Effective Jan. 1, 2019 the Minnesota Conference implemented a district shuffle amongst the African churches. The changes and new assignments of pastors became necessary due to the growth of the African work in the Twin Cities. The African church community has grown from 1,076 members in 2015 to 1,445 members in 2018.
This district shuffle allowed the conference to assign pastoral coverage to the three church plants that did not have pastoral leadership and strengthened the conference’s long-term planning initiatives for the African work in Minnesota.
The transfer and installation of pastors in their new church districts took place between Jan. 5 and Jan. 26. Pastor Eric Mokua was installed in the Faith Church District by conference president Justin Lyons on Jan. 5. Pastor Enock Bigogo was installed at Kenyan Community District on Jan. 5 by Pastor Michael Sims, director of Planned Giving and Trust Services. On Sabbath, Jan. 19, Pastor Brian Mungandi, vice president for administration, installed Pastor Thomas Oyaro at the Light of Christ Church while Elder Dwayne Mauk, vice president for finance, installed Pastor Albert Isaboke at Maranatha District. To complete the transfers, Pastor Mungandi installed Pastor Nicodemus Nyagaka at Bethel Group on Jan. 26.
Commitment to mission
The Pastors are excited for their new assignments and motivated by their commitment to mission and delivering outstanding pastoral services. The conference is committed to expanding ministries and services in order to address the diverse needs in Minnesota. We continue to pray for the work as we carry out our mission: To help people realize they are accepted in Jesus Christ, and come to know, love, serve, and share Him. We also want to uphold and live out our vision: Recognizing that Jesus will return soon, we will all actively engage in ministry.