The GAFCON Primates
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, Deputy Chairman of GAFCON since 2016
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. Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of Kenya, former Chairman of GAFCON (2010-2016)
Archbishop Eliud was born in Bungoma, Western Kenya, in 1951. He is Bishop of the Diocese of All Saints Cathedral and the fifth Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya. The Archbishop has five children from his marriage to Mama Karen, who died in 2010. He married his second wife, Mama Rhoda in May 2012.
He was raised in an Anglican family and after he completed his High School studies in 1969. Initially he worked as an untrained teacher at Butonge Secondary School to help educate his two sisters and five brothers. He then worked as a clerical officer in the Nakuru Provincial Commissioners office, but concluded that this was not his vocation, so he returned to teaching. He entered Kaimosi Teachers College to become a qualified teacher, finishing his studies in 1974, and then worked at Naifarm Primary School, in Kitale, before moving to Bungoma. There he was promoted to Inspector of Schools.
In 1985, he left teaching to study Theology at St. Paul’s Theological College, in Limuru, finishing his studies in 1988. In 1990, he received a scholarship to study at Wycliffe College, Toronto, Canada where he earned a D.Phil in 1994. Returning to Kenya, he was a lecturer at St. Paul’s Theological College, in Limuru, where he became academic dean.
He was elected the first Bishop of Bungoma in 13 October 1996, and was then elected Archbishop of Kenya on 24 April 2009, succeeding outgoing Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi. He was enthroned at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, on 5 July 2009.
From 2000 to 2004 he was national vice-chairman of the National Council of Churches of Kenya, and national chairman from 2004 to 2009. He played a leading role in national reconciliation following the post election violence of 2007/8.
Archbishop Wabukala is the serving Chairman of the Kenyan National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) having been appointed by the President of the Republic of Kenya. He previously served as an NACCSC Committee Member for five years.
Under his leadership, All Saints Cathedral hosted the second Global Anglican Futures conference in October 2013, which featured a significant international gathering of Anglicans and produced the Nairobi Communique, setting the future direction for orthodox Anglicanism. His monthly Pastoral Letters are read by thousands all over the world.
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 Henri Kahwa Isingoma, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Congo
Archbishop Henri Isingoma was born in 1958. He studied at the Boga Institute and at the Nyankunde Institute, where he graduated in 1977. He took a degree in Theology and Human Sciences at the Superior Institute of Anglican Theology in 1984. He also holds a master’s degree in Theology from the Evangelical Theology Faculty of Bangui, Central African Republic, in 1997.
He served first as Bishop of Katanga, from 1997 to 2007, being elected Bishop of Boga in 2007, a position that he held until 2009. He was elected third Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Congo in April 2009. He also serves as Bishop of Kinshasa. He was reelected for another five years in August 2014.
He is married to Mugisha and has six adult children.
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. Héctor (Tito) Zavala Muñoz, Bishop of Chile and Presiding Bishop of the Province of South America
Bishop Zavala received a D.Min from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Pittsburgh USA and has served as a bishop since 2000.
He was raised in a nominal Roman Catholic family, was baptized as an infant, took First Communion and attended a Roman Catholic school. The first time that he heard that Jesus died for him on the cross was at the age of 17 when he was invited by a high school friend to attend an Anglican church. He heard the gospel very clearly and for the first time had a Bible put in his hands to read for himself. He was later confirmed by an Anglican bishop.
He was elected as Presiding Bishop (Primate) of the Anglican Province of South America in November 2010. He is the Province’s first Latin American primate, as well as Chile’s first Primate of Spanish heritage.
He is married to Miriam and they are blessed with three adult children.
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 US.
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.