Melanesian diocese elects new bishop

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The Diocese of Temotu Electoral Board has elected the Reverend Willie Tungale as the sixth bishop for the Diocese of Temotu. Reverend Willie Tungale, 54, succeeds the Most Reverend Leonard Dawea who was enthroned and installed as the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia in September this year.

Reverend Tungale is currently serving as Chaplain and New Testament Teacher at Mona Community High School in Santa Cruz, Temotu Province; a post he has held since 2012. He was also the Principal and deputy Principal at the said school in 2010 and 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand from 2002 – 2004 and Diploma in Theology from Bishop Patteson Theological College from 1995 – 1998. He also holds a Diploma in Education and Leadership from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Honiara through DFL mood of study. Revd Tungale comes from Napir Village, Graciousa Bay, Santa Cruz, Temotu Province. He is married to Ruth Tungale and they have five children.

The Consecration and installation service for Revd Willie Tungale into the office of the Bishop will take place on 16th February next year in Lata.

The Archbishop calls on all members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia to uphold Revd Tungale and his family in prayer as they prepare to take on this important responsibility in the church.