Deon K. Johnson

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The Right Reverend

Deon K. Johnson
XI Bishop of Missouri
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedNovember 23, 2019
InstalledJune 13, 2020
PredecessorWayne Smith
OrdinationDecember 19, 2003
by J. Clark Grew II
ConsecrationJune 13, 2020
by Wayne Smith
RankDiocesan bishop
Personal details
ParentsVerna Johnson & Henderson Brathwaite
SpouseJhovanny Osorio-Vazquez
Previous post(s)Rector St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brighton, Michigan
Alma materCase Western Reserve University & The General Theological Seminary

Deon Kevin Johnson is the eleventh bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. He was elected on November 23, 2019, and was consecrated and installed on June 13, 2020. His ordination and consecration was originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, but the coronavirus forced a postponement of the event. He succeeded Wayne Smith as Bishop of Missouri.

A native of Barbados, Johnson emigrated to the United States when he was 14 years old.[1] He studied at Case Western Reserve University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History in 2000. He also graduated with a Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in 2003. He was ordained deacon on June 15, 2003, and priest on December 19, 2003.[2] After ordination, he served as associate rector at Christ Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, until 2006, when he became rector at St Paul's Church in Brighton, Michigan. From 2012, he also later served as a consultant at the Office of Black Ministries.

On November 23, 2019, Johnson was elected to the post of Bishop of Missouri, having been elected on the first ballot. He received a majority of the clergy and lay votes in the election.[3] Johnson is the first black gay bishop in The Episcopal Church.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Gay, married Barbadian priest elected Bishop of Missouri". Barbados Today. November 23, 2019. Archived from the original on January 19, 2021. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "THE REVEREND DEON K. JOHNSON" (PDF). Real Episcopal. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2020. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ordination & Consecration of Deon Kevin Johnson" (PDF). Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2020.

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