|The Most Revd
Drexel Wellington Gomez
|Archbishop, Church in the Province of the West Indies & Bishop of Nassau & The Bahamas, & The Turks & Caicos Islands,
Primate of the West Indies
|Church||Church in the Province of the West Indies|
|In office||1998 — 2009|
|Born||24 January 1937|
|Previous post||Bishop of Barbados|
Life and ministry
Gomez was born on the Berry Islands. He graduated from St Chad's College, Durham University, in 1959. He was consecrated as the Bishop of Barbados and in 1997 was elected the Bishop of the Bahamas & the Turks & Caicos Islands. He was elected Archbishop and Primate of the Province of the West Indies in 1998. His full title became His Grace the Most Reverend Drexel Wellington Gomez, Lord Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of the West Indies & Bishop of the Diocese Of Nassau & The Bahamas (Including the Turks & Caicos Islands).
Along with Archbishop Peter Akinola, Anglican Primate of Nigeria, Gomez is a leading opponent of the ordination of practising homosexuals as Anglican clergy, an issue that escalated into a crisis for the Anglican Communion following the consecration of an openly gay priest, Gene Robinson, as the Bishop of New Hampshire in the United States in 2003.
In October 2003, Gomez was appointed to the Lambeth Commission on Communion by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. The commission produced the Report of the Lambeth Commission on Communion (also known as The Windsor Report and the Eames Report), published in October 2004.
In August 2007, Gomez was the main preacher at a service at which several Anglican archbishops consecrated two American priests as bishops despite the opposition of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Gomez accused the American church of "aggressive revisionist theology" and teaching lies.
He retired as bishop and archbishop in 2009.
- Paulson, Michael (2007-08-31). "Consecration in Kenya widens a religious rift: 2 US priests now Anglican bishops". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-31.