The Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Argak Kwashi is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos in the Church of Nigeria. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Jos, Plateau State, in Northern Nigeria. They have six children; Hannatu is a doctor, Rinji a priest currently studying for his master's degree, and the next two are also away at University. They now also have over thirty orphans living with them at Bishopscourt.
Plateau State is Bishop Kwashi's home: he was born in the village of Amper in 1955. He grew up in a Christian home, and his father was a noted teacher and educationalist. He attended the Nigerian Military School, but when he received a clear call to go into the church's ministry in 1976, he turned his back on a military career. He trained for the ministry at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, and it was there that he met Gloria. After ordination and marriage they served in a variety of rural and urban parishes and settings in Kaduna Diocese (northern Nigeria) until in 1990 he was appointed Rector of St. Francis of Assisi Theological College. From there he was called to be Bishop of Jos, where he was consecrated and enthroned in 1992.
Both the Bishop and his wife hold Bachelor of Divinity degrees; the Bishop also is also a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Divinity. The Bishop has held many positions on Boards and Trusts both within Nigeria and internationally. He is currently the International Chairman of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad). In 2003 he was conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).