Rev. Dr. Vernon Bryant

Lead Pastor


Pastor Vernon M. Bryant is a native son of the city of Wilmington and Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Rev. Bryant received his call to ministry at an early age and he received his early training in ministry in  at Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC. 


Rev. Bryant’s first appointment was Centennial United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Delaware where he served for two years. Rev. Bryant’s next appointment was Buttonwood United Methodist Church in New Castle, Delaware where he served for 10 years.


In 2004 Rev. Bryant made history as the first black pastor appointed to St. Georges United Methodist Church in St. Georges, Delaware. It was his and the church’s first Cross-Racial appointment. He served there for 9 years. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC since 2012.


In addition to the pastoral ministry, Rev. Bryant also serves as a mentor to several candidates who are going through the ministry process in the United Methodist Church. He served as the Chair of The Wilmington District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and former Chair of The Order of Elders. He currently serves as the Chair of The Methodist Action Program.


Rev. Bryant credits his success in ministry to God and his wife Ann who is his best friend. He states,


“She is always there serving and working with me on this journey….from hospital visits, to funerals and weddings, she is always there and I’ve never heard her complain once. She has taught me the real meaning of what it means to be a servant leader.”  


A graduate of Trinity College and Lancaster Theological Seminary, Rev. Bryant holds a D.Min in Pastoral Ministry, a Masters of Divinity, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.