The Episcopal Church has elected its first African-American presiding bishop.

North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry was elected as the denomination's leader Saturday during the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City.

The New York-based Episcopal Church is a liberal Protestant denomination with nearly 1.9 million members. It is known as the faith home of many of the Founding Fathers and U.S. presidents and is the U.S. body of the global Anglican Communion.

The 62-year-old Curry will succeed Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is stepping down Nov. 1 at the end of her nine-year term.

Curry has been bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina for 15 years. He is a Chicago native and graduate of Hobart College and Yale Divinity School. He and his wife have two children.