Sunday, June 3rd 2012 turned out to be a momentous day for the leader of in Southwest Atlanta. This was not to be his last sermon to his growing congregation, but it was the first sermon since he was announced as the next Episcopal Church Bishop of Atlanta.
will be the Episcopal church's 10th bishop and the first ever African-American.
The St. Paul's congregation stood up and gave him a round of applause to both congratulate him and thank him for the 10 years of service that he gave to their church. Rev. Wright said, "only God, could have made this happen." He told his congregation that the work of St. Paul's "must carry on. Leaders come and go, you must turn the page and continue (carryong on the work of God)."
Though the room felt sad, because they knew that the new bishop would have to leave for the Cathedral, Wright reiterated that he was here until mid-October so it was too early to say final goodbyes.
Reverend Wright has been at St. Paul's for 10 years and in that time he is credited for raising the attendance numbers so much so, that St. Paul's church in SW Atlanta, has shown some of the highest growth (in number of members) among all U.S. Episcopal churches.