The Social Development work of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) can be traced way back from the Introduction of Christianity in the Country. As a way of taking care of the communities, Missionaries established Churches, Schools, Health facilities among other Facilities. With poverty and illiteracy being one of the major challenges that Africans generally faced across the continent, it was increasingly important for those interested in mission work to first deal with these challenges. This was one of the ways that was used to introduce the gospel of Christ to the indigenous communities in Africa, and more so here in Kenya.
In Kenya, The Anglican Church experienced growth wholly on the account that the gospel of Jesus took care of the social needs of the People. As the Late Rt. Rev. Festus Olang’ (the First African Archbishop of ACK) would put in in most of his sermons, “People got to Church to be fed with the Message of Christ and also –Bread’. Through integrating Theology and the Philosophy of Development, ACK strives to align her Development programs in a way that meets the specific needs of communities. By analyzing the contexts of people, and seeking to understand the genesis of their challenges, ACK approaches them in a programmatic way with deliberate efforts to make Christ present in the lives of Kenyans through deeds.
The (Anglican) Board of Social Services which doubles up as the ADS Kenya Board has over the years provided an avenue that allows for establishment of partnerships that support this mission to the People of Kenya. With Kenya’s ever-growing population, faced with a myriad of problems, these partnerships strategically help in mitigation against the effects of the challenges while at the same time finding permanent solutions for the same.
The Board envisions, in its programs, to mobilize people of Good will to be involved in the development work in all areas of life. As the gospel of Christ is preached, they should also have life and Have it in abundance; as assured in John 10:10. Guided by Biblical principles of Development, it seeks to stimulate the awareness in people to fully realize their potential by understanding their environment. It has established a framework that ensures that this development Takes place from the national to the Grassroots levels. This is done through continually improving the quality of people’s lives with a view of attaining household Self Sufficiency; and Challenging injustice and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
The Work is done through the Anglican Development Service(S) which has a wide network all over the country. ADS works in the areas of Advocacy, Community Development, and Climate Change adaptation, Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Development, Sustainability and Availability of Resources; and Knowledge management.
The Most Rev. Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit is the current Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya. He is also the Bishop of the All Saints Cathedral Diocese and the Bishop in Ordinary of the Kenya Defence Forces. He holds a Diploma in Theology from the Berea Theological College, Nakuru, a Degree in Divinity from the St. Paul’s University and a Master’s Degree in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods from the University of Reading, England. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Global University for lifelong Learning in California.
Prior to his Current Posting, he served as a clergy in various Dioceses within the Anglican Church in Kenya and as the Bishop of Kericho Diocese. Currently he sits on various other Organization’s Boards where he brings his knowledge in leadership and Development. He is also the Chairman of the St. Paul’s University, Limuru.
The Most Rev. Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit is committed to building the church and ensuring holistic growth within communities. Through the ACK strategic Plan 2018-2027, he intends to drive the Church’s agenda is social transformation in the country.
The Rt. Rev. Joseph Kibucwa is the current Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Kirinyaga. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Science) Degree from Moi University and a Bachelor of Arts in Divinity from St. Paul’s University, Limuru. He has previously worked as a teacher, a Diocesan Development and Lay Training Secretary and as the Provost ACK St. Thomas Cathedral and as an Archdeacon of Cathedral Archdeaconry in the ACK Diocese of Kirinyaga.
Bwibo has wide experience in Programs as well as Organizational Development, leadership and Management spanning over 20 years. He holds an MBA from the University of Nairobi and several certificates in program management and corporate governance. He has worked as a teacher and other established organizations such as National Council of Churches of Kenya, Hope for African Children Initiative and Plan International.
The Rev. Dr. Canon Rosemary Muthoni Mbogo is the Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya. A dynamic leader, trainer and manager, Dr. Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Education (University of Nairobi) and a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Biblical Counseling from the Nairobi International School of Theology. She has worked as a teacher, Head-teacher, Inspector of schools, lecturer, and University Council Member at St. Paul’s University. In addition, she is an ordained clergy in the Anglican Church. Until 2018, she was the Chairperson of the National Council of Churches. She has also been involved in other national advocacy engagements which have contributed immensely in addressing issues affecting the country. These includes, among others, the National Council of Churches of Kenya as the Commission Member.
Dr. Rosemary has also published two books namely “Woman, a vessel of Honor” and Great Potential” explores various issues that affect women and the place that they hold in the growth of a vibrant society. She passionately, highlights the dignity of women in Development both in terms of personal and community growth.
The Rt. Reverend, Julius Karanu is the Bishop of the ACK Diocese of Murang’a South. He was consecrated and enthroned as the Bishop in 2014. He sits on the Board of the ADS Mt. Kenya region.
Dr. Gaya has worked as a General Practitioner and specialist surgeon for over 25 years. He is a former Lecturer at Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret and current Chairman of ADS North Rift Region.
Esther Musili is the Executive Director of ADS Eastern Region. She holds a BA Degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from Kenyatta University. Esther has worked with ADSE for over 16 years in various capacities. She is passionate about the call to have efficient Governance in organizations and she represents the regional ADS Directors in the ADS Kenya Board.
Norman is a professional Accountant and he has served in various capacities in the Development sector including as the Regional Finance Director of Practical Action Eastern Africa. Currently, he is the Treasurer of ACK Nairobi Diocese, Chairman of Maridadi Fabrics, Finance Director with Women-For- Women, in charge of Africa and also as Vice-Chairman Biblia Sacco.
Canon Temesi holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting Option from the University of Nairobi. He is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, USA. He is qualified as a Director of Public Companies; and a certified Lead Quality Auditor by the Kenya Bureau of Standards. He is a Council member of the St. Paul’s University, Limuru and a member of the Training and Development Committee of ICPAK.
Prof William Otiende Ogara has over 25 years of experience in both the financial and Civil Society (FBO) sector. He has worked with Price water house Coopers as an auditor, CORAT Africa as the Executive Director for consultancy and research and currently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Leadership Renewal Africa. He is also an expert in coaching support and Organization Development.
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