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. Pastor Vern received his call to ministry at an early age and he received his early training in ministry at Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC which is his home church.


Pastor Vern’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 Pastor Vern 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 served as the Senior Pastor of Ezion-Mount Carmel UMC for seven years.


Pastor Vern has been the Pastor of Hockessin United Methodist Church since 2017. He considers it an honor to serve the people and community of Hockessin.

In addition to the pastoral ministry, Pastor Vern also serves as a mentor to several candidates who are going through the ministry process in the United Methodist Church. He teaches the Candidacy Class for new candidates entering ministry.  He served as the Chair of The Wilmington District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and is the former Chair of The Order of Elders. He also served two years as the Chair of The Methodist Action Program.


Pastor Vern 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, Pastor Vern holds a D.Min in Pastoral Ministry, a Masters of Divinity, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Pastoral Ministry