A son of an Anglican priest, Fr. John Ssebalugga Kalimi proudly identifies himself as a cradle Anglican. Born and raised in Uganda, Fr. John attained teen-age during the turbulent days of one of Africa’s most notorious dictators - Idi Amin Dada. He credits the solid religious upbringing to the loving and caring parental guidance their household received during their formative years – under the care of both parents.
Fr. John did his preliminary seminary training in Uganda and upon graduation, in 1990, he was ordained priest in Christ’s Holy Catholic Church. He served the Church of Uganda in numerous pastoral and administrative positions, until September 1995, when he received a full scholarship - enabling him to come to the United States for further academic pursuits. Upon graduation from the Episcopal Divinity School, Fr. John moved to Austin, Texas to undertake intensive Anglican studies at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.
In 1998, Fr. John moved to Dallas to embark on an inner-city ministry in Oak Cliff, within the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. After 8 years of faithful service, Fr. John resigned his position as Vicar at St. George’s Episcopal Church and joined the Staff of St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford - to assume a new pastoral role as Vicar for African Ministries.