Drexel Wellington Gomez was born in the
Berry Islands in The Bahamas on 24th January 1937, the
second child of the late Reuben and Mrs. Wealthy Gomez.
In New Providence he attended the traditional Western Junior
and Western Senior Schools and also attended the competitive
Government High School. He attended St. Agnes Church in
Grant's Town where he served at the altar with Canons George
Loran Pyfrom and Milton Cooper.
With pastoral guidance and fervent blessing of Bishop Spence
Burton, Drexel Gomez entered Codrington College, Barbados,
in 1955 to begin his training and formation for the sacred
priesthood. He was sent to Durham University where he
completed his degree in Theology.
On 21st December 1959, at the tender age of 22, he was made
a Deacon in Barbados. He was ordained to the sacred
priesthood on 1st February 1961 by Bishop Spence Burton at
Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau. Later that same year, he
married Carol Chandler of Barbados in October.
He served as a Tutor in Biblical Studies at Codrington
College from 1964 to 1968.
Fr. Gomez returned to The Bahamas and served as Parish
Priest at St. Stephen's Church, Eight Mile Rock, Grand
Bahama, from 1968 until 1970. He was then appointed and
consecrated Bishop of Barbados in 1972.
He pioneered the efforts to bring the Diocese of Barbados
out of a long history of Establishment with the state, and
into a new culture of dis-establishment and
self-sufficiency. The recruitment of many ordinands for the
sacred priesthood was matched by an active policy of clergy
advancement through academic study and other surges of
professional / vocational enhancement. During his tenure in
Barbados, Bishop Gomez also served in regional, ecumenical,
and world capacities including the Caribbean Conference of
churches and the World Council of Churches. He served on the
Anglican Consultative Council from 1986-1992.
Following his resignation as Lord Bishop of Barbados, he
returned to The Bahamas where, from 1993 to 1995, he served
as Assistant bishop of the Diocese.
On 20th October 1998, the Provincial Synod of the Church in
the Province of the West Indies (CPW) elected Bishop Gomez
to succeed The Most Rev'd Orland Lindsay as Archbishop of
the West Indies.(St.
Along with Archbishop Peter Akinola, Anglican Primate of
Nigeria, Archbishop Gomez is a leading opponent of the
ordination of practising homosexuals as Anglican clergy, an
issue that escalated into a crisis for the Anglican
Communion following the consecration of openly gay clergyman
Gene Robinson as Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in
the USA in 2003.(wikipedia)
Archbishop Drexel Gomez later retired from the office in
December 2008. He was later succeeded by Bishop of Barbados,
Dr. John Holder.