Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich has been elected the new Bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Kitale diocese, taking over from the retiring Bishop Stephen Kewasis.
Chemengich emerged the winner with all the 23 Electoral College members electing him against Rev. Kimtai and Venerable Canon Polycarp Kibiwot from West Pokot County at an election held at the church on Saturday.
Kitale diocese covers Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Turkana counties with 353 churches, 67 parishes and 8 Archdeaconries.
Speaking after being elected, Bishop Chemengich promised to provide programs that would enhance spiritual growth of the members of the church.
He also said he would mobilize resources that would see service to the community improved and general infrastructure of the church given a facelift.
The Bishop elect called for a united workforce even from his competitors and all the other members of the fraternity to ensure that the vision of the church is attained.
The elections were conducted by 23 members of the Electoral College. Seven of the Electoral College members came from the ACK National church while 16 of the remaining came from the Kitale Synod. From the 16, eight were picked from the clergy while the other eight were lay people.
I accept this appointment to serve as your Bishop. I fell humbled and would strive to offer the best leadership to transform lives of the church members for spiritual growth, he said.
Members of the church exuded confidence in Bishop Chemengich, urging him to restore spirituality in the ACK church and shun any form of dictatorship.
They said the church has been facing challenges that have left some of the members and leaders in a confrontational situation.
They asked the Bishop to be listening to every member and use wisdom in his leadership.
Those from West Pokot asked the county to emulate what has happened in Trans Nzoia in conducting free and fair elections.
The Bishop elect promised the members that he has the capacity to provide better leadership to them.
Chemengich started as a deacon in 1992, entered into priesthood in 1993 and has since served as Theological Seminarian.
He has also served in parishes in Eldoret and in 1994, the Bishop elect went for studies in the United States of America (USA) where he attained three Masters Degrees in Theology at Westminster University Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Master of Sacred Theology from Lutheren Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Lutheran Theological seminary.
During his studies in the USA, Chemengich served with the large Anglican Church and Episcopal Church of the United States of America.
Chemengich returned to Kenya in 2005 and then proceeded to serve as the Principal of African Theological Seminary (ATS) in Kitale till 2013.
From 2014, Chemengich assumed responsibility of the Executive Director of Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA).
Chemengich together with his wife founded Mwamba Foundation, an organization offering high school scholarships to needy students.
Source: Kenya News Agency