St. Martin’s will warmly welcome the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, in December, and we will offer a plethora of opportunities for you to spend time with him as he preaches, teaches and carries his message to our Parish and beyond. Presiding Bishop Curry is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. He was installed
as the 17th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on Nov. 1, 2015. He was elected to a nine-year term and was confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 27, 2015.
The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes, Presiding Bishop Curry was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 13, 1953. Presiding Bishop Curry’s father was an Episcopal priest and his mother was a devout Episcopalian. She died at a young age and Presiding Bishop Curry, along with his sister, were raised by their father and grandmother.
Presiding Bishop Curry was graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.
In 2018, his sermon for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew world-wide attention as he urged Christians to put love at the center of their spiritual and political lives–including the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.
He has written five books: “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times” (2020); “The Power of Love” (2018); “Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings in a Changing World” (2017); “Songs My Grandma Sang” (2015); and “Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus” (2013).