Friday, January 15, 2010

New Lutheran head bishop for Papua New Guinea

Principal of Martin Luther Seminary in Lae Rev Gigere Wenge is the new Head Bishop of the 1.3 million strong Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea.

Rev Wenge was elected at the 27th Synod of the church to take up the top post left vacant by late Dr Wesley Kigasung in May 2008.

Bishop Wenge holds a degree in theology from the Martin Luther Seminary, a degree in Christian education from Concordia University in USA, a degree in science education from Concordia Seminary in US and also a masters degree in theological studies.

He had served as a pastor in the Kabwum district, chaplain for Balob Teachers College, pastor for Hobu Lutheran congregation and lecturer at Martin Luther Seminary.

He was appointed principal of the seminary in 2007.

Bishop Wenge comes from Boana district in the Morobe province.

Acting head bishop Rev Zau Rapa was re-elected for a second term as assistant bishop while church general secretary Isaac Teo lost his post to Albert Tokave from Kainantu District.

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