Embry Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church to honor pastor

Oct 11 2013 - 3:21pm


The Rev. Charles Wright
The Rev. Charles Wright

OGDEN -- The public is invited to join with the Embry Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church congregation in honoring their pastor, the Rev. Charles Timothy Wright, for his six years of service there.

The service is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the church, 264 30th St. in Ogden.

"Honoring our pastor with overwhelming love for his labor in the Word" is the theme for the event.

The service will reference 1 Timothy 5:17.

"The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching," reads the New International Version of the Scripture.

"Charles loves the Lord, and his pride and joy is sharing the Word of God and touching lives through his ministry," states a news release from the church. "Though Charles has received and been recognized for numerous achievements, accomplishments and services in employment, the community as well as the church, he credits and gives all of the glory to God."

The guest speaker for the service will be the Rev. France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, where Wright served as associate minister for 15 years.

Wright's biography tells of his birth in Los Angeles, Calif., in the 1960s. He is the fourth of six siblings, all of whom now are ministers of the gospel.

His father, the Rev. Eugene Wright, is a retired pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and his mother, Ollye Martin Wright, is a retired organist in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

He attended Lovely Hope Missionary Baptist Church, where he accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized at the age of 12.

Wright was educated for 11 years in the California public school system and then graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas. Wright received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Management degree from the University of Phoenix.

The pastor answered his call into the ministry in November 1978 at St. Luke AME Church in Lawrence, where he preached his trial sermon and received his license.

He was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1985. He was a pastor of Hubbard Chapel AME Church in LaJunta, Colo., for five years before relocating to Salt Lake City in 1994.

He has been married for 25 years to his wife, Peggy Angel Jackson Wright. They are the proud god parents to 11 children, ranging in age from 5 to 36.

Wright was appointed in August 2007 as pastor at Embry Chapel AME Church, where he now serves.

Outside of his church service, Wright has been employed for 33 years with Pizza Hut Restaurants, where he is an operational specialist covering seven Western states.

Contact reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228 or jfrancis@standard.net, or follow her on Twitter at @jfrancis.

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