Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has appointed the Rt. Rev. Anthony Poggo, currently bishop of the Diocese of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan, as his new adviser for Anglican Communion affairs.
Poggo with his wife Jane and youngest daughter Joy will move to
London at the end of October where he will join the team at Lambeth
“I am absolutely delighted that Bishop Anthony is joining the team at
Lambeth,” Welby said. “He brings the experience of his ministry in one
of the most challenging provinces in the Anglican Communion where he has
faithfully served the church as a pastor and teacher.
ministry he has engaged with the profound issues we face in many parts
of the Communion, where famine, war, and violent ethnic tensions
destabilise society and leave whole communities living in poverty.
“He is well known and respected throughout the Communion and I am
most grateful to Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul for releasing Bishop Anthony
as a gift to the wider church. His appointment provides a necessary
voice and perspective from the global south in the team at Lambeth. I
look forward to working with Bishop Anthony to strengthen our
relationships around the Provinces at a significant time in the life of
On Oct. 4 Deng Bul joined Poggo in the Diocese of Kajo-Keji where the news of the appointment was given.
Speaking of his new ministry, Poggo said: “I am delighted to accept
Archbishop Justin Welby’s invitation and appointment to join the team at
Lambeth Palace. I look forward to working together with colleagues at
Lambeth to support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his ministry. I
appreciate the support from Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul in releasing me
from our current role in Kajo-Keji so as to make a contribution in the
global Anglican Communion. Jane, Joy and I are excited at this next
phase of our ministry.”
Bishop Anthony worked with Scripture Union
before his ordination in 1995. From 2002 he served with ACROSS,
becoming its executive director in 2004. He was elected bishop of the
Diocese of Kajo-Keji in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan in 2007.
Married to Jane they have three daughters, Grace, Faith and Joy.
In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his role in the
mobilizing the church in service of the community. He holds a Master of
Arts in biblical studies from Nairobi International School of Theology,
now called International Leadership University, and a Master of Business
Administration from Oxford Brookes University.
His appointment comes following an extensive selection process which attracted applications from across the Anglican Communion.