The Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright

Bishop of Delaware

He comes to Delaware from 12 years of service as Rector of Grace Church, New Orleans. There, as he puts it, Bishop Wright "led a diverse, multicultural, urban parish through reconciliation, renewal, and growth." During Bishop Wright's tenure, Grace Church developed extensive ministries in education and service to the larger community. Grace Church's own congregation, reflecting the larger community, is both multiracial and bilingual - about 65% English speaking and about 35% Spanish speaking. Bishop Wright speaks Spanish fluently.

Prior to his arrival at Grace Church, Wright was rector of Suffolk Parish in Virginia, which consisted of two "yoked" congregations situated in an area undergoing rapid transition from rural to suburban. He is a past president of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations, and he has served as a deputy to the General Convention of the National Church.

Upon his election as Bishop of Delaware, Wright said, "I love the great variety in the church in Delaware and the opportunity that presents us. I hope I can use my experience in rural and urban ministry for us to work together in a fruitful way."

And, when first speaking to Diocesan leaders at the annual Convention, he expressed the hope that his service would be "a time when those who for too long have kept silent about injustice or cruelty in this community will find the courage to speak out... It may become a season of new attitudes. It may be a time of change for those whose minds are closed by prejudice or by preconceived notions about others who are only different."

Wright holds a B. A. in History from William & Mary College and a M. Div. from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Tennessee. He is married to Holly Lee Brown, a registered nurse, and they have one son, Parker.

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