The Diocese of Central Melanesia has elected Revd Othnielson Gamutu to become the first Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM). Rev Gamutu was elected by members of the Diocesan synod of DOCM at a special Synod sitting held at Transfiguration Church, Vura Parish on Wednesday 3rd November 2021.
Revd Gamutu, who is 52 years old, is the currently the Private Secretary to the Archbishop of Melanesia. Revd Othnielson Gamutu comes from Samasodu village in the Diocese of Ysabel and is married to Mrs. Jenny Philistus Gamutu also from Ysabel and they have four children.
Revd Gamutu was ordained as a diaconate at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral on 21st January 2007 and later to the Priesthood on 27th December the same year at Saint Peter’s Church, Samasodu, in the Diocese of Ysabel. He holds a Master’s in Biblical Studies from the Pacific Theological College, Suva Fiji, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Bishop Patteson Theological College BPTC, Kohimarama.
The role of the Assistant Bishop involves assisting the diocesan bishop of DoCM who is also the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, in the episcopal oversight of the Diocese of Central Melanesia.
The consecration will be held at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral in February 2022. The Archbishop calls on all members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia to uphold Revd Othnielson Gamutu and his family in prayer as they prepare to take on this important responsibility in the church.