Janice Riggle Huie

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Janice Riggle Huie (born 15 December 1946) is a bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1996 by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. She has served in the church's Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference, 1996-2004, and in the Texas Annual Conference since 2004.

She is married to Robert Huie. They have two sons: David (deceased) and Matthew. Bishop Huie served as the President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops until 2008, ostensibly the senior executive position of the United Methodist General Connection. She was succeeded by Bishop Greg Palmer of the Iowa Conference.

Huie was appointed to the Texas Annual Conference in 2004. The area is composed of 713 congregations and 290,855 members, spread throughout the eastern part of the US state of Texas. It includes Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Texarkana, Longview, Tyler and College Station.

After visiting each charge in the Texas Conference at the start of her tenure to assess the needs of the church, Bishop Huie began leading the Texas Conference in a long-term change process that is paving the way for church and community revitalization throughout east Texas. The Annual Conference voted in a called session on November 19, 2005 to adopt a new structure to help fulfill the conference vision of "Vibrant, growing congregations transforming lives and reshaping futures for Jesus Christ." The new structure created four Centers for Excellence to help equip Texas Methodists. Congregational Excellence, Clergy Excellence, Missional Excellence and Connectional Resources are the four target areas.

Under Huie's leadership, the Texas Conference has also entered into a global partnership with Bishop Benjamin Boni and the Côte d'Ivoire Annual Conference in West Africa. Healthcare, education, and economic empowerment are the cornerstones of the partnership. The Texas Conference pledged to raise $1 million over two years for the purchase of long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to stop the spread of malaria, which is the No. 1 killer in Africa. (A child dies every 30 seconds from the disease.) The conference raised $1 million in 1 year, and leveraged partnerships with Nothing But Nets, the Clinton Global Initiative, and others to deliver more than 800,000 life saving nets to the children of Côte d'Ivoire in November 2008. [1]


Huie completed undergraduate study at University of Texas (1969). She went on to earn a Th.M. at Perkins School of Theology and holds a D.Min. from Candler School of Theology in 1989. [2]

Ordained Ministry[edit]

  • Bishop, Houston Area, 2004–Present
  • Bishop, Arkansas Area, 1996–2004
  • District Superintendent, San Angelo District, 1993–1996
  • Pastor, Manchaca United Methodist Church
  • Pastor, Mason First United Methodist Church, Mason, Texas
  • Pastor, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas
  • Associate Pastor, University United Methodist Church, Austin, TX
  • Marbridge Ranch

Campus Minister, University of Texas, Austin, TX


  • The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church [3]
  • InfoServ, the official information service of The United Methodist Church. [4]

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