The Diocese of Central Florida celebrated the consecration of the Rev. Gregory O. Brewer as the fourth bishop of Central Florida, March 24, 2012.
Bishop Brewer was elected at a special diocesan convention Nov. 19, 2011.
Before being called to Central Florida, Bishop Brewer served as rector at Calvary-St. George’s Church, a 500-member, multi- cultural and multiracial, “program-size” parish with landmarked historic buildings in downtown Manhattan.
Before serving there, Bishop Brewer was rector of Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, Pa., which had 1,800 members. Good Samaritan is a 150-year-old corporate-size church in an affluent suburban area known as the “Main Line.” Because of its commitment to Biblical orthodoxy and discipleship the congregation was drawn from a large geographic area.
“I’m just very excited to return to Central Florida and will pray for God’s blessings on our work together there,” he said after the election.
Bishop Brewer is married to the former Laura Lee Williams of Orlando. Children are Charles, James, Todd, Lee and Mark.
He received his BA from Lynchburg College, where he received the Hugh M. Burleigh Award for Outstanding Ministerial Student, 1973. He received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1976. He also is close to completing his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry.
He was ordained a deacon at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg VA, with Bishop Henry Marmion presiding. He was ordained priest at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Winter Park, with Bishop William Folwell presiding.
He has published articles in The Anglican Digest, with articles appearing regularly from 1985-2007. Other publications include Bible Reading Fellowship: Journey Through the Word Series. The Coming of the Lord, Second Corinthians, the Pastoral Epistles. First Thessalonians.
Bishop Brewer is an Eagle Scout who also says he loves the beach, sailing, hospitality, friendship, cooking and having people over for dinner.
He enjoys theater, British mystery shows, reading, classical and jazz music, contemporary Christian worship, travel, current events. He considers himself endlessly curious, learning about other cultures, and committed to being a lifelong learner.
The Diocese of Central Florida has 31,000 baptized members at 88 parishes and missions in 15 counties.