The Diocese of Central Solomons Electoral Board has elected the Reverend Charles Stevenson Koete as the third Bishop for the Diocese of Central Solomons (DoCS) in the Central Islands Province.
He was elected on Wednesday 24th November 2021 at Tetete Ni Kolivuti (TNK) the headquarters of the Community of the Sisters of the Church at Tenaru area, east of Honiara.
Revd Charles, 43, will succeed the Right Reverend Ben Seka, who will officially retire on the 1st of December 2021.
Currently, Revd Charles is serving as the Principal of Bungana Ministerial Training Centre, a Catechist school in the Diocese of Central Solomons, a post he has held since 2017. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Principal, Dean of Studies and Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Trinity School of Theology and Ministry at Airahu in the Diocese of Malaita from 2013 to 2016.
Revd Charles was ordained as a Priest on the 14th August 2005 at St. Peter’s Church, Polomuhu Village, Big Gela, and holds a Bachelor of Theology from Bishop Patteson Theological College (BPTC) in 2012 and a Diploma of Theology with Distinction, also from BPTC in 2004.
Originally from Polomuhu village, the Bishop Elect is married to Mrs. Eileen Mary Rona Koete from Dende Village, small Gela and they have four children.
The consecration will be held at the diocesan Cathedral, Christ the King Cathedral, Tulagi in February next year 2022. The Archbishop calls on all members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia to uphold Rev. Steven and his family in prayer as they prepare to take on this important responsibility in the church.