Bishop Cynthia Harvey

Bishop Harvey 300Cynthia Fierro Harvey serves as bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, having been assigned there in September of 2012. The Louisiana Annual Conference is composed of 486 congregations and 118,725 members and includes the entire state of Louisiana.

Under Bishop Harvey’s leadership, the 2013 Louisiana Annual Conference adopted a mission and vision focus to: lead others to an abundant life in Christ; engage in the community; learn, live and tell the gospel story; and reach out and draw-in people from all walks of life resulting in vibrant, alive and vital congregations. The vision and mission are undergirded by Core Values: integrity, accountability, unrelenting love for all people, courage and risk, and holding nothing sacred but the mission. In the fall of 2013, Bishop Harvey carried this message to each of the six districts in the conference, holding town hall style meetings to engage Louisiana United Methodists in conversation toward greater fruitfulness. She has continued to draw upon the vision and mission at every opportunity.

She has challenged faith communities to look beyond themselves and to keep an eye focused on the edge where God is at work. Bishop Harvey also has a passion for young people as they lead the church into a future filled with possibilities.

In connection with her Episcopal assignment, she serves on the Boards of Trustees for Centenary College, Dillard University and the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana. Bishop Harvey chairs the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries for The United Methodist Church. She served as the President of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops from 2013-14. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Council of Bishops.

After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 1980, Bishop Harvey spent 12 years in the corporate world as a regional director of marketing for the Rouse Company, a shopping center developer with properties throughout the United States. She focused on properties in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Louisiana. In 1992, she responded to a life-long call and began her ministerial work as a local pastor and continuing later to Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, earning a Master of Divinity.

Harvey went on to serve as associate pastor for The Foundry United Methodist Church in Houston from 1992-1996 and as executive pastor for Memorial Drive UMC in Houston from 1996-2008. She then moved to the position of Director of Missional Excellence for the Texas Annual Conference, serving from Febuary of 2008-May 1, 2010.

Just prior to her election as a United Methodist bishop during the 2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Harvey served as Deputy General Secretary for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey was born on May 5, 1959 in Big Spring, Texas. She and her husband, Dean Alan Harvey, were married in 1981. Dean is a financial advisor and owns his own firm. Their daughter, Elizabeth Grace is an interior designer living in Dallas.

Dean and Cynthia love good food. They love to cook, but can also give you recommendations for the best food in places from Houston to Baton Rouge, and wherever their travels have taken them. Dean is an excellent chef while Cynthia is at his side as his sous chef (and taking care of clean-up duty!).