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New Canon to the Ordinary joining Bishop's staff July 1

The Rev. Dr. Andrew R. Wright

On July 1 the Rev. Dr. Andrew R. Wright will join the Bishop's staff as Canon to the Ordinary. He will succeed the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, who concludes his tenure on June 30.

Andrew’s duties will include serving as Chief of Staff; staff liaison to Diocesan Council, Trustees, and Standing Committee; clergy licensing, wellness, formation and continuing education; training and oversight of church consultants; and Title IV clergy misconduct matters.

Andrew has served a variety of congregations and dioceses since his ordination in 1995. Since 2013, he has been at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, serving alongside Bishop Carlye Hughes until her departure in 2018. For his first five years at Trinity, Andrew ministered primarily to children, youth, families, and young adults as the Associate Rector. In 2018, he was asked to step into the role of Interim Rector, following Bishop Hughes’ election.

In the Diocese of Fort Worth, Andrew was elected Secretary of the Diocese and appointed Chair of the Constitution and Canons Committee, serving in those roles for the last four years. He also served on the Commission on Ministry, as the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, and on the Board of Examining Chaplains.

Prior to his time in Fort Worth, Andrew was Rector of a parish in the nearby Diocese of Dallas. Most of his ministry, however, has been away from his native state of Texas, serving as Rector, Priest-in-Charge, or Assistant at congregations in Maryland, New York, Nebraska, and Tennessee. He even spent a brief period as a supply priest in the Diocese of Newark.

As a student at the General Theological Seminary, Andrew earned the Doctor of Theology and Master of Sacred Theology degrees, both focused on Liturgical Theology. He is also a graduate of the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee) and Texas Christian University (across the street from Trinity, Fort Worth).

In addition to parish ministry, Andrew has taught courses as an adjunct at Caspersen School of Theology at Drew University, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and the Stanton School for Ministry in the Diocese of Dallas. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Society of Scholar Priests, and the American Academy of Religion.

A native of Borger, TX, Andrew grew up in the Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of Northwest Texas, formed especially by church camp and diocesan youth ministry. He has three adult children, Aidan, Naomi, and Macrina, who live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has enjoyed supporting and performing in community theatre in various cities and directed a summer youth outreach theatre company for four years with his family in Texas. He loves storytelling, music and art, both science and science fiction, D&D and other role-playing games, and, in the spirit of via media, enjoys both Star Trek and Star Wars, both DC and Marvel... but leans a bit more towards Star Trek and DC. He has a cat named Mjölnir.

“What I love about ministry is helping people make connections with God and each other, particularly through experiences of worship and formation,” said Andrew. “I’m excited to discover ways to support clergy and congregations in their own ministries of connection and relationship. I’m deeply honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve with Bishop Hughes in this new context. It is an unexpected gift to be able to continue in ministry under her leadership and vision. I look forward to renewing connections with folks in the diocese and meeting many new friends and colleagues.”

“I have been blessed to serve with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Wright in Fort Worth and am very excited that he will join our staff,” said Bishop Hughes. “Andrew brings a deep knowledge and experience of the church, its people, and governance. His gifts for ministry, insight, and wisdom about the needs of a rapidly changing church will be a great blessing to all of us.”