Paul Shishir Sarker is a Bangladeshi Church of Bangladesh bishop. He was from 2007 to 2019 the Archbishop of Dhaka & the Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh, a united Protestant Church that holds membership in the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Anglican Communion.

Paul Shishir Sarker
3rd Primate and Moderator of all Church of Bangladesh
4th Archbishop of Dhaka
ChurchChurch of Bangladesh
Term ended2019
PredecessorMichael S. Baroi
SuccessorSamuel Sunil Mankhin
by B. D. Mondal
Personal details
Previous post(s)Bishop of Kushtia (2003–2007)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka

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Sarker was raised as a high-church Anglican. He originally studied at the University of Dhaka, with the purpose of becoming a Bengali literature teacher. He felt the call to ministry at university and he decided to pursue religious studies after finishing his degree. He first studied at the Bishop's College, in Calcutta, India, later moving to the United States, where he earned a M. Div. degree at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, in Kentucky. After being ordained an Anglican priest, he was elected bishop of the Church of Bangladesh in 2002, and consecrated Bishop in the Diocese of Kushtia on 5 January 2003. He was elected moderator of the Church of Bangladesh in 2007, and translated to the Diocese of Dhaka in October 2009 upon the retirement of the titular bishop, Michael Baroi.[1]

Sarker attended an Anglican Church in North America meeting on 13–15 May 2017, at Holy Cross Cathedral, in Loganville, Georgia, where he and Archbishop Foley Beach, of the ACNA, signed "A Joint Statement on Communion from the Primate of Bangladesh and the Primate of the Anglican Church", to affirm and celebrate the communion between both churches. The Church of Bangladesh was the first united province of the Anglican Communion to declare full communion with the ACNA.[2]

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Michael Baroi
Primate & Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh
Bishop of Dhaka

Succeeded by
Bishop of Kushtia