|former Archbishop of Melanesia
Bishop of Central Melanesia
|Church||Church of the Province of Melanesia|
|Consecration||6 May 2001
by Ellison Pogo
|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.
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.
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.
- List of small publications in the Archives of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (in the National Archives of Solomon Islands) p. 26. (Accessed 25 August 2016)
- Anglican Church of Melanesia elects new Archbishop, 6 March 2009, Anglican Communion News Service
- The Anglican Church of Melanesia has a new Archbishop, Global South Anglican Online, 9 March 2009
- Communiqué of the Global South Primates Bangkok, Thailand, 20 July 2012, Global South Anglican Online, 21 July 2012
- Solomon Islands archbishop steps down, Anglican Ink, 10 September 2015
|Anglican Communion titles|
|Archbishop of Melanesia