EL PASO, TX – May 31, 2019 – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has appointed the Right Reverend Dr. Felix Orji as Missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). The announcement was made yesterday by The Most Reverend Dr. Nicholas Okoh, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria.
Bishop Orji is currently the Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the West and Bishop Protector of the Anglican Order of St. Benedict. He serves as the episcopal head of the Anglican Cathedral in Houston, Texas, and will remain Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the West.
“This is truly an honor for me,” said Dr. Orji. “I appreciate the trust our Primate, Archbishop Okoh has placed in me, and in this role, I plan to continue to serve the churches of our Diocese through the mission of CANA and the Church of Nigeria.”
Bishop Orji was ordained in 1996 in the Diocese of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada. He served his curacy at All Saints Anglican Church in Burnaby, BC and afterwards as Associate Rector at St. Johns Shaughnessy in Vancouver, BC, the largest evangelical Anglican parish in Canada. In 2004, he moved to the Diocese of the Rio Grande in the U.S. where he served a parish church for a year.
In 2005, Dr. Orji became Associate Rector of St. Francis on the Hill in El Paso, and Rector from 2008 to August 2011. In September 2011, he was consecrated Bishop by the Anglican Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to serve in the U.S. and Canada. At that time, the new St. Francis Anglican Church in El Paso that Dr. Orji founded became the Diocesan Cathedral.
Bishop Orji earned a BA degree with honors at the University of Ife in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and received a Master’s degree at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He earned a Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, BC, and a Master of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology in Canada. Dr. Orji also earned a Doctorate in Leadership and Evangelism from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bishop Orji and family reside in Richmond, Texas.