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Bishop of New Caledonia elected

James Tama to be consecrated on 12 Aug 2018

The electoral board for the Church of the Province of Melanesia has elected the Rev. James Tama as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia in succession to the late James Ligo, who passed away unexpectedly in December. Meeting on 11 April 2018 at the Vanuatu Christian Centre, Port Vila, Vanuatu, the board elected Fr. Tama who presentently serves as the province’s Assistant Mission Secretary.

A native of Vanuatu, Bishop-elect Tama was educated at the Pacific Theological College in Fiji and since ordination in the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia has served as Deputy Principal of the Bishop Patteson Theological College, and as Principal of the Fisher Young School of Theology and Ministry based in the Diocese of Banks and Torres.

Bishop-elect Tama and his wife Diana have six children. His consecration is set for 12 Aug 2018.


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