Most Rev. Michael Curry
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978 at St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen's, Winston-Salem, NC. After leading congregations in North Carolina, Ohio and Maryland, he was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, and in 2015 was elected Presiding Bishop and Primate.
Presiding Bishop Curry received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School. He has furthered his education with continued study at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies. He has received honorary degrees from Episcopal Divinity School; Sewanee: The University of the South; Virginia Theological Seminary; and Yale. Presiding Bishop Curry maintains a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at churches, cathedrals, and conferences around the country and internationally. He has authored three books: 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). He was one of the subjects of In Conversation: Michael Curry and Barbara Harris by Fredrica Harris Thompsett (2017).
The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes, Presiding Bishop Curry was born in Chicago, IL. His father was an Episcopal priest and his mother was a devout Episcopalian. He attended public schools in Buffalo, NY, and, even at a young age he learned about social activism through his father’s leadership and his own dedication to righting a broken world. He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.