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 the bishop of the Denver Area from 2000 to 2008 and as the bishop for the San Francisco Area from 2008 to 2016. Since retiring from full-time service in 2016, he has established a coaching practice offering leadership and team coaching. He has also given leadership, as Interim Lead Pastor, for transitions at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco and Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.