Sharon Brown Christopher

Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher


United States

North Central Jurisdiction


Bishop Sharon A. Brown Christopher is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church in which she served from 1988-2008. 

In 2002, she became the first female President of the Council of Bishops to serve a one-year term.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, she is a graduate of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, Dallas.

She was ordained an elder in the Wisconsin Conference in 1972, and served as Director of Christian Education, then associate pastor, at First United Methodist Church, Appleton; she served at Butler and Germantown: Calvary United Methodist Churches; and Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Milwaukee, before spending five-and-one-half years as District Superintendent of the Eastern District. She became the assistant to Bishop David Lawson in January, 1986.

In July 1988, was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Her first assignment in that role began in September 1988 as Resident Bishop of the Minnesota Area. In 1996, she was assigned to the Illinois Area.

She is married to the Reverend Charles E. Logsdon Christopher. In their family they have two children, Jeffrey Charles and his spouse Julie, and their daughter Eleanor, and Amy Logsdon Warner, her spouse, Richard, and their son, Max.