Church of England appoints first Black bishop in over 20 years

The Church of England has appointed its first Black bishop. Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu has been named the 13th Bishop of Woolwich, and will be consecrated on 17th March at Southwark Cathedral.

 

The appointment of Dr Dorgu comes as the Church looks to significantly increase the number of Black and minority ethnic (BME) clergy in senior leadership positions. The appointment comes nearly 21 years after the consecration of Bishop John Sentamu, the Church of England’s first Black bishop.

In addition to Archbishop Sentamu and Dr Dorgu, there are only three archdeacons and a dean making up the most senior BME clergy in the Church of England.

Dr Dorgu, also known as Brother K, was born and raised in Nigeria and trained as a medical doctor before being ordained in the UK in 1995. He is married to Mosun, a doctor, and they have two grown-up children. He is a keen bongo player and Arsenal supporter.

Dr Dorgu described himself to the Guardian newspaper as an evangelical, but added: “I will fly no party colours … I will promote unity, respect, integrity and collaboration among different traditions … I will celebrate the diversity in race, ability, gender, sexuality and class … Celebrating our differences is a gift.”

 

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