The Joe Barnhart Foundation has named retired Methodist bishop Janice Riggle Huie as its newest board member. Huie, born and raised in Beeville, has moved back to her family farm in Bee County after a career spanning more than four decades, including twelve years serving as the first female bishop of the United Methodist Church’s Houston-based Texas Annual Conference.

During her tenure as bishop, Huie gained national attention for crafting new strategies to energize the over 600 congregations of the Houston-based conference, which also includes Texarkana, Beaumont, Galveston, and College Station. Tracy Saucier, Executive Director of The Joe Barnhart Foundation notes, “With her impressive professional credentials and her longtime roots in the community, Bishop Huie will be awonderful asset to our Board.”

After graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Janice Riggle Huie enrolled in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, earning a Master of Theology. She went on to attend the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta where she was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree.

“The strong foundation I gained from my family, church, and community growing up in Beeville played an essential role in what I was able to achieve in my life and career,” stated Huie. “I’m looking forward to working with the Joe Barnhart Foundation to support our next generation in reaching their highest potential.”

The Joe Barnhart Foundation is dedicated to carrying out the vision of Dr. Joe Barnhart, founder, who entrusted his board of directors with the development and expansion of educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Beeville, particularly the children of the community.

The Foundation sponsors four major entities/programs in Beeville, including: The Joe Barnhart Scholarship Program; the Beeville Art Museum; The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library; and Public Parks in Beeville.