Anglican Church in Sabah

September 2, 2009


THE Diocese of Sabah is a diocese of the Anglican Church which covers Sabah and Labuan in Malaysia. Founded in 1962, the see was originally established as the Diocese of Labuan in 1855. The current bishop is the Right Reverend Datuk Albert Vun Cheong Fui.

History of All Saints’ Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu

Going back to the early history of the Anglican Church in Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu), it was reported by the Rev. C. J. Collis in 1924 that Church activity began in 1903 in Jesselton.

By 1905, it was reported that “there is also a considerable number of Europeans and Chinese communicants at the new town of Jesselton”. In 1907, there was a new parsonage and school, with 500 dollars already in hand for a Church. Rev. Elton used to come over from Sandakan to minister to this newly formed congregation. Then, in 1907 the Rev. Leggatt became the priest-in-charge of Jesselton and Labuan and Rev. Elton went on furlough.

In 1910 and early 1911, the new Church was slowly rising. A day of general rejoicing was chosen for the laying of the Foundation stone, Jun. 22, 1911, the Coronation Day of King George V.

The opening of the Church; this was Nov. 1, 1911, All Saints’ Day.

In 1924, Rev. C. J. Collis reported with great joy the acts of communion exceeding 1000 during that year. Signs of growth of the congregation were shown.

With 1936 came the Silver Jubilee. The Church and two schools were now well established, and it was felt that it was time for rejoicing. To commemorate the laying of the Foundation Stone a concert was held at a cinema hall.

Bishop Hudson came to Jesselton for the special services. On the Vigil of All Saints’ there was a confirmation at which 50 were confirmed, there was also a festal Evensong.

On Jun. 2, 1957, the Bishop laid the foundation stone of the new church on the site vacated by All Saints’ School in Karamunsing, Jesselton.

When the Golden Jubilee was celebrated with great joy in 1961, the new Church supposed to be the tallest building around the Karamunsing area, and painted with white and red roof was completed and dedicated in 1959.

The present Cathedral just completed in 1959.

The new Diocese of Jesselton was established in 1962. Bishop James C.L. Wong became the first Diocesan Bishop who was formerly the assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Borneo. Thus, the Very Rev. Alan Burn, who was then the Rector of All Saints’ Parish, became the first Dean of the new Cathedral.

Vision & Mission (since 2006)

To built strong local churches throughout Sabah and beyond that are passionate in worship, powerful in preaching and prepared for effective mission and evangelism.


  • West Coast & Labuan (West Coast & Kudat Divisions, Labuan)
  • East Coast (Sandakan & Tawau Divisions)
  • Interior (Interior Division)


Anglican Church in Sabah

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