Church of England appoints first black bishop in 20 years

By Christian Smith

The Church of England has appointed its first black bishop for 20 years in a move that significantly increases its handful of minority ethnic clergy in senior leadership positions.

Nigeria-born Woyin Karowei Dorgu is to be the 13th bishop of Woolwich.

Dr Dorgu, 58 succeeds the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave who is now the 99th Bishop of Lichfield.

He will be consecrated in Southwark and will be consecrated in March.

An announcement was made via https://www.gov.uk/government/news/suffragan-bishop-of-woolwich-dr-dorgu about the approval of his nomination by the Queen.

Background
Reverend Prebendary Dr Dorgu was a GP. He studied at the London Bible College for his BA, and studied for his ordination at Oak Hill Theological College from 1993 to 1995 and also holds an MA in missiology.

He was Curate at St Mark’s Tollington in London Diocese from 1995 to 1998, before moving to be Curate at Upper Holloway in the same diocese until 2000.

From 2000 to 2012 he was Team Vicar at Upper Holloway before becoming Vicar in 2012 and from 2016 he has been Prebendary at St Paul’s Cathedral.
He is married to Mosun, a doctor. She is a consultant child psychiatrist who works for the NHS and they have 2 grown-up children.
His interests include reading, cycling, travelling, cooking for guests and he is a keen Arsenal FC supporter.

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