Guarding and proclaiming the unchanging truth in a changing world

Structure

GAFCON is led by a Council of Primates, set up in 2008 by the first Global Anglican Future Conference at its meeting in Jerusalem.  It is now supported by the GAFCON Guarantors who ensure continuity of vision, strategy and resources and the GAFCON Trustees who monitor legal and operational compliance.

The Primates Council is served by a Secretariat led by the General Secretary, Archbishop Peter Jensen and includes the Operations Manager, Membership Development Secretary, the Communications Manager and the Director of the GAFCON Bishops Training Institute.  Global co-ordination is achieved through Liaison Officers in GAFCON affiliated Provinces and elsewhere through a growing network of regional branches.

Primates Council

The Most Revd. Nicholas Dikeriehi Orogodo Okoh, Primate of All Nigeria, Chairman of GAFCON since 2016

Chairman

The Most Revd. Nicholas Dikeriehi Orogodo Okoh was born on 10th November, 1952 at Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State.

He attended St. Michael’s (Anglican) School, Owa-Alero from 1958-1964 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate.  He had a four-year stint in business, working with one of his uncles.  He later established his own business, but then joined the Nigerian Army in 1969.  Nicholas found active service a terrible experience; it was the uncertainty of life at the war front which caused the young man to surrender to God.  In 1970, at the end of hostilities, under the bad influence of fellow soldiers, he backslid, until early 1971, when under a circumstantial experience he broke down completely and offered himself to the Lord.

Within three months, he read the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  His life was transformed.  Thereafter, he became a freelance evangelist, gathering and leading many young people in his group.  He continued his education up to A Level, and was confirmed in 1975 by Bishop Idowu at St. Stephen’s Cathedral Ondo. He was admitted to Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan, where he obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies, and Diploma in Theology.

After his Ordination in July, 1979 he was appointed 3 Armoured Division Garrison Chaplain, Jos.  He continued his theological studies at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his M.A. Degree in 1985.  In his work as Army Chaplain, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, a position he held before the House of Bishops elected him Bishop of Asaba in March, 2001.

With his election, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh became the second Bishop of the Diocese of Asaba.  He was elected Archbishop, Bendel Ecclesiastical Province by the Episcopal Synod on 22nd July, 2005 and Elected Primate of All Nigeria in September, 2009

He married Miss Nkasiobi Amaechi in 1986.  The marriage is blessed with 5 children.

The Most Rev’d Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda

Deputy Chairman

Born in Ndorwa County in Kabale District in 1955, Stanley moved with his family to Wambabya Parish in Kizirifumbi Sub-county in Hoima District when he was 16 years old.  On Christmas Eve 1974, at the age of 19, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour and was born again.

He began working as a teacher in Wambabya Primary School, and later spent two years as a missionary in Karamoja Diocese.  He did his theological training at Bishop Tucker Theological College, St. Paul’s Theological College, Limuru, Kenya, and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the UK.  After serving as a missionary in Karamoja Diocese, he served the remainder of his priestly ministry in various capacities in Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese until 2002, when he was appointed Provincial Secretary.  He was consecrated Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese on 19th December 2004, where he served for eight years.  He was elected as the 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda in June, 2012 and also serves as bishop of the Diocese of Kampala.

Archbishop Ntagali is married to Beatrice and they have five children.

The Most Rev’d Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop, Anglican Church of North America

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University.  He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church.  His passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible living Jesus.

Archbishop Beach was the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia from its founding in 2004.  In 2010 he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South.  After election by the ACNA College of Bishops, he also began serving as Archbishop of the Province in 2014.

He is a regular radio broadcaster and shares years of Biblical and theological study in addition to more than 35 years of ministry experience as he shepherds the Anglican Diocese of the South.  Reaching out through the church, the radio, the internet, and newspaper columns in clear and concise ways, he brings out the principles of the Word of God so that listeners may apply them in their lives.

Married for more than 30 years, he and his wife, Allison, have two grown children.

The Most Rev’d Zacharie Masimango Katanda, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Congo

Before being elected in 1996 as the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Kindu, Masimango Katanda had been a missionary priest as well as being the founding headteacher of a successful Anglican High School in Goma.

As Bishop of Kindu, he was at the forefront of peace and reconciliation work during the 1998-2003 Civil War and has set up micro-finance and HIV/Aids programmes for his diocese.

He was consecrated as the 4th Primate and Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo in 12 September 2016 and continues as Bishop of Kindu.

The Most Rev. Greg Venables, Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America & Bishop of Argentina

Born in Britain, Archbishop Venables went out to Paraguay in 1978 with the South American Mission Society (SAMS), serving as headmaster of St Andrew's College, Asuncion from 1978 until 1989. He and his family then travelled back to England where he served as Curate in the Parish of Rainham with Wennington in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

He returned to South America in 1993 and was consecrated Assistant Bishop of Peru and Bolivia in November of that year. When the Diocese of Bolivia was created in 1995, he was elected its first bishop. He was then elected bishop-coadjutor of Argentina in 2000, taking office as diocesan in 2002. In 2001 he was elected presiding bishop of the province serving until 2009. In 2005 he assumed oversight of the Diocese of Northern Argentina and in September 2005 extended his archiepiscopal oversight to the Diocese of Recife after it withdrew from the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil.

In 2016, following Archbishop Héctor (Tito) Zavala Muñoz reaching his two three year term limit, Archbishop Venables was elected to become Archbishop of the Province of South America.

He is married to Sylvia and they are blessed with three adult children and seven grandchildren.

The Most Revd. Dr. Laurent Mbanda, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda

Archbishop Laurent Mbanda was born in 1954.

While he was born in Rwanda, he spent a large part of his childhood in Burundi as a refugee. He graduated at the Kenya Highlands Bible College, in Kericho, Kenya, before returning to Burundi, where he was ordained an Anglican priest. He moved to the United States in 1984, where he completed an M.A. in Missiology at the Fuller Seminary's School of World Missions, in Pasadena, USA, an M.A. in Christian Education at Denver Seminary, USA and a PhD at Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois, USA.

He was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Shyiria in March 2010. He was then elected the fourth Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda on 17 January 2018. His enthronement took place on 10 June 2018. He is a longtime supporter of GAFCON.

He is the author of the book 'Committed to Conflict: The Destruction of the Church in Rwanda' (1997), co-written with Steve Wamberg, about the Rwandan Genocide. He has also wrriten an autobiography 'From Barefoot to Bishop' (2017).

The Most Revd. Miguel Uchôa Calvacanti , Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Brazil

Miguel Uchoa is the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in Brazil, Bishop of the Diocese of Recife, and is founder and rector of Holy Spirit Church, Great Recife, a thriving congregation and the largest Anglican Church in Latin America. 

He has a post-graduate degree in Theology, and is passionate about the expansion of the Church among the next generation. He is married to Valeria, and they have two sons, Gabriel and Matheus. His hobbies include surfing!

The Most Revd. Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Myanmar

Stephen Than Myint Oo was born in 1958. He has been the Primate and Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon since 2008.

He studied at the Trinity Theological College in Singapore before returning to Myanmar. He was first a parish priest, then becoming lecturer and then Dean of the Holy Cross Theological College, Yangon in 1993.

He was elected bishop of the Diocese of Hpa-An in 2005. He was in office until his election as the 6th Archbishop of Myanmar, at the general synod held at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Yangon on 15 January 2008. His enthronement took place on 17 February 2008 when he was also enthroned the 13th Bishop of Yangon.

He is also the global trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund.

Primate awaiting election

The Most Revd. Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan

Archbishop Justin Badi Arama was born in 1964 in Maridi, South Sudan.

He was confirmed in the Anglican faith when was 16 years old and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1995. He served as Cathedral Dean, Archdeacon and Diocesan Secretary before being elected the second bishop of the Diocese of Maridi in 2001. He was elected Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan on 20 January 2018. His enthronement took place on 22 April 2018. 

He married his wife, Modi Joyice in 1984 and they have four children, two boys and two girls.

Primate Advisors

The Most Rev’d Jackson Ole Sapit, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya

Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit was born in 1964.  He was converted as a young man while working as a translator for a CMS missionary and was ordained deacon in 1991 and priest in 1992.

After theological study to degree level in Kenya he attended Reading University in England and has an MA in Social Development and Sustainability.  Following his return to Kenya, he was Diocesan Mission and Development Coordinator for the Diocese of Nakuru and then in 2005 he was consecrated as Suffragan Bishop in Kericho Diocese in Western Kenya, becoming the Diocesan Bishop in 2008.

As a bishop, he was particularly concerned for youth outreach while his development interests led to him becoming Chairman of the Anglican Church of Kenyan’s development arm, Anglican Development Services in 2012.  He was consecrated as the sixth Archbishop of Kenya on Sunday 3rd July 2016.

The Most Revd. James Wong Yin Song, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean, and 4th Bishop of The Seychelles

Archbishop James Wong Yin Song was born in 1960.

He was previously the Archdeacon of Mauritius and the Rector of St Thomas' Beau Bassin. Wong was granted Seychelles citizenship on 11 May 2017. He was elected Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean on 26 August 2017, assuming office the following day.

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