishop Mike McKee will preach on Sunday, May 17th, during the celebration of the 175th anniversary of First UMC-Austin. Bishop McKee, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, attended the University of Texas, Austin, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. As a young adult, he worshipped at First Church and volunteered in youth ministry.
He answered a call to ordained ministry and graduated from seminary at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, in 1978. His years of service as a pastor were spent in his home conference, Central Texas, where he served a variety of churches, including fifteen years as senior pastor of a fast growing congregation, First UMC, Hurst, from which he was elected bishop. Following his election, Bishop McKee was assigned to the Dallas area to serve as bishop of the North Texas Conference.