The Anglican Church came to Sudan in 1899 via the Church Missionary Society. By the 1920s, Khartoum and Juba were established centers of the Anglican Church. Christianity was especially strong in the South where the colonial government looked favorably upon the work and witness of the missionaries. On October 11, 1976, the Diocese of Sudan became the Province of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS). Today, the Church has twenty-nine dioceses and ministers to over 4 million Christians.
The Most Reverend Daniel Deng Bul Yak was enthroned on April 20, 2008 as the fourth primate of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan. His Grace was born in the Tuic area of Bor County and received his theological degree from Bishop Gwynne College in Mundri. He served as a Priest in Port Sudan where he formed several parishes. He was an evangelist in Renk and built its first church. He became the Bishop of Renk in 1995. His Grace studied at Virginia Theological Seminary from 1995-1997 and received a Diploma in Theology.
The ECS Ministries
Civil war destroyed the fabric of society in Southern Sudan. Violence and ethnic tension continue to threaten a fragile peace. Without peace, there can be no development.
As a trusted presence in almost all small villages in Southern Sudan, the ECS is one of the most effective ground-level players in the peace process. To that end, the Church is building bridges between tribes and communities, speaking truth to the confused, offering hope to the despairing, and creating a sense of belonging for a marginalized people.
ECS is the largest indigenous civil society organization in the Sudan. It has the capacity to render service to millions of people who live beyond the reach of the government. In addition, the Church has a ready supply of highly motivated volunteers eager to improve the health and well-being of their communities. Active ministries include:
- Teacher training and school development for primary and secondary education
- Vocational training
- Primary healthcare through diocesan clinics
- Agricultural development
- Refugee resettlement
- Care and relief services for IDP camps
- Microenterprise development