For People with Bishop Rob Wright
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Bishop Wright, the voice
Bishop Rob Wright is the 10th bishop and first African American bishop in The Diocese of Atlanta. He was born in a Catholic orphanage. He is a veteran. He is a father of five and married to Beth-Sarah.
Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as helicopter crew-chief and search and rescue diver before attending Howard University in Washington DC. Wright graduated with a degree in history and political science and began working for the Children’s Defense Fund and later for two mayors of Washington DC as a child advocate.
He holds a master of divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and was ordained a deacon in June of 1998 at the Washington National Cathedral and priest in February of 1999 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He holds certificates from Ridley Hall Cambridge University, Oxford University and The Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from Virginia Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South and the General Theological Seminary. At the time of his election as bishop he was rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he had served 10 years.
Melissa Rau, the host
Melissa Rau is serving or has served in a number of different roles within churches and faith based organizations such as the Episcopal Church, Bexley Seabury Seminary, Episcopal Church Foundation, and Ministry Architects. One of these days, she’ll earn an M.Div. and will answer the call to ordained ministry or continue being a bold and provocative lay leader by asking hard questions, challenging assumptions, and pushing the bounds of the status quo. She’s passionate about building greater capacity for leadership, evangelism, and faith formation in and beyond the church. Something she strives to do is listen deeply and help all those she meets to recognize and celebrate their belovedness.
Melissa is married to Mike, an Episcopal priest and rector of St. Marks in Venice, Florida. They have two daughters and a son who are or are soon-to-be able to vote. Francis Eugene and (the real) Philly Joel are her adorable and spoiled Australian Labradoodles.
Easton Davis, the producer
Easton Davis serves as the Canon for Communications and Digital Evangelism in The Diocese of Atlanta. Previously he served in youth ministry where he learned the importance of leadership and working on tough problems.
Easton feels called to share the stories of the diversity and beauty of God’s Kingdom, Currently, he feels more called to elevating voices that have been marginalized. He also serves as the producer for Imagine Church.
Easton is married to Kimberli. They have two children, Camille (7) and Indy (5)