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Installation of the 6th Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia
“Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?"
(2 Chronicles 1:10)

At the Extraordinary meeting of the Provincial Synod held in Kuching, Sarawak on 24th September, 2019, The Rt. Rev. Datuk Melter Jiki bin Tais, Bishop of Sabah was elected the 6th Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia succeeding the Most Rev. Datuk Ng Moon Hing. His term of office will run from February 2020 to February 2024.

The Rt Revd Datuk Melter Jiki Bin Tais is the first indigenous Bishop of Sabah. Hailing from Kampung Nangoh in the Beluran District, he was ordained as a priest in 1993 following theological studies at the Malaysia Evangelical Seminary, Miri and the Malaysia Bible Seminary, Selangor.

Prior to becoming diocesan bishop, Bishop Melter served as the Archdeacon of the Central Archdeaconry (2007-2009), an Assistant Bishop of Sabah (2009-2015), and the Vicar General of Sabah (2014-2015). He has more than two decades of experience in parish ministry, having been in charge of parishes in Keningau, Lahad Datu, and Telupid. Bishop Melter has also served in several ecumenical roles in Malaysia. He is a member of the Design Group Committee for the 2020 Lambeth Conference. He is married to Angeline, and they are blessed with five lovely children, namely Ivy, Melvin, Myra, Marvin, and Melody.

As Bishop Melter is installed as the 6th Archbishop and Primate of the Province of South East Asia at All Saints’ Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu at 4:00pm today, let us uphold him in our prayers. Let us ask God to grant him wisdom from above for this new appointment. Let us put up a prayer shield over him and his family, so that God will use him to lead His great people in this Province, with a mission to reach a population of 650 million for Jesus!

Bishop Melter is the first Bumiputra from Sabah who will be installed as an Archbishop in the Anglican Communion; and not least, as the Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia.

To God be the glory!

Rev. Canon Kenneth Thien
Provincial Secretary
Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia
9 February 2020