Bishop Warner Brown is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Sociology in 1969 and from Wesley Seminary in 1974. As a pastor, the Bishop has served local churches, and administrative roles, in both the Western Pennsylvania and California-Nevada Annual Conferences. Bishop Brown was elected and consecrated a bishop in July 2000. He served as bishop of the Denver Area from 2000 to 2008 and as bishop for the California-Nevada Annual Conference from 2008 to 2016. He then served for a year as Interim Lead Pastor for Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco before retiring.