Gay Nigerian Reverend to Be Ordained by Church of England

Published March 21, 2019


Eniola Akinkuotu

Popular gay Nigerian cleric , Jide Macaulay , will in June be ordained an Anglican priest by the Church of England .

Macaulay revealed this on his Instagram page on Wednesday where he also posted a copy of his invitation letter .

He wrote, “ It is a delight to share this news , I am to be ordained Anglican Priest in the Church of England in June 2019 .

“ Wait on the Lord , be of Good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord ” Psalm 27 : 14 .”

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion ) has always rejected calls from western powers to ordain gay priests .

Macaulay was born on November 4 , 1965 . He is a pastor and ordained minister , an LGBTQ , human rights, and HIV / AIDS activist, community builder , queer theologian, lawyer , and parent . Macaulay founded House of Rainbow , Nigeria ’s first house of worship catering to the LGBTQ community , and currently serves as its executive director .

Macaulay , who is HIV positive, also comes from a family of clerics .

His father, August Olakunle Macaulay , is a theologian, principal, the founder of United Bible University , and the president of the Association of Christian Theologians in Nigeria .

Macaulay studied at several primary and secondary schools in Nigeria , and graduated in 1986 . While in school , he was involved in several drama and poetry activities , and later set up the Poetry Inspired Club for young people. Macaulay was also interested in music and directing , but soon lost passion for both and began to focus on his theological development .

According to Ubuntubiographyproject .com , Macaulay ’s Christian upbringing had always forced him into a different understanding of same – sex relations , and he married a woman under the guise of spiritual healing at the age of 24 . While Macaulay experienced same – gender relationships and desires before marriage, it was not until after his divorce in 1994 that he fully came out as gay, with a great effort to reconcile his faith , spirituality , culture , and sexuality .

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Macaulay worked for Crown Prosecution Service from 1987 to 1999 , where his career rose from administrator to legal executive . He then went to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an IT procurement manager , became self -employed in 2001 , and decided to combine his career with developing his passion and preparation for full- time Christian ministry .

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