The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware on Dec. 9 in Dover.
Brown was elected July 15, marking the culmination of a search that began in April 2016, after former Delaware bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright, announced his retirement.
About 750 people attended and participated in the two-hour service, with the theme of “Come, Holy Spirit,” at the Delaware State University Education and Humanities Theater.
The presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, served as the chief consecrator and the retired Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright, and the Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson, of West Tennessee, acted as co-consecrators. The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan of North Carolina, and the Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, assisting bishop of Texas, acted as additional consecrators.
The Drum Circle of the Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew signaled the start of the three processionals at 10:35 a.m. Accompanied by organ and a tympani and brass quintet, a 112-voice choir heralded the processions of service participants; diocesan, ecumenical and interfaith clergy; and visiting and co-consecrating bishops.
The Rev. Amanda K. Robertson, associate rector at Brown’s former parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, delivered the sermon. After the service, a light reception was held in the Martin Luther King Student Parlor on the Delaware State University campus. On his first Sunday as bishop, Brown attended an evensong service of lessons and carols at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.
Brown grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his Master of Business Administration 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 gaining a master of divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City.
Before the election, he served as rector at Holy Comforter, where he led the merger of separate English and Spanish preschools into a single groundbreaking 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, Tennessee.
After the election, Brown and his wife, Caroline, relocated and now live in Wilmington. They have two college-age daughters.