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Bishop Terry Brown
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Fr. Caulton Medobu
August 18, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Bishop of the Diocese of Malaita the Rt Rev. Terry Michael Brown officially retired today as Episcopal head of one of the biggest Dioceses in the Church of Melanesia in Solomon Islands.

Originally from Canada Bishop Brown was consecrated and installed as the fourth Bishop of Malaita in 1996 succeeding Bishop Raymod Aumae. The first Bishop of Malaita was the Late Bishop Leonard Alufurai who was succeed by Bishop Willie Pwaisiho.

During his tenure as spiritual leader of the diocese in the last 12 years, Bishop Brown has done and fulfilled much in the areas of basic Christian education and strengthening the local Church.

He engaged widely in ministry training, support for local church’s and diocesan programmes and self support.

Bishop Brown has made huge impacts on improving the life and development of the church by helping communities achieve their basic needs.

He ensures communities have better rural water supplies around Malaita, improved human resource development and leadership training as well as infrastructure development in the main centers of the diocese.

The first Canadian to serve in Melanesia, Bishop Brown has worked to improve ecumenical relations in Malaita Province and has been involved in liturgical development and worship through the Liturgy and Worship Commission.

He was one of the strongest vocal Christian leaders in the name of justice in the Solomon Islands during the turmoil of the ethnic tension and other critical times experienced in the country.

Bishop Brown first visited Solomon Islands as a missionary and lecturer at Bishop Patteson Theological College Kohimarama in 1976 under a partnership programme of the Anglican Episcopal church of Canada and the Church of Melanesia.

He lectured in history and other areas of theology for six years before he returned to Canada at the end of 1981 to become a project desk officer for the Asia and Pacific Mission office based in Toronto, Canada.

He continued to visit Melanesia on a regular basis as project officer until his election in 1996.

The Rt Rev. Terry Brown is a hard working bishop who has deeply entered the life of Melanesia.

He was a senior Bishop of the Church of Melanesia at the time of his retirement.

The Church will continue to engage him on its work to put together history archival materials after taking his short leave in Canada next week.

Meanwhile elections for the new Bishop for the Diocese of Malaita will take place on 14 September 2008.