FIRST BISHOP OF BENIN DIOCESE
Sam U. Erivwo, Ph.D.
Reproduced in URHOBO WAADO by kind permission of Professor Sam U. Erivwo
Born 10th April, 1938, Samuel Erivwo was educated at the C.M.S. School Ughelli; J.W.G.S., Emevor; Government College, Ughelli; and at the University of Ibadan, where he obtained B.A. (Hons) in Religious Studies in 1967. After his first degree, he was ordained a deacon in 1968, and priested in 1969 by the Rt. Rev. Agori Iwe. He taught at the A.G.G.S. Ughelli, and later proceeded for higher degree, obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Religious Studies with specialisation in Church History in 1972. He lectured at the University of Ibadan, Jos campus; the Polytechnic Ibadan; University of Ilorin, Ilorin, and at the Bendel (now Edo) State University Ekpoma, where as professor, he was Head of Department from 1982 to 1989. He was preferred an Archdeacon in 1986.
While at the Polytechnic
Ibadan, he was opportuned to go to the
He has travelled far and wide, attending international conferences,
in Frankfurt, Germany; Lancaster England; Winnipeg,
Canada; Brecia and Rome in Italy; Costa Rica
and so on. He is a Faculty member of Happai Institute,
Professor Samuel Erivwo retired voluntarily form the University in 1989 to be in full-time ministry of the church. He was appointed superintendent of St. James' District and Vicar of St. James Church Warri in 1989. In 1993 he was appointed Archdeacon of Warri Archdeconry where he served until June, 1995, when he was transferred to Sapele as Archdeacon of Sapele Archdeconry and Vicar of St. Luke's Anglican Church, Sapele.
He is the author of
History of Christianity in