REV. MAURICE WRIGHT II
REV. MAURICE WRIGHT II
On September 13, 2016, The Reverend Maurice Wright II was appointed by the Right Reverend Harry L. Seawright to serve as the Senior Pastor of the Historic St. John AME Church, Huntsville, Alabama.
He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Tacoma Washington and Portland Oregon. Reverend Wright dedicated his life to Christ at a very young age and was called into ministry at the age of 10. He preached his very first sermon, “You Got What You Wanted, But Lost What You Had” at the age of 13 at the Powerhouse Temple Church of God in Christ.
His thirst for knowledge would lead him to study at Portland Bible College and Wilberforce University in Ohio. He is a proud graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia earning a degree in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. While at Morehouse, Reverend Wright was a key member of the World-Renowned Morehouse College Glee Club and was part of the group that toured South Africa. He was also a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel Assistants and the director of the Chapel Choir. While in Atlanta, Georgia he served on the ministerial staff and Music staff at Big Bethel AME Church. Reverend Wright was recently admitted to the Master’s program in Interfaith Action at the Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, California.
In 2012 Reverend Maurice Wright II received King Chapel’s highest recognition and was inducted into The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity.
Rev. Wright received his first pastoral appointment while still a student at Wilberforce University. In 2008, Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry assigned him to the pastoral charge of Bethel AME Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. While at Bethel, Pastor Wright led the congregation in a 2.5-million-dollar renovation project of the church's low income housing complex. Over one hundred units were renovated, and today the property continues to serve families and remains a vital part of the Alexandria community.
In November of 2012, Bishop James L. Davis appointed Rev. Wright to St. John AME Church in Ft. Mitchell, Alabama. Within five weeks of being assigned, Rev. Wright led the congregation into the new edifice. Through his visionary leadership, the church also remodeled the old sanctuary into a multipurpose fellowship hall and children’s church center. Through his leadership, the church was known for being a first responder to many community tragedies and other social concerns and serves as prayer center for all people. He has also served St. John AME Church in Uhrichsville, Ohio and the Historic St. Paul AME Church in Zanesville, Ohio.
In addition to his pastorate, Reverend Wright currently serves as the Associate Director of Music and Christian Arts of the African Methodist Episcopal Church worldwide. He is also the co-director of Evangelism for the state of Alabama. Rev. Wright is a sought after preacher and choir clinician.
Reverend Wright is a community activist, social justice agent and truly a family man. He is blessed to have the Reverend Joretha Wright as his partner in marriage and ministry for more than 20 years. They are also the proud parents of four children Terrence, Lessie, Isaiah and Joy.