The first African and Nigerian born Bishop of Woolwich was today ordained and consecrated at the  Southwark Church of England Cathedral.

Woyin Karowei Dorgu  is a Nigerian-born Church of England priest and former medical doctor. In December 2016, it was announced that he would be the next Bishop of Woolwich,

A suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, Dorgu was born in June 1958 in Burutu, Nigeria. From 1979 to 1985, he studied at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, graduating with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees.  He then worked as a general practitioner (GP).

In 1987, Dorgu moved to the United Kingdom.  From 1990 to 1993, he studied theology at the London Bible College, an evangelical theological college in Northwood, London.  He completed a Diploma in Evangelism in 1991, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies in 1993, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1993. In 1993, he entered Oak Hill College, a Conservative Evangelical theological college, to train for ordained ministry.  He left after two years to be ordained in the Church of England.

In the statement announcing Dr Dorgu’s appointment as Bishop of Woolwich, Bishop Christopher of the Diocese of Southwark said:

“Karowei will be joining the Episcopal team in Southwark Diocese as the 13th 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. Karowei signals life and an infectious faith, the first qualification for a Christian minister. He has reached across the wide spectrum of ethnicity in Islington and has built up a substantial multi-racial congregation at St John’s Upper Holloway.

He is committed to the growth and flourishing of the Church and has a pastoral heart which will equip him well for his new Episcopal ministry. The Diocese of Southwark is committed to bringing the face of leadership into alignment with the faces in the pews and Karowei will, by God’s grace, be an attractive role model to many who are considering their call to discipleship and ministry.

It became clear to me in the appointment process that Karowei was the person God is calling to be Bishop of Woolwich. He joins a gifted team with Hearts on Fire with the love of Christ eager to serve our parishes and the nearly three million people of South London and East Surrey. I greatly look forward to working with him and to welcoming Karowei and Mosun to the Diocese.


Dr John Sentamu, charged the new Bishop to “live out your baptismal names and be the change you want to see”
The Nigerian Choir performed before the ceremony

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