The Bishop of Mpwapwa, Tanzania, Jacob Chimeledya, is to be the next Archbishop of Tanzania. Mpwapwa is a partner diocese to the diocese of Rochester and so we are particularly delighted and proud that Bishop Jacob, a friend to us all, has been called to this significant position. Bishop Jacob remains Bishop of Mpwapwa.
Bishop Jacob has worked as a Priest in various parts of the Diocese of Mpwapwa and was Principal of St Philip’s Theological College, Kongwa from 2003 to 2005. He was consecrated Bishop in 2005 when he was made Co-Adjutor Bishop of Mpwapwa. In 2007 he became Diocesan Bishop when Bishop Simon Chiwanga retired. Last summer I visited Mpwapwa and saw the way that Bishop Jacob is gently but firmly guiding his diocese and the high regard in which he is held. At the time of my visit, two diocesan school parties from Tunbridge Wells and Erith were guests of Mpwapwa and working with local schools and the deepening relationship between Rochester and Mpwapwa was demonstrated in a cathedral service when Bishop Jacob confirmed one of the pupils from the UK and I ordained two deacons from Mpwapwa.
Bishop Jacob and his wife Mwezwa will be in the prayers of many at this time and especially on 19th May when he will be installed as Archbishop.