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A new priest for St Luke, Camberwell

1 week, 4 days ago

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, ordained the Revd Collins Durueke to the priesthood in a joyful service held at St Luke, Camberwell on Sunday 24 September. He will serve as a self supporting Priest at St Luke’s where he has recently been on placement. The Bishop of Woolwich, The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, preached at the service and he spoke about the implications of ordained ministry for those whom God has called. He began by noting that he could ‘represent all those from the family in Nigeria who had not been able to travel for the service.’ He said, ‘that the ministry of the priesthood is a calling that God gives us and it is one to which Collins has agreed’ and he urged Collins to prepare for this life of service and to delight in leading people in the praise of God and building them up in the faith’.

Speaking of Collins Durueke’s ordination Bishop Christopher said, ‘I am thankful that Collins’ journey of faith has led him to ordination to the priesthood to serve here in Peckham. I am sure that his ministry amongst the people of this parish will be fruitful and a blessing to people in this community’.

COLLINS DURUEKE (46) was born and brought up in Nigeria in a village community which had the Anglican Church at its heart. He remembers considering the possibility of the priesthood at the age of 10 or 11. He was Educated at an Anglican seminary school from the age of 11 and remembers this as a period when he learned much about the importance of God in people’s lives and the role of the minister. Upon leaving school he trained as an accountant and continued his spiritual journey learning about other church traditions. Collins settled in the UK in the early 2000s and was ordained as a Pentecostal minister for the Breath of God Ministries in 2009. In 2011 he returned to the Anglican Church and worshipped firstly at St Christopher, Walworth and then at the Nigerian Chaplaincy based at All Saints, New Cross.  

In 2012 Collins was ordained Deacon by the Anglican Bishop of Ohaji, Nigeria. Since then Collins has undertaken a process of formation and placements during which he has undertaken priestly formation in the context of the Church of England.