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Wayne P. Wright

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The Right Reverend

Wayne Parker Wright

Bishop of Delaware
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedFebruary 28, 1998
In office1998–2017
PredecessorCabell Tennis
SuccessorKevin S. Brown
ConsecrationJune 20, 1998
by Robert D. Rowley
Personal details
SpouseHolly Lee Brown

Wayne Parker Wright (born 1951) was the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware from 1998 till 2017.


Wright was born in 1951 and was raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. He studied at the College of William & Mary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American History, after which he worked as a journalist for two years. He then studied at Sewanee: The University of the South and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1980. He was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Between July 1, 1980, and December 1986 he was the rector of St John's Church in Suffolk, Virginia. Whilst there, he also married Holly Lee Brown in 1985. In 1986 he became the rector of Grace Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also served as deputy to two general conventions and as president of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations.[1]

Wright was elected Bishop of Delaware on February 28, 1998, and was consecrated on June 20, 1998, by Bishop Robert D. Rowley of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and co-consecrated by Charles Jenkins of Louisiana and Mary Adelia McLeod of Vermont, on the grounds of St Andrew's School, Middletown, Delaware.[2] He was installed as the tenth Bishop of Delaware in St John's Cathedral, Wilmington, Delaware, on June 21. Wright retired on December 9, 2017.[3]

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  • Episcopal Clerical Directory 2015
  1. ^ "Recently Consecrated Bishops". The Episcopal Church Annual: 376. 1997.
  2. ^ Kelleher, L. (July 12, 1998). "Consecration Without Walls". The Living Church. 217 (2): 6.
  3. ^ "Delaware's Episcopalians have a new bishop". milfordbeacon.com.

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