Right Rev. Dr. Jacob Chimeledya (VTS’03) Elected Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Tanzania


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Alexandria, VA –
Virginia Theological Seminary alumnus the Right Rev. Dr. Jacob Chimeledya (VTS ’03) has been elected archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.

“The Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Seminary is happy to congratulate our own Jacob Chimeledya,” said the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins, IV., Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. “Bishop Chimeledya is remembered by those who love him at VTS as a humble servant of our Lord, a man of deep faith and impeccable character. He is a leader among leaders—and we wish him all good things in his important ministry.”

Since 2007, Chimeledya has served as the second bishop of Tanzania’s Diocese of Mpwapwa, overseeing some 85 parishes and 650 congregations. His election as archbishop came at a February 21 meeting convened by the General Synod of the province.

Chimeledya was born in 1957 in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. He studied health administration at Mzumbe Institute of Development Management, now Mzumbe University, before earning a degree in theology from St. Paul’s Theological College in Kenya in 1996.

Chimeledya was ordained to the diaconate in 1996 and to the priesthood the following year. He arrived at Virginia Seminary in 2000 and received a Master of Arts degree in 2003. In 2006 Chimeledya was awarded an honorary doctorate from VTS.

He will be installed as archbishop in a May service at the Anglican Cathedral in Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital. Chimeledya will succeed the Most Rev. Valentino Mokiwa, who has served as archbishop since 2008.

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