The Venerable Fr. Carl Wright

Father Carl Wright

Ordained 25 years ago

Carl Walter Wright

Elected Bishop Suffragan of the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

Due to the election of Bishop Wright in early 2017, St Andrew's is currently in search of a Priest-in-Charge.


The Venerable Carl Walter Wright, 57, is the Bishop Suffragan (Elect) for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Wright was elected Bishop Suffragan at the Fall 2016 House of Bishops Meeting in Detroit Michigan and will be consecrated Bishop at the Washington National Cathedral on February 11, 2017 by The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.

Prior to being elected Bishop Suffragan, Fr. Wright served as Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Pasadena, Maryland and was named Archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland by Bishop Eugene Sutton.

Wright enlisted in the US Air Force in 1978.  Following his initial enlistment Wright was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve.  In 1993 Wright was commissioned as 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”.

Wright has been active in the Episcopal Church both as a civilian priest and an Air Force Chaplain.  He 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. 

  February 2020  
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