Delaware Episcopalians elected a pastor from Charlotte, North Carolina as their 11th Bishop July 15 in Middletown.
The Rev. Kevin S. Brown, rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, was elected on the fifth ballot at St. Anne’s Episcopal School. To elect, a separate two-thirds vote was required from both clergy and lay delegates.
“It’s humbling and inspiring,” said the Rev. Brown who was following the balloting all day on Twitter.
He will be ordained and consecrated on Dec. 9 by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Delaware State University in Dover will be the site of the service.
The Rev. Brown spent time in Delaware with the other four final candidates at the end of June.
“I loved being there. It was great because not only were folks welcoming, even in the shortest interactions there was a chance to make connections with people,” he said. “It felt more like a homecoming than an introduction.”
He will succeed the Right Rev. Wayne P. Wright, who retired in February. He will shepherd 9,300 Episcopalians in 34 congregations throughout Delaware. The Rev. Brown also will serve as chief pastor to the diocese’s priests and deacons and take a leadership role in social justice issues on a statewide level.
The Rev. Brown grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his M.B.A. while in the Air Force, worked in finance and marketing at FedEx, and launched an investment firm before his call to priesthood.