The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright
VII Bishop Suffragan for the
Armed Forces and Federal Ministries
The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright, 60, is the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church. He will be our guest preacher at both services on Sunday morning, February 16th, for the Feast of Absalom Jones. In addition to that, he will be leading a class between services at 9:15 a.m., addressing his role and the issues he faces as Bishop to the Armed Forces. Come ready to engage and learn about this fascinating position in your Episcopal Church!
A native of Baltimore, Maryland and cradle Episcopalian, Wright was elected Bishop Suffragan at the Fall 2016 House of Bishops Meeting in Detroit Michigan and was consecrated a Bishop at the Washington National Cathedral on February 11, 2017 by The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.
Bishop Wright’s span of responsibility is for Episcopal chaplains and their congregations in the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Prior to being elected Bishop, Wright served as Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pasadena, Maryland and as Archdeacon for Deployment and Pastoral Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland by Bishop Eugene Sutton.
Wright enlisted in the US Air Force in 1978. Following his initial enlistment Wright graduated from US Army ROTC and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve. In 1993 Wright was commissioned a Chaplain, US Air Force until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. Wright’s last active duty assignment was as the Deputy Command Chaplain, USAF Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Air Force Global Strike Command provides combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders.
Following his initial enlistment Wright attended Loyola University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. He then attended Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA graduating with a Master of Divinity after which he was ordained a Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Wright furthered his theological education earning a Master of Sacred Theology from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. His STM thesis is entitled, “The Episcopal Church and the Hope of Communion”. He has also been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary and The School of Theology/The University of the South.
Wright has been active in the Episcopal Church both as a civilian priest and an Air Force Chaplain in a dozen dioceses. A Church musician, he has a keen interest in matters liturgical. He has been in-demand as a preacher and retreat leader, and was elected and served as the 43rd Co-Dean of the Union of Black Episcopalians. He has authored several articles on Church History and has lectured on the challenges of ministry as a military chaplain in combat.
Bishop Wright serves on the Board of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF) and is Honorary Board Chair of the Union of Black Episcopalians.