Mike Coyner is originally from Anderson, Indiana. "Bishop Mike" as most people call him received his B.A. from Purdue University (and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), his M. Div. from Duke Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School. He has also received honorary doctorates from Dakota Wesleyan University, the University of Evansville, and the University of Indianapolis.
He served churches of various sizes in the North Indiana Conference, served as a District Superintendent, and was also the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. He was elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church in 1996 and was assigned to serve the Dakotas Area, where he served two terms.
In 2004, he has assigned to return to the Indiana Area as Bishop. After serving the Indiana Area for twelve years, including helping the North and South Indiana Conferences to merge, he retired in 2016. Mike and his wife Marsha live in Indianapolis, where they enjoy biking, spending time with their grandchildren, writing, and visiting friends. Marsha also serves on staff at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis where she directs one of the handbell choirs.
Mike is the author of several articles and four books from Abingdon Press: Making a Good Move: Opening the Door to an Effective New Pastorate (1999), Prairie Wisdom: Reflections on Life in the Dakotas (2000), The Race to Reach Out: Connecting Newcomers to Christ in a New Century (2004), and The Andrew Paradigm: Being a Leader Follower (2009).
Marsha Lynn England and Mike met while attending Purdue University and were married in 1970. They have two children: Laura is an engineer employed at Humana and she and her husband Adrian live in Lake Bluff, Illinois with their two sons Austin (7) and Alec (2). Steve lives in Fishers with his daughter Leah (7), and he is in pharmaceutical sales.