Meet the Bishops

CANA Episcopate:

 

Anglican Communion Provincial Primatial Archbishop:  The Most Rev'd Nicholas Okoh, Church of Nigeria

North American Provincial Archbishop:  The Most Rev'd Robert Duncan, Anglican Church in North America

 

The Rt. Rev'd Martyn Minns, CANA Missionary Bishop

The Rt. Rev'd Roger Ames, CANA Bishop; ACNA Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes

The Rt. Rev'd David Anderson, Sr., CANA Bishop, retired

The Rt. Rev'd David Bena, CANA Bishop, retired

The Rt. Rev'd Julian Dobbs, CANA Bishop, Missionary Diocese of CANA East

The Rt. Rev'd Amos Fagbamiye, CANA Bishop, Missionary Diocese of the Trinity

The Rt. Rev'd Derek Jones, CANA Bishop & Endorsing Agent for the Chaplains Deanery

The Rt. Rev'd Felix Orji, CANA Bishop, Missionary Diocese of CANA West


His Grace, the Most Rev'd Nicholas Okoh

Primatial Archbishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)

Primate of NigeriaNicholas Okoh joined the Nigerian Army in 1969 during the Nigerian civil war. He rose through the ranks and retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel, shedding his khaki for full cassock work. Just as he left the army, he was appointed the Bishop of Asaba in March of that year.

Okoh attended St. Michael's Anglican School, Owa-Alero from 1958-1964 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He had a four-year stint in business.  While in the army, Okoh continued his education and passed his Ordinary Level (O/L) General Certificate in Education (GCE) in 1974 and Advanced Level GCE in 1976, by which time he was already at Vining Christian Leadership Centre, Akure, Ondo State where he trained as a Catechist from 1975-1976.  Between 1976 and 1979, he was at Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan, Oyo State for his pastoral studies. There, he obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies and Theology. Later that same year, he left for the University of Ibadan where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in 1982 and a Master's in 1985 in the same discipline.

Ordained a Deacon in July 1979, he became a priest the following year and seven years later was made a Canon. About 14 years after, he was appointed an Archdeacon in 1991. Consecrated as Bishop of Asaba Diocese on May 6, 2001, he was elected Archbishop of Bendel Province on July 22, 2005.

On October 4, 1996, he got married to Nkasiobi and is blessed with five children.

During his time in the Nigerian Army, Okoh was the Chaplain of the 3 Armoured Division Garrison, Jos, Plateau State and was also the Vicar of St. Luke Military Church, Yaba, Lagos. Between 1984 and 1989, he was the Vicar of All Saints Church, Abalti Barracks and Army Headquarters Garrison Chaplain, Ojuelegba, Lagos.

Martyn Minns

CANA Missionary Bishop

Missionary Bishop Martyn MinnsThe Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns: In view of his many years of personal involvement in mission partnerships throughout the Anglican Communion, Martyn Minns was elected to serve as the founding Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) on June 28, 2006. He was duly consecrated a bishop on August 20, 2006. His installation as bishop was held May 5, 2007.

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Roger Copeland Ames

CANA Bishop; ACNA Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes

Bishop Roger AmesThe Rt. Rev’d Roger Copeland Ames, bishop for CANA, serves as rector at St. Luke’s Church (Akron OH).  Given the division in The Episcopal Church USA (TEC), Ames left TEC around 2004 and came under the oversight of Bishop Frank Lyons of the Diocese of Bolivia in South America. Bishop Lyons worked with CANA’s Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns to transfer St. Luke’s and a number of other congregations from Bolivia to CANA.

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David Craig Anderson, Sr.

CANA Bishop (Retired)

Bishop David AndersonThe  Rt. Rev’d David Craig Anderson, Sr., suffragan bishop, became canonically linked with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) on All Saints Day 2006.  Bishop Anderson also currently is President and CEO of the American Anglican Council (AAC), based in Atlanta.

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David J. Bena

CANA Bishop (Retired)

Bishop Dave BenaThe Rt. Rev'd David J. Bena: The Rt. Rev'd David J. Bena, Suffragan Bishop of Albany, joined the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) in March 2007. Bishop Bena, who retired from his post in Albany, served as CANA's Suffragan Bishop, assisting CANA's Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns with leading the growing number of CANA congregations and clergy until his retirement in 2011. Forever a servant, he came out of retirement to serve as interim rector of St. Margaret's Anglican Chucrh in Woodbridge, Virginia. He retired, again, in 2013.

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Julian Dobbs

CANA Bishop

Bishop Julian DobbsBishop Julian Dobbs, his wife Brenda, and their three children are natives of New Zealand and have resided in Virginia since 2006. He was ordained in 1991 and went on to plant three congregations and served as the rector of the fastest growing congregation in New Zealand. Amongst his public outreach ministries in that country, he hosted a weekly 60-minute television program.

From 2004 to 2008, Dobbs served as the Executive Director of the Barnabas Fund both in New Zealand and in the US. While serving the Barnabas Fund he worked in six continents to minister to persecuted Christians and to bring relief in times of natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami when he ministered in Aceh, Indonesia. He is frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally; drawing attention to such matters as religious persecution, the sanctity of life, human trafficking, and Christian/Muslim relations.

Elected and consecrated as a bishop in the Church of Nigeria in 2011, he currently assists CANA's episcopate with pastoral concerns and congregational development, and oversees CANA's operations at the McLean office.

Within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Bishop Dobbs is a member of the Archbishop Duncan's Cabinet for both provincial and global concerns: he is the Chair of the Task Force on Islam, is a member of the Governance Task Force, and served on the Archbishop's Executive Committee until 2013.

As Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of CANA East, Dobbs leads clergy and congregations primarily in the eastern United States. He is passionate about the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is committed to empowering congregations, supporting clergy, transforming injustice, inspiring local and global mission, and planting churches.

Amos A. Fagbamiye

CANA Bishop

Bishop Amos FagbamiyeThe Rt. Rev'd Amos A. Fagbamiye, suffragan bishop, joined the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) upon its emergence. He serves as vicar at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection (Indianapolis IN). He has earned seven graduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

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Derek Jones

CANA Bishop & Endorsing Agent for the Chaplains Deanery

Bishop Derek JonesBishop Derek Jones is the endorsing agent for CANA's Chaplains Deanery which supports chaplains in the US military, the Veterans Administration, in vocational settings such as police and fire departments, in hospitals and hospice, and in varied marketplace ministries and volunteer opportunities.

He and his wife Connie have two children, and live in their home state of Alabama. Bishop Jones is a former US Air Force combat fighter pilot, and retired as a Lt. Col. He was ordained in 2001, and went on to help the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) develop its administrative infrastructure and plant churches in Liberia. He quickly rose through the ranks to be consecrated a bishop in 2007, and was received by the ACNA in 2010.

Felix Orji

CANA Bishop

Bishop Felix OrjiBishop Felix Orji is also rector of St Francis in El Paso, Texas. He and Lillian his wife have four children. Dr. Orji typifies the cosmopolitan citizen, having had the privilege of making his home in three different nations: Nigeria, Canada, and the United States. He has earned four graduate degrees from the University of Lagos, Regent College, Vancouver School of Theology, and a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Orji was ordained in 1996 and served churches in Canada until 2004 when he moved to the US.

From 2004 to 2008 he held various pastoral and diocesan leadership positions in the Diocese of the Rio Grande.  He began serving St Francis-on-the-Hill in 2005.  He served as a CANA delegate to the ACNA's inaugural convention in 2009.  Orji provides episcopal oversight for clergy and congregations in the western USA. He also blesses CANA and ACNA by his teaching ministry on cross-cultural ministry and other topics.

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