VII Bishop to the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Wright was elected Bishop Suffragan at the Fall 2016 House of Bishops Meeting in Detroit Michigan and will be consecrated Bishop at the Washington National Cathedral on February 11, 2017 by The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. Wright has been active in the Episcopal Church both as a civilian priest and an Air Force Chaplain. Wright enlisted in the US Air Force in 1978. Following his initial enlistment Wright was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve. In 1993 Wright was commissioned as a Chaplain, US Air Force until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2011.
Canon to the Bishop
The Rev. Canon Leslie Nuñez Steffensen most recently served at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA, as the primary for the Latino congregation, La Gracia, for Mission and Outreach, and for Pastoral Care. She holds a Masters in Divinity from the Virginia Theological College (VTS) and was ordained in 2012. Canon Steffensen graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a degree in International Studies/Soviet Studies and served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy. She was a Volunteer for Mission for the Episcopal Church as Academic Dean at Msalato Theological College in Tanzania, East Africa. She worked as the Administrative Coordinator for the VTS Center for Anglican Communion Studies, the international wing of the seminary. She is the co-author of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Maggie is native to northern Minnesota, but after the age of ten she lived in the great Pacific Northwest. She received two degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, a Bachelors in Social Welfare, and a Masters in Social Work. She came to Washington DC after her husband was hired to work for the State Department (now retired and working part-time for their church). The first ten years of Maggie’s career was as a social worker, which she was able to do in a variety of different settings. She most enjoyed the work she did with adolescent girls. Career burnout then inspired Maggie to accept a job as Office Manager for the House of Representatives Committee on Public Works and Transportation, where she stayed for thirteen years. Maggie’s also worked as the Association Manager for the flavor, fragrance, and color industries; Office Manager for nine years at a large Episcopal Church; and as the administrator for the University of Washington Government Relations Office in DC. She’s worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Armed Services and Federal Ministries since September 2010. Maggie’s been married for 40 years. She also has an adult daughter who teaches kindergarten in Shanghai.