By Raymond Baguma and Vicky Wandawa
The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali is the new archbishop of the Church of Uganda. He takes over from outgoing Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi in December.
The House of Bishops, comprising leaders of the 34 dioceses in the country, elected the new Archbishop this morning after a week-long retreat at Lweza Conference Centre.
Ntagali becomes the eighth person to assume the seat in the history of the Church of Uganda.
Previous archbishops of the Church of Uganda are Leslie Brown, who was the first archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire.
Others were Erica Sabiti, Janani Luwum, Silvanus Wani, Yona Okoth, Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo and Henry Luke Orombi.
Henry Luke Orombi, Stanley Ntagali and Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo after the elections. Photo by Arthur Kintu
The communications director for the Church of Uganda, the Rev. Can. Dr. Alison Barfoot, said outgoing Archbishop Orombi will begin a farewell tour to all the 34 dioceses in the Church of Uganda.
She said the new archbishop will also serve as the Diocesan Bishop of Kampala diocese as well as archbishop of the entire Church of Uganda.
The new archbishop will be consecrated on December 16 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Namirembe. Other contenders to the position were Steven Kazimba Mugalu Mbowa (Mukono diocese), Stanley Ntagali (Masindi-Kitala diocese), Joel Obetia (Madi and West Nile diocese) and Nathan Kyamanywa.
Early this year, Orombi announced he would step down as Church of Uganda Archbishop and called for the election of his successor.
Who is Rev. Stanley Ntagali
He was born in Kigezi, 57 years ago, but his family later migrated to Bunyoro. He has been working as a teacher, youth worker and missionary.
The New Archbishop Stanley Ntagali. Photo by Arthur Kintu.
Ntagali has held various positions in the Church of Uganda since he was ordained in 1981.
He served as vicar, diocesan secretary and archdeacon. When he was archdeacon of Masindi, he spearheaded the creation of Masindi-Kitara Diocese.
When Ntagali was provincial secretary, he organised the enthronement of Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi.
He is known to be outspoken on public issues.
For instance, his views on the Anti-Gay Bill are wellknown. Ntagali holds a masters degree in theology and development from the Oxford Centre for Mission, UK. He studied at Bishop Tucker Theological College and St. Paul’s United Theological College in Limiru, Kenya.
He is married to Beatrice with whom he has three children.