ACK Diocese of Mumias
Diocese of Mumias
This Diocese was created in January 1993 on the subdivision of the Diocese of Maseno North, with headquarters at Mumias. Mumias, a centre of Islam in Western Kenya, was once a depot for pre-colonial trade, including the slave trade. The Diocese started with 18,000 members in 24 parishes served by 32 clergy. The church in Mumias feels that it is founded on the last statement of Bishop James Hannington, that his blood would be the seed of Christianity in Africa. Local tradition maintains that when Hannington passed through Mumias on his way to Uganda in 1885, he addressed people through an interpreter. He visited Nabongo Mumia at Lureko on his way to Uganda where he was murdered. Today, the Diocese has his monument standing on the ground of ACK Diocesan Headquarters with a cathedral church built there in his name, the ACK Bishop Hannington Cathedral Church, Mumias.
The first Bishop was the Rt. Rev. William C. Wesa Shikukule, consecrated on 5 August, 1993. He served until his death in 2001. The Rt. Rev Beneah Salalah Okumu took over as the second Bishop in 2002, serving until early 2017 when he resigned. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Wandera was elected Bishop and enthroned on the 4th of September 2017, becoming the 3rd Bishop of the Diocese. The Diocese has 6 Archdeaconries.
- Mumias Archdeaconry
- Lubinu Archdeaconry
- Namulungu Archdeaconry
- Munami Archdeaconry
- Musanda Archdeaconry
- Buchifu Archdeaconry
- the Rt. Rev. William C. Wesa Shikukule (1993-2001)
- The Rt. Rev Beneah Salalah Okumu (2002-2017)