I am very pleased to announce the appointment of The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina as Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions for The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. Please pray for Archdeacon Uzomechina as he takes up this appointment and works with me on strategic partnerships for the sake of the expansion of the Kingdom of God “to the greater glory of God!”
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina
Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions
The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina whose love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his mission to the world has no boundaries. He was ordained in 2002 as a Priest of the Anglican Communion (Anglo-Catholic Tradition) following his seminary training. Passionate in his pastoral responsibilities and actively engaged in his community, Gideon brings a message of Christ’s love to his congregation and beyond the church doors with an emphasis to the needy and unreached. Father Gideon is a gifted and engaging preacher and teacher of the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church. His ministry has been enriched by being able to study the life, times, and ministry of Jesus Christ in the land of Palestine in ecumenical and interfaith settings at St. George’s College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel in 2008. His studies in Israel also included research in biblical studies to places such as Qumran, Sinai, Sodom, Egypt, Jordan, Damascus, Golan Heights and Istanbul, Turkey.
Following a tumultuous and trying period of his life, God led Father Gideon alongside his closest acquaintances, Colin Baptiste and Harry Watson Jr. out of The Episcopal Church into the formation and planting of a new mission and ministry called Anglican Church of the Messiah, Plainfield, New Jersey in 2018 where he is the Archdeacon and Vicar.
Father Gideon is a Fellow of Christian Theologians and Philosophers of Africa (FCTP), Africa Theological Education Network, and he holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Theology and African Spirituality, Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counseling, a Diploma in Religious Studies, and a Diploma in Theology from the University of Jos and Bishop Crowther College of Theology, Nigeria. He also completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Father Gideon is a certified Police and Department of Corrections Chaplain. He is also a Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor and a trained conflict resolution and management specialist.Father Gideon received an Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation, USA for his mentoring work with at-risk young men in his community reuniting them with their families and re-integrating them into society. Although Father Gideon spends numerous hours with pastoral work, his high energy level allows him to pursue his hobbies which include Gospel music, reading and researching, as well as socializing with family and friends.
Faithfully, in Christ,
The Right Reverend Dr. Jack Lumanog
Bishop, The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola
The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, Bishop Lumanog is an Associate Member of The Anglican Union for the Propagation of the Gospel, an international confraternity of oratories, which is under the patronage of seven bishops from the worldwide Anglican Communion.