Downing Street announced that Woyin Karowei Dorgu is to be the 13 th bishop of Woolwich , and will be consecrated at Southwark Cathedral on 17 March .
Dorgu was born and brought up in Nigeria, and ordained in the UK . Woolwich , in south- east London , has a significant Nigerian population, many of whom worship in black -majority Pentecostal churches rather than the C of E . At a press conference at Southwark Cathedral , Dorgu said one of his priorities as bishop would be to celebrate the racial diversity of the Woolwich area .
He said he intended to “encourage BAME [black and minority ethnic] vocations and more participation in ministry ”. “ I will celebrate the diversity in race, ability , gender , sexuality and class … Celebrating our differences is a gift, ” he added .
On the same note,the only other black bishop in the Church of England is John Sentamu, now archbishop of York – second in the church hierarchy – who was consecrated as bishop of Stepney 20 years ago.