The Right Rev. Kevin S. Brown was ordained and consecrated Dec. 9 as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware.
Brown was elected July 15, marking the culmination of a search that began in April 2016, after former the Delaware bishop, the Right Rev. Wayne P. Wright, announced his retirement.
Despite the snow, approximately 750 people attended and participated in the two-hour service at the Delaware State University Education and Humanities Theater.
Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, served as the chief consecrator, and the Right Rev. Wayne P. Wright (retired), and the Right Rev. Don E. Johnson of West Tennessee acted as co-consecrators.
Brown grew up in Asheville, N.C., and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his master of business administration degree at the University of West Florida while in the U.S. Air Force, worked in finance and marketing at FedEx and launched an investment firm before earning a master of divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City.
Before the election, Brown served as rector at Holy Comforter in Charlotte, N.C., where he led the merger of separate English and Spanish preschools into a single school focused on bilingual education and dedicated to access for low-income and immigrant families. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, Tenn.
Following the election, Brown and his wife Caroline, an accomplished artist, relocated and now live in Wilmington. They have two college-age daughters.
The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware encompasses the three counties of Delaware and includes 9,300 congregants and 34 worshipping communities.