Jacob Erasto Chimeledya was born on 25th August, 1957 in Zoisa, Kongwa. He was educated at Zoisa/Mtanana/Matongoro Primary schools. He joined Arusha/ Bihawana for ordinary Secondary school from 1977 – 1980. He was selected for advanced level secondary education at Mzumbe High School from 1981 – 1983. After his studies he went for a compulsory national service for one year. He later pursued Advanced Diploma in Health Administration (ADHA) at Mzumbe Institute of Development Management (IDM), now Mzumbe University 1989 – 1992.
He received his theological training at St Paul’s United Theological College Limuru, Kenya between 1993 and 1996 and was awarded first degree, Bachelor of Divinity (BD). From 2001 to 2003 he joined Virginia Theological Seminary in the USA where he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies (MTS)
He was made Deacon in 1996, and was ordained Priest in 1997. He managed to serve in three different parishes that are St. Paul’s in Mpwapwa, St. Michael’s in Kongwa, and St. Peters in Kongwa, Mlanga.
As priest he also served as Chaplain to the Bishop, Diocesan Youth Secretary, Principal of Chamhawi Bible School, Area Dean for Kongwa Deanery, Coordinator Northern Zone that is Kongwa District, Coordinator for the Christian Social Service Commission Central Zone, (Education I), and as the 25th Principal of St Philip’s Theological College, Kongwa.
In July 12th, 2005 he was elected Bishop Co-Adjutor to take the leadership of the Diocese after the retirement of the first Diocesan Bishop, The Rt, Rev. Dr. Simon Chiwanga. As a result he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2006.
Jacob Chimeledya was installed as the second Diocesan Bishop on Sunday 30th September 2007.
By the grace of God he was elected as the sixth Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) and was enthroned on 18th May 2013 in Dodoma.
He is married to Mwezwa with 4 children namely, Happiness, John, Erasto Gamalieli and Ann Margreth.