The Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia Archbishop Sir Ellison Pogo has announced in a press statement the election of Reverend Canon Sam Sahu as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Malaita within the Church of Melanesia.

The statement says Reverend Sahu was elected to the position yesterday by the Diocesan Electoral Board yesterday and endorsement on the same day by the Council of Bishops.

Reverend Canon Sahu comes from Lama's village in East Kwara'ae on Malaita and was Mission Secretary to the Church's Melanesia Board up to his election yesterday.

He holds a licentiate of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Auckland. He also holds a Master of Theology and Bachelor of Theology from the Trinity College, Singapore.

He has served in various positions with the Church at the parish level and also served previously as Coordinator of Evangelism and Renewal in the Melanesian Board of Mission.

His previous work experience includes two years as Lecturer and Acting Principal of the Church's Bishop Patteson Theological College.

Bishop elect, Reverend Canon Sam Sahu is married to Rose Sahu and they have four children, Rita, Selwyn, Linda and Jean.

Ship elect Reverend Sahu will be consecrated and installed as Bishop of Malaita on 2nd November, 2008 at the Diocesan Cathedral in Fiu, Malaita.

The election of the Bishop elect follows the retirement of Bishop Terry Brown as Bishop of Malaita in August 2008.

The Church is asked to remember the Bishop elect Reverend Canon Sam Sahu in prayer as he prepares himself to take on the new responsibility.

With National Express