Elder Wright at the time enrolled in the Bible Institute in September of 1960 and graduated in 1962 with honors as Valedictorian of his class. He continued his education after graduating and receiving his Bachelor of Theology (Th.B). He further enrolled at Manhattan Bible Institute and received the Master of Theology (Th.M) in 1966, both degrees were awarded by the American Divinity College.
Bishop Wright received his call to the ministry in 1963 under the pastorship of Bishop William L. Bonner. Bishop Wright rose through the ranks of the ministry and become the Junior Pastor of the Adult Church in 1966 through 1967. He was ordained to the ministry at the International Convention in Brooklyn, New York at Refuge Church of Christ in 1967.
Bishop/Pastor Charles E. Wright Sr.
Bishop Wright became an instructor at the Church of Christ Bible Institute in 1964 and continues until this present time. Seeing the need for additional training, he entered secular college. He enrolled in Bronx Community College and later transferred to Herbert H. Lehman College where he was a history major. He graduated with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 (Cum Laude) and received the Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in 1974. Bishop Wright was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend Columbia University. He began his studies at Columbia University immediately after graduating from Lehman College. He studied for his master’s degree while working full-time as a New York City schoolteacher of English and Social Studies and received the Master of Arts degree (M.A) from Columbia University in 1975. Bishop Wright was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree (Th.D) in 1976 from Southern Bible Seminary.
1975 was a major turning point in Bishop Wright’s life. It was a the International Convention held in Topeka, Kansas that Pastor W. L. Bonner, Presiding Apostle of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ at that time, asked Bishop Wright to accept the positions of Assistant Pastor of Greater Refuge Temple and Dean of the Church of Christ Bible Institute. Bishop Wright had other plans for his life. After much prayer and conferring with his wife, they felt it was the will of God to accept the positions. He remarks that the past twenty-nine (29) years have been the most challenging and most rewarding years of his life.