The Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Hamilton Wright died in a one car accident in Portage County, Wisc. on June 26, 2014. Though he was wearing a seat belt, he suffered significant head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stephen was born in Flint, Mich., on July 14, 1957, to Sanford and Anna Wright. He grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Alpena where he was ordained to the ministry. He graduated from Alma College in 1979, from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1983, and received a PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2000.
Dr. Wright served in the Pioneer Parish in Northwestern Wisc., from 1983 to 1989, at the Old Hickory Presbyterian Church in Tenn. from 1989 to 1992, and the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba, Mich. from 1992 to 2002. He then became Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Wausau, Wisc., where he continued from 2002 to 2013. At the time of his death he was President of People First.
Stephen was a thinker and writer who believed in engaging with parishioners and public on matters of faith, politics and the community. To him, theology that doesn't intersect with life is empty. He was always aware of the big things that happened through political philosophies. He was most excited about preaching and the learning and exploration of theological ideas.
Stephen married Katherine Ann Hamilton in Alpena in 1979. She survives him, as do their three children, Dylan (Ashley), Aaron and Anna. Also surviving are his parents and sisters Donna Boman (Richard) and Kathyrn Applegate (Jay).
A memorial service will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Wausau on July 7, 2014. Suggested memorial gifts may be made to the Wausau church for Church World Service.