SIBU: Vicar of St John’s Church Sibu Reverend Canon Jamal Senada has been appointed the new archdeacon of The Northern Archdeaconry in The Diocese of Kuching and Negara Brunei Darulsalam.
His predeccessor, Archdeacon Solomon Cheong, is consecrated as assistant bishop in December 2014.
Jamal from Buyong Bangat, Betong, received his early education at Issu/Bangat primary school from 1960 to 1963.
From 1964 to 1965 he continued his upper primary school education at St Augustine’s primary school Betong.
After his Common Entrance Examinations he went to St Luke’s Secondary School Simanggang in 1966-1968, and in 1969-1970, studied at Simanggang Secondary School.
After taking the Senior Cambridge examinations in 1970, he underwent theological training at the House of The Epiphany Theological College from 1971 to 1975, and graduated with a Diploma of Theology from Australian College of Theology in February 1976.
He was made Deacon in December 1975 and was ordained priest in August 1976.
In 1990 he took New Testament Greek with a Greek Tutor, Rev Canon David Durie from Australia and enrolled for a course from 1991 to 1993 and obtained a Licentiate in Theology from The Australia College of Theology in February 1994.
From 1997 to 1998, he went for post-graduate studies at Trinity Theological College Singapore and obtained a Master in Ministry.
0n July 7, 1999 he was made Canon and a Member of the St Thomas’ Cathedral Chapter Kuching by Bishop Datuk Made Katib.
In 2001-2003, he went for another post-graduate studies as a part-time student at Seminary Theology Malaysia in Seremban for a Master of Theology, and from there continued as a full-time student until 2005, to complete his thesis “Beyond The Church Walls”: The Roles of The Iban Anglican Christian Church Leaders in Nation Building in Sarawak, Malaysia, and graduated with a Master of Theology (SEAGST) South-East Asia Grauate School of Theology in October 2006.
He has served 38 years in his priesthood in many parishes in the Diocese in Kuching Division, Sri Aman, Betong and Miri Division.
He is married to Exclecia Pauline Lamus from Sri Aman. They have four children aged between 20 and 34.
A thanksgiving dinner to celebrate his collation will be held at Regalia Ballroom Kingwood Hotel Sibu on Jan 24.
The archbishop of the Province of South-East Asia, The Most Reverend Datuk Bolly Lapok and wife, Datin Mary Jean, will be the guests of honour.
The actual collation service will take place the next day at 8am at St John’s Church Sibu.