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Bishop of Woolwich Appointed

3 years, 1 month ago

Bishop of Woolwich designate

Downing Street has announced today that the Revd Prebendary Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu is to be the 13th Bishop of Woolwich.  He succeeds the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave who is now the 99th Bishop of Lichfield. He will be consecrated in Southwark Cathedral on St Patrick’s Day 17th March 2017.

Dr Dorgu was ordained Deacon in 1995 and Priest in 1996 and has served all his ministry in the Diocese of London. His curacy was at St Mark, Tollington Park and since 1998 he has been building the community of faith at St John, Upper Holloway.

Born and brought up in Nigeria, Dr Dorgu worked as a medical doctor before ordination. He has a deep concern for mission and regularly leads open-air evangelism in his parish and has seen his church grow remarkably. He is much involved in the life of the Church Primary School in the parish where he has been Chair of Governors and supports staff and pupils. He is married to Mosun who is a Consultant Child Psychiatrist.

His interests include personal fitness, reading and cooking for others. He enjoys travel and discovering new places and cultures. He plays tennis, cycles and visits the gym. He is a keen supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

Commenting on his appointment Dr Dorgu says, ‘Mosun and I are delighted that Southwark, under the visionary leadership of Bishop Christopher and the Area Bishops, is a dynamic Diocese of clergy and laity working hard for the Gospel of salvation for all through Jesus Christ.  We are greatly honoured to be invited to share and contribute to this dynamic ministry of bringing God's love to the people of Woolwich and the Diocese. I look forward to getting to know the clergy, people and churches of the Area in the coming months.’

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, comments, ‘I am delighted that Karowei Dorgu is joining the Episcopal team in Southwark Diocese as Bishop of Woolwich. He brings a wealth of experience of urban parish ministry and has a real passion for evangelism and reaching out to those who are not churched with the love of Christ. I look forward to working with him and to welcoming Karowei and Mosun to the Diocese.’

Short Biography of the Revd Prebendary Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu

Born Burutu, Nigeria, June 1958

1979 - 1985     :        College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria: MB.BS (Med & Surgery) 

1990 - 1991     :        London Bible College, Northwood, Middlesex:  Diploma in Evangelism

1990 - 1993     :        London Bible College, Northwood, Middlesex: BA (Hons) in Theology

1992 - 1993     :        London Bible College, Northwood, Middlesex:  Diploma in Pastoral Studies

1993 – 1995     :        Oak Hill Theological College, Southgate, London: Higher Diploma in


1995 - 2002     :        All Nations Christian College, Ware (P/T): MA in Christian Missiology

1995               :        Ordained Deacon

1996               :        Ordained Priest

1995 - 1998     :        Curate, St Mark’s Church, Tollington Park, London

1998 - 2000     :        Associate Vicar, St John the Evangelist Church, London

2000 - 2011     :        Team Vicar, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Holloway, London

2001 – 2011     :        Assistant Director, Post Ordination Training

2003 – 2012     :        Training Incumbent

2008 –             :        Area Bishop’s Examining Chaplain

2008 -             :        Vice Chair of Stepney Area Bishop’s Council and member of the

                               Finance Committee, London Diocese

2010 – 2012     :        National Vice Chair, Association of Black Clergy 

2012 –             :        Vicar, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Holloway, London

2014 -             :        Tutor, Beginning Theology Course, St Mellitus Training College, London

2015 –             :        Member London Diocesan Synod

2015               :        National Vice Chair, Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN)