The Rt. Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, Jr. was ordained and consecrated on September 27, 2003 at the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena, Montana. Elected on the third ballot during a special diocesan convention on May 18, 2003, he is serving as the ninth Bishop of Montana.
Born in Belpre, Ohio on August 30, 1948, Bishop Brookhart attended public schools in Belpre, and graduated from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio in 1970 with a B.A. in English Literature. He attended the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1974. The United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio conferred the Doctor of Ministry degree in homiletics in 1984.
Bishop Brookhart served four churches in Ohio and West Virginia. Over the years he served in a variety of diocesan roles: member and president of the Standing Committee; chair of the Search Committee for the seventh Bishop of West Virginia; ecumenical officer; chair of the evangelism committee; evangelism consultant; chair of the Board of Examining Chaplains; member of the Commission on Ministry; and summer camp leader.
He was active in a number of community service organizations, most recently as President of the Board of Faith in Action: Caregivers in Wheeling, West Virginia. He served as adjunct professor of homiletics at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and as adjunct professor of scripture at Wheeling Jesuit University. The Bishop is the co-chair of the Episcopal/Methodist churches dialog.
Bishop Brookhart is married to Dr. Susan Moyer Brookhart, a private educational consultant. They are the parents of two adult daughters. The Bishop is an avid collector of religious icons and fountain pens.