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Archbishop-elect, the Rt Rev David Vunagi
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ACOM elects new Archbishop
March 4, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Anglican Church of Melanesia has a new Archbishop. He is the Rt Rev David Vunagi who is currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu in Solomon Islands.

Bishop Vunagi was elected to the highest Episcopal position within the Anglican Church by the Provincial electoral board this afternoon at Tetete Ni Kolivuti; headquarters of the Sisters of the Church east of Honiara.

The election to fill the important leadership post became necessary following the retirement of former Archbishop, Sir Ellison Pogo on December 9 last year.

Bishop Vunagi who has served in the Episcopal ministry in the last eight years in the Diocese of Temotu will be enthroned as the fifth Archbishop of Melanesia on May 31, 2009 in Honiara.

Prior to serving in the Church as a Clergy, and then as a Bishop, he was a Teacher by profession teaching at the government school at KGVI and the Anglican Church of Melanesia school Selwyn College.

Bishop Vunagi from Samasodu in Ysabel Province was educated at KG VI Secondary School from 1968 to 1973. He obtained a Diploma of Education in Science from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in 1976, and later a Bachelor of Education in Biology from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1982.

In his theological training, the Archbishop-elect obtained Bachelor of Theology from St. Johnís College in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990.

In 1992, he taught at the Bishop Patteson Theological College Kohimarama in Solomon Islands.

From 1996 to 1998, Bishop David Vunagi, served as Assistant Priest at St. Anselmís Parish in the Diocese of New Westminster, British Columbia in Canada. He obtained a Master of Theology from the Vancouver School of Theology in 1998.

On his return to Solomon Islands he served in the Diocese of Ysabel as Senior Priest and Parish Priest at Lawe region.

In 1999 he returned to teach at Selwyn College where he held the position of a Principal before he became the Mission Secretary at the Provincial headquarters of the Church in 2000. He was elected the same year as Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu.

Bishop Vunagi is married to Mary, daughter of late Bishop Dudley Tuti of Ysabel. They have three children, Duddley, Rusila and Douglas.