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Bishop-Elect for the Diocese of Temotu The Rev George Takeli
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The Rev George Takeli to head Temotu Diocese
August 30, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Diocese of Temotu in the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Solomon Islands has a new Bishop.

He is the Rev. George Angus Takeli of Suholo village on Ulawa Island in the Makira Ulawa Province.

The Rev. Takeli was elected this afternoon by the electoral board comprising of diocesan and provincial members of the Church at Tete Ni Kolivuti east of Honiara.

The result was endorsed by the Council of Bishops before a formal announcement was made by the Archbishop of Melanesia The Most Rev. David Vunagi.

The Bishop-elect succeeds the present Archbishop who was in the last 8 years Bishop of Temotu until April 26 this year when he relinquished that responsibility.

Consecration and installation of the new and fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu will take place on February 21, 2010 at Lata.

At the time of his election the Rev. Takeli is in Fiji where he is currently doing his doctoral study programme at the Pacific Theological College in Suva. He is expected to complete his studies before end of this year.

The Rev. Takeli has previously graduated with a Master of Theology Degree in Biblical studies at the Auckland University in New Zealand in 2003. He obtained a Bachelor of Theology Degree at the Pacific Theological College in Fiji in 1998 and a Diploma of Theology at Bishop Patteson Theological College in Solomon Islands in 1994. He received all these awards with Honours.

His educational accomplishment also include a Mate Solomon Certificate of Competency from the Marine Training College in Solomon Islands as well as an Accounting Certificate from the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.

Prior to taking on the ordained ministry he worked as a seaman where he made his way up to a captain in various fishing and merchandise vessels since 1975. He later became an Administrator and Accounts personnel with the Marine Department in Honiara.

His work experience also include Coordinator of Youth Ministry as well as Principal of Goromanu Training Centre in the Diocese of Hanuato’o in Solomon Islands.

The Rev Takeli also served as Assistant Priest of St. Lukes Anglican Church Parish of Laucala Bay in Suva, Fiji, St. Andrews Anglican Church Parish, Mission Bay, and St. Hilda’s Anglican Church Parish of Beachland both at Auckland New Zealand. He is currently the serving priest for the Anglican Church of Melanesia Students Association for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

He served as Lecturer at Bishop Patteson Theological College from 2004 to 2006 before he took up his doctoral studies in Fiji in 2007.

The Rev. Takeli, 49 is the eldest in a family of five brothers and two sisters and holds a title of a chief of the Matangali Tribe who had helped to establish Christianity at Suholo village on Ulawa Island in the early days.

He is married to Lilian Takeli also from Ulawa. They have five children; three boys and two girls.