Newly consecrated bishop receives warm welcome in Niarobi

November 30, 2015 by Jonathan Foggin

Bishop Ndegwa with members of the Order of St. Mary

Kenya got its first ACC bishop when the Venerable John Kamande Ndegwa was consecrated on the Vigil of St. Simon and St. Jude, Oct. 27, 2015, at St. Stephen’s, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.  And now he has come home.

Born April 17th, 1969 in the highland town of Kericho, Bishop Ndegwa was has a diploma in theology from the Carlile Collee of Theology.  From 1994 to 1997 he served as an evangelist at St. Prisca Parish in Nairobi and later served as a network coordinator for Serving in Mission/Kenya.  He was made a deacon on December 30th, 1996 and ordered a priest on June 29th, 2007.

In January of 2007 he established the Church of the Good Shepherd in Korogocho, which has gained a reputation for its outreach work in one of Nairobi’s worst slums.  Later, he was appointed Archdeacon of the Missionary Diocese of Kenya, and at an electoral synod on June 27th, 2015 was chosen unanimously to be the first Bishop Ordinary of the diocese.

His return to Niarobi earlier this month was marked by enthusiastic reception, as parishioners and local dignitaries turned out in celebration. Representatives from the Canterbury Anglican Communion, the Roman Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church in East Africa, and the local mosque offered their prayers and congratulations.

The Bishop's return was not without challenges, though.  An El Niño phenomenon has resulted in significant flooding in Niarobi, with damage done to several parishes, particularly those in low lying areas.  The Kenyan military has been called out to assist with the situation and Bishop Ndegwa has asked for prayers and assistance from the wider church.

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