The Most Revd. Nicholas Dikeriehi Orogodo Okoh, Primate of All Nigeria, Chairman of GAFCON since 2016
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
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 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’d Daniel Deng Bul, Archbishop of Sudan
Archbishop Daniel was born in 1950. He was ordained deacon in 1977, priest in 1978, and served as a bishop from 1988 until his election as archbishop in February 2008.
He has long been recognized for his commitment to peacemaking and building up the Church in Sudan. In his time as Bishop of Renk, a volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan, the diocese experienced incredible growth. Prior to his election, his responsibilities also included being the caretaker Bishop of the Diocese of Malakal from 2000 to 2003, caretaker Bishop of the Diocese of Yei from 2007 to 2008, Chairman Justice and Peace Committee of Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS).
He was appointed in 2012 by the President of the Republic of South Sudan as the Chairperson of the Presidential Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance to spearhead the peace process among conflict-torn communities in Jonglei State in South Sudan. Later, he was appointed again in 2013 by a presidential decree to head the National Committee for Peace, Reconciliation and Healing.
He is married and blessed with six children.
The Most Rev. Greg Venables, Archbishop of Chile and Presiding Bishop of the Province of South America
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 Rev’d Onesphore Rwaje, Archbishop of Rwanda
Archbishop Rwaje was born in 1953 in the Sector of Kinyababa, District of Burera, in the Northern Province of Rwanda. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and Development Studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a Doctoral Degree in Theology in the area of Leadership (D.Min) from Fuller Theological Seminary in the USA.
He was consecrated as a deacon on July 28, 1985 and as a priest on July 27, 1986. In 1989, he was appointed Residential Canon of St Stephen’s Cathedral. In August 1991 he was elected the first Bishop of the Diocese of Byumba. He was installed in January 2011 as the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Rwanda and first Bishop of the newly created Gasabo Diocese. He has also served as Dean of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda from 1995.
He is married to Josephine, and they are blessed with five children.
The Most Rev’d Jacob Erasto Chimeledya, Primate of Tanzania
Archbishop Chimeledya was born in Zoisa, Kongwa, in Central Tanzania in 1957. He studied Health Administration at the Mzumbe Institute of Development Management in 1992 and, from 1993 to 1996, Theology at St Paul’s Theological College in Limuru, Kenya. He was ordained deacon in 1996 and priest in 1997. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in the USA.
Archbishop Chimeledya served as a parish priest in several parishes in the Diocese of Mpwapwa and then as the Principal of St Philip’s Theological College in his home district of Kongwa, from 2003 to 2005. He was consecrated Co-Adjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Mpwapwa in 2005 and diocesan bishop in 2007. He attended the inaugural GAFCON gathering in Jerusalem in 2008.
In 2013 Jacob Chimeledya was elected to be Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. He was enthroned on 19th May 2013 during a service at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Dodoma.
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.