BEFORE the Diocese of Central Solomon (DOCS) was inaugurated on 4th May 1997, she was part of the mother Diocese of Central Melanesia of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, from which other dioceses were also previously created.
The first Diocesan Bishop was right Reverend Charles Koete who was consecrated and installed at the Christ the King Cathedral at Tulagi, Florida Island in the Central Islands Province, at the time of the inauguration in 1997.
The Diocesan Bishop Charles Koete called the first Diocesan Synod on the 5th May 1997 purposely to adapt the canons and constitutions of the diocese. The Synod was convened in the Christ the King Cathedral. The delegates were mostly the active clergy and lay representatives from Gela,Savo,Guadalcanal and Rennell and Bellona islands which made up the population and the land and sea boundaries of the diocese.However,from Kesao River in the west to the Balasuna River in the east and the ridges of mountains inland of Honiara,were not part f the Diocese of Central Solomons because they were in the boundries of the Diocese of Central Melanesia,which is located in and around Honiara on Gudalcanal Islands.Bishop Charles Koete resigned in 2010 from the episcopal office in the church in the diocese and later called to rest on 24th October 2012.
The second Chapter in the life of this diocese began on the 20th February 2011 when the second bishop,Rt Rev Ben Seka was consecrated and installed at the Christ the King Cathedral,Tulagi,Florider, Central Islands Province.
The second Diocese Bishop was responsible to chair his first Diocesan Synod which was the sixth Diosesan Synod and was held at Veranaso in the home of the community of the Sisters of the Melanesia on Guadalcanal,from 11th to 15th July 2011.At that point in time,the total population of the Diocese of Central Solomons was 39,309.During this Synod,one of the wish discussed was the need to help facilitate the inauguration of the new Diocese of Guadalcanal.The Coordinator,Fr,Chris Sam,to spearhead the establishment of the new diocese was later appointed.
On the 23rd June 2013,the Diocese of Central Solomons was divided ,as mandated by one of the General Synod of the Anglican Church Melanesia.The islands of Gela and Savo remain the Diocese of Central Solomons.The New Diocese of Guadalcanal was inaugurated and the islands of Rennel and Bellona became part of the Diocese of Central Melanesia on the same date.The population of the Diocese of Central Solomons was subsequently reduced to 17,664 but the church in the diocese remains faithful to God and the Anglican Church of Melanesia.
Mr. David Manetiva
Information provided by Bishop Ben Seka