David Vunagi

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David Vunagi
former Archbishop of Melanesia
Bishop of Central Melanesia
Church Church of the Province of Melanesia
In office 2009-2015
Predecessor Ellison Pogo
Successor George Takeli
Consecration 6 May 2001
by Ellison Pogo
Personal details
Born 1950
Previous post Bishop of Temotu

David V. Vunagi (born 1950) is a retired Solomon Islands Anglican bishop. He was the Archbishop of Melanesia and Bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia, from 2009 to 2015. He is married and has three children.

He was born in Samasodou, in Isabel Province. He studied at KGVI Secondary School, from 1968 to 1973. He achieved a Diploma of Education in Science at the University of the South Pacific, in Fiji, in 1976, and a M.B. of Education in Biology at the University of Papua New Guinea, in 1982. Before serving as a priest, he was a teacher at the government school at KGVI and at the Selwyn College of the Church of Melanesia.

Vunagi achieved a Bachelor of Theology at St. John's College, in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1990. He was a teacher at the Bishop Patteson Theological College Kohimarama, in Solomon Islands, in 1992.

He moved to Canada, where he was assistant priest at St. Anselm's Parish in the Diocese of New Westminster, British Columbia, from 1996 to 1998. He achieved a Master of Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology, in 1998.

He returned afterwards to the Solomon Islands, where he was a priest in the Diocese of Ysabel. In 1999, he went back to teaching at the Selwyn College, where he was principal. He became Mission Secretary at the Provincial Headquarters of the Church of Melanesia, in 2000. Vunagi was elected the same year Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu, which he was until 2009. He was consecrated as a bishop and installed as the third Bishop of Temotu on 6 May 2001.[1]

He was elected the 5th Archbishop and Primate of the Church of the Province of Melanesia on 4 March 2009, in a Provincial electoral board, held in Honiara, being enthroned on 31 May 2009.[2][3]

He attended the Global South Fourth Encounter, in Singapore, from 19–23 April 2010, and was also represented at the Global South Conference that took place in Bangkok, from 18–20 July 2012.[4]

He left office on 6 September 2015, in a ceremony that took place at St. Barnabas Cathedral, in Honiara, attended by the nine bishops of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. He was succeeded as acting Primate by Nathan Tome, bishop of Guadalcanal, the senior bishop of the province, until the election of the new Primate on 12 February 2016.[5]


Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Ellison Pogo
Archbishop of Melanesia
Succeeded by
George Takeli