The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention in Bangor on February 9, 2019. One of five nominees, Rev. Brown, is currently serving as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. He was elected on the 3rd ballot, receiving a majority of clergy and lay delegate votes representing 60 year-round congregations and 20 summer chapels. The other nominees were Rev. Kenneth Brannon, Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton, Rev. Anne Mallonee and Rev. Janet Waggoner.
In making the announcement, The Rev. Maria Hoecker, Rector of St. Columba’s in Boothbay Harbor and President of the Diocesan Standing Committee said “We have been blessed by the Holy Spirit today with the election of Thomas Brown and the gifts he will bring as our next Bishop. We thank the Committees and all involved across the state for their prayerful, dedicated and faithful work, as well as the other nominees who were called to pursue this quest with us.”
In addressing the Electing Convention following announcement of the results, Bishop-elect Brown commented, “during the walkabouts it was so clear to me that the church in Maine is living the good news of Jesus Christ. I am humbled and overjoyed to accept the invitation to join the people of Maine as their bishop.”
The Bishop elect told the delegates, “I give God thanks and praise for this call, and the opportunity to continue building the church in Maine on Christ the solid rock. Bishop Lane and his family, along with the diocesan staff, and every congregation are in my prayers as they continue in the holy work of transition. To God be the glory.”
Bishop-elect Brown received his Master of Divinity from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In addition to his service at The Parish of the Epiphany, he has served as Rector of St. Michael Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT and as the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Bishop-elect Brown has held many leadership positions in The Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Pending consent of a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and the diocesan standing committees, Bishop-elect Brown will be ordained and consecrated on June 22nd at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry will officiate. Bishop-elect Brown will succeed the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who has served the Diocese since 2008 and will retire in June. The bishop-elect and his spouse, Rev. Thomas Mousin, will be moving to Maine later this Spring.
By Clicking on the video below you should be able to see and hear Bishop-Elect Brown speaking to the Electing Convention just moments after the results of the Third Ballot were made known. This is via Zoom and the sound of the bishop-elect is not very good but after 2:45 it clears up nicely.