The Most Rev. Nicholas Dikeriehi Orogodo Okoh
Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion
The son of poor peasant farmers, his initial education was at St. Michael's (Anglican) School, in Owa-Alero, from 1958 to 1964, when he got his First School Leaving Certificate. He worked then for four years at his uncle's business, until starting his own. He joined the Nigerian Army in 1969, having not yet been confirmed. He fought in the Nigerian Civil War in 1970, losing his faith at the end of hostilities. He had a sudden conversion in early 1971, reading then the entire Bible. He was confirmed at St. Stephen's Cathedral Ondro, in 1975. Okoh continued his religious studies, becoming a freelance Evangelist and a catechist, from 1975 to 1976. He undertook his Pastoral Studies at Immanuel College of Theology, in Ibadan from 1976 to 1979, obtaining a Diploma in Religious Studies and another in Theology.
He was ordained an Anglican deacon in July 1979 and a priest in July 1980. He continued his studies at the University of Ibadan, from 1979 to 1982, receiving a B.A., and later from 1984 to 1985, obtaining his M.A. degree. He become acCanon in 1987 and an archdeacon in April 1991. He was consecrated as the second bishop of the Diocese of Asaba in May 2001. He was elected the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bendel on 22 July 2005 following the death of Archbishop Albert Agbaje.
Okoh served in the Nigerian Army, being commissioned as a lieutenant in 1982, promoted to captain in 1986, then to major in 1991 and lieutenant-colonel in 1996, his current rank.
He was elected Primate on September 15, 2009, having worked with the previous Primate, the Most Reverend Peter Akinola for a couple of transition months. He was installed as Primate on March 25, 2010.
The Right Rev. Julian Dobbs
Bishop Julian Dobbs, his wife Brenda, and their three children are natives of New Zealand and have resided in Virginia since 2006. He was ordained in 1991 and went on to plant three congregations and served as the rector of the fastest growing congregation in New Zealand. Amongst his public outreach ministries in that country, he hosted a weekly 60-minute television program.
From 2004 to 2008, Dobbs served as the Executive Director of the Barnabas Fund both in New Zealand and in the US. While serving the Barnabas Fund he worked in six continents to minister to persecuted Christians and to bring relief in times of natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami when he ministered in Aceh, Indonesia. He is frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally; drawing attention to such matters as religious persecution, the sanctity of life, human trafficking, and Christian/Muslim relations.
Elected and consecrated as a bishop in the Church of Nigeria in 2011, he currently assists CANA's episcopate with pastoral concerns and congregational development, and oversees CANA's operations at the McLean office.
Within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Bishop Dobbs is a member of the Archbishop Duncan's Cabinet for both provincial and global concerns: he is the Chair of the Task Force on Islam, is a member of the Governance Task Force, and served on the Archbishop's Executive Committee until 2013.
As Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of CANA East, Dobbs leads clergy and congregations primarily in the eastern United States. He is passionate about the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is committed to empowering congregations, supporting clergy, transforming injustice, inspiring local and global mission, and planting churches.
The Right Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB
Bishop Felix Orji was born to Christian parents in Ngwama in Abia State, Nigeria. As a teenager he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and ever since, has endeavored to follow Christ.
Early on, he wanted to be a priest but went to college to be a professor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English Language and Education from Obafemi Awolowo University, and completed a Master's degree in Educational Administration at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. As a graduate student at the University of Lagos, Dr. Orji was elected President of the Postgraduate Christian Fellowship, and also served as Chairman of all the Christian Unions at the University.
After a stint teaching, he decided to pursue a clerical life. He received a Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, BC in 1991, and earned a Master of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology in 1994. He was ordained in 1996, and in 2004 he earned a Doctorate in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a member of the Order of St. Benedict.
While in Vancouver, he was the Associate Rector at the largest evangelical Anglican Church in Canada, St. John's Shaughnessy, and has served on a number of high-profile committees in the Anglican Church of Canada and in the United States.
Bishop Orji moved to El Paso, Texas in 2005, serving as the Associate Rector of St. Francis
on the Hill Episcopal Church, and was later appointed Rector. The majority of that congregation left the Episcopal Church in 2008, and founded St. Francis Anglican Church in El Paso, where he continues to serve as Rector.
He is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy Association and serves as Executive Director of Boy Scout Troop 82 in El Paso. Bishop Orji and his wife, Lilian, have four children: Cara, John, Jadon, and Justin.Bishop Orji was consecrated Bishop at Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church in Ikeja, Lagos on September 25th, 2011, by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, His Grace Archbishop Nicholas Okoh.