The chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga has resigned as Bishop of Southern Malawi to accept a lectureship at Dartmouth College in the United States.
On 10 July the Nyasa Times reported Dr. Tengatenga, the senior bishop of the Province of Central Africa, would take up a university post in the United States and will relinquish his leadership of several Malawian civil society groups including the National AIDS Commission, Malawi Council of Churches and the Public Affairs Council (PAC).
On 11 July 2013 Dr. Tengatenga told The Church of England Newspaper he had “given notice of resignation to my archbishop. It is just unfortunate that the news got out this way. Yesterday I was giving a heads up to my core leadership so that they do not get surprised when the archbishop sends the news.”
Dr. Tengatenga stated it was unfortunate an unnamed source at the provincial office in Zambia had leaked the information to the press. The desire to be “the first to give this news to the newspaper” did not reflect well on the leaker.
He further noted the “college has not yet made the official announcement and I do not yet have the visas” for a move to America and “as such it is premature and it is what it is.”
Dr. Tengatenga will take up the post of Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College on 1 January 2014.
Dr. Tengatenga stated he was not sure how his resignation from his bishopric would affect his leadership of the ACC. While clergy members of the ACC must step down upon retirement, Dr. Tengatenga is the elected chairman and not a delegate from Central Africa. It is “up to the ACC to tell me what they think is proper once I make the official announcement. As far as I am aware I am not expected to step down until my term is over but I may be wrong. The legal adviser will let me know in due course,” he said.