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Our new Bishop will be installed on 20th October 2012

posted 02.08.2012

On Saturday 12 May 2012, at the 22nd Session of Synod, The Most Revd Bolly Lapok, the Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia announced that The Right Revd
Rennis Ponniah has been appointed the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Singapore.

Bishop Rennis Ponniah, 56, has been the Vicar of one of the largest Anglican parishes, St John’s - St Margaret’s Church, since July 1993. He was a Senior Research Officer with the Housing Development Board before being ordained as deacon in 1990. The following year he was ordained as priest and he was consecrated as Assistant Bishop in 2005. He holds a B. Soc. Sc (Hons) from the University of Singapore and a Masters in Divinity from Trinity Theological College. Married to Amir for 30 years, they have four children.

After the announcement, the Bishop-designate led clergy and lay leaders to pay their personal tributes to Bishop John Chew for his sterling leadership for the last 12 years. Under Bishop Chew’s leadership, the Diocese and the Province had grown holistically and in so many ways: seeking the welfare of the city through community services, overseas outreach as well as the strengthening of our schools and local churches. Bishop Chew had also played a major role internationally, especially in standing for orthodoxy in faith and practice through the Global South grouping of Anglican Provinces, and in building a strong link between the Anglican
Church in African states and the Christian Church in China. These are some of the areas that Bishop-designate Ponniah intends to build on.

The process of selecting a new Bishop involved several steps. A Special Synod in March met for the House of Laity and the House of Clergy to nominate candidates.
The final selection was made by the House of Bishops at the Provincial level. The Installation Service will take place on 20th October this year. The incumbent, The Right Revd Dr John Chew, will remain in office till 4 October 2012.