Rev Godfrey Loum was, yesterday, 12th August 2021 elected the 8th bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda sitting at Lweza Training and Conference Centre, Entebbe.
Rev Loum will be consecrated and enthroned on 21st November 2021 at St Philip's Cathedral, Gulu. He succeeds the Rev Johnson Gakumba, who has been bishop of the diocese since 2009. Bishop Gakumba sought early retirement at the age of 62.
Born on 4th October 1972 in Gulu District, the 49-year-old bishop-elect holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from Cavendish University Uganda which he attained in 2017, a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Uganda Christian University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Divinity from Uganda Christian University which he obtained in 2004. He also holds a Certificate in Strategic Planning and Management from Makerere University College of Business Management Science. Rev Loum is the author of "A Quick Guide to Premarital Counselling for Pastors and Couples".
According to the Church, Rev Loum’s story is a testimony of restoration given his history of living as an alcohol addict. This was after failing to join tertiary education earlier in his life before he reformed in 1998.
Rev Loum started his ministry in 2007 as a deacon, rising through the church ranks to become the Vicar of Christ Church in Gulu Town.
He has been certified in trauma and HIV/Aids counselling, and promoted ecumenical unity through Uganda Joint Christian Council and the Bible Society Acholi Branch. Since 2012, he has served as the chairperson of the House of Clergy.
His life mission is to be "fully equipped to preach the Word of God in season and out of season; to reprove, rebuke and exhort with complete patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2) He is married to Ms Ida Loum, and has three children.
Rev. Godfrey Loum at his Graduation ceremony at Cavendish University Uganda