Revered Philip Rongotha, the current Vicar General of the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM) is to become the next Dean to the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s Provincial Cathedral – Saint Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara.
Elected by the Cathedral’s Chapter, Reverend Philip succeeds the Very Reverend Davidson Nwaeramo, 55 who is retiring from office at the end of this year.
Reverend Philip 52, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in theology (BTH) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2006-2008) and a Diploma in theology (with Distinction) from Bishop Patteson Theological College, Kohimarama (2000 – 2003).
He comes from Binu Village, North Guadalcanal and is married to Jessie Rongotha. They have four children.
The Very Reverend Davidson is the longest serving clergy at the Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral. In his 25 years in the Priesthood Ministry, he served eleven years at the Cathedral. Three years as Rector and eight years as Dean. He started working at the Provincial Cathedral on the 5th of July 2009 and will end on the 31st December 2017. During his time at the Cathedral, the Very Revd Davidson has been responsible for the facelift of the Cathedral, the newly built Melanesian haus and Desmond Probet’s hall.