Nigerian Bishop appointed to head up ACC
THE RT REV Josiah Idowu-Fearon has been appointed Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council.
On 2 April ACC chairman the Rt Rev James Tengatenga announced that Dr Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna in Northwestern Nigeria, had been appointed in succession to the Rt Rev Kenneth Kearon, who had been elected Bishop of Limerick.
Dr Idowu-Fearon (65) was named Bishop of Kaduna in 1998 previously having been appointed Bishop of Sokoto in 1990.
Ordained in 1971 he served as Warden at St Francis of Assisi Theological College in Wusasa and Provost of St Michael’s Cathedral in Kaduna.
He received a doctorate in Sociology and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Nigeria’s Ahmadu Bello University, an MA in Islamic Theology from the UK’s Birmingham University, and a BA in Theology from Durham University.
In 2007 Archbishop Rowan Williams appointed him a Six Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral and Archbishop Welby awarded him the Cross of St Augustine in 2013.
“I am excited to take up the post of Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, and to continue the fine work undertaken by my predecessors in this office,” Dr Idowu-Fearon said.
“It is a privilege to be so honoured and recognised by the Communion for this leadership position. I look forward to serving the Anglican family with my future colleagues at the Anglican Communion Office and the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Dr Idowu-Fearon, who is married to Comfort and has two children, Ibrahim and Ninma, is expected to take up the role in July 2015.