Born in 1948, Archbishop Ntahoturi grew up in a small village in Matana, Southern Burundi, the son of a poor farming family. After training at Bishop Tucker College, Mukono, Uganda, he was ordained in 1973 and then pursued further theological training at Ridley Hall and St. John’s, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He went into education and civil service before serving as provincial secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi. He became Bishop of Matana in 1997 and Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi in 2005. In 2017, he was installed as the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See.
Archbishop Ntahoturi actively participated in the work of the Council of the Anglican Provinces of Africa and has been a member of the Anglican Consultative Council Standing Committee for ACC 9-11. He currently leads the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission for Unity, Faith and Order. He is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, and has served on the Executive Committee of ACT International for the last 12 years.
Archbishop Ntahoturi is involved in seeking peace in his ethnically war-torn country of Burundi and also in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. He represented the churches of Burundi during the peace and reconciliation negotiations in Arusha, Tanzania, that were instrumental in bringing peace to Burundi.