Adapted from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s homepage
The Archbishop of Canterbury has appointed Rt. Rev. Anthony Poggo, Bishop of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan, as his new adviser for Anglican Communion affairs.
Bishop Anthony with his wife, Jane, and their youngest daughter, Joy, will move to London at the end of October. The Poggos’ other daughters are Grace and Faith.
“I am absolutely delighted that Bishop Anthony is joining the team at Lambeth,” Archbishop Justin 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. Throughout his ministry he has engaged with the profound issues we face in many parts of the Communion, where famine, war, and violent ethnic tensions destabilize 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 the Communion.”
Bishop Anthony worked with Scripture Union before his ordination in 1995. He joined the development agency ACROSS in 2002, and became its executive director in 2004. He was elected the Episcopal Church of South Sudan’s Bishop of Kajo-Keji in 2007.
“I am delighted to accept Archbishop Justin Welby’s invitation and appointment to join the team at Lambeth Palace,” Bishop Poggo said. “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.”