The General Assembly 

The General Assembly is the governing body of the whole church and the highest court of appeal in judicial matters. It consists of approximately 400 voting commissioners, including the General Assembly officilas, past G.A moderator, stated clerks of the previous assembly, ministers and ruling elders commissioned by their presbyteries.

The 23rd GenePCEA Parity transparentral Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of East Africa was held online on April 5, 2021. The Assembly considers matters affecting the ministry and mission of our denomination. Commissioners, who are responsible for the business of Assembly, discerns and make decisions. At Assembly the next General Assembly nominated office bearers are installed. The Assembly acts and proceedings are streamed live through the church online platform and on Kirk TV. All reports, recommendations and general information are posted to the church website.

 

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Vision

General Assembly Work

The General Assembly normal meets, for convinience at St. Andrew's Church, Nairobi, at least once every three years. 

Mission

To be a Great and Dynamic Godly Model Church for holistic Service in Pursuance of the Great Commission.

Vision

To Empower, Equip, Build & Transform God’s people for effective service through Preaching, Teaching & Witnessing in words & deeds.

General Assembly Officials

The General Assembly is the governing body of the whole church.
Rt. Rev. Patrick Thegu Mutahi
Rt. Rev. Patrick Thegu Mutahi 23rd General Assembly Moderator [email protected]
The Moderator is the most senior office bearer within the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. The Moderator of the G.A shall be regarded as a “Father-in-God” to all ministers, elders and congregational members of the Church. As such, he shall be accorded the highest honor and respect in accordance with this office. The serving Moderator is given the honorific style, Right Reverend. Former Moderators are known as Very Reverend, former moderators are also considered to be the church Fathers.The moderator is the ceremonial leader of the church in the nation events and international events wherever the church need representation. He is mandated to speak ob behalf of the church on respective matters.

Past General Assembly Moderators.

The Moderator of the current General Assembly is styled "The Right Reverend" while past General Assembly Moderators are styled "The Very Revend". The folowing is a list of the Moderators of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa from its inception to the present.  

 
Very Rev. Dr. Julius G. Mwamba
Very Rev. Dr. Julius G. Mwamba21st & 22nd G.A (2015_2021)
 
Very Rev. Dr. Jesse Kamau
Very Rev. Dr. Jesse Kamau15th & 16th (1997_2003)
 
Very Rev. Dr. John Gatu
Very Rev. Dr. John Gatu9th & 10th G.A (1979_1985)
 
Rev. Charles Muhoro Kareri
Rev. Charles Muhoro Kareri3rd & 4th G.A (1961_1967)
Very Rev. David Gathanju
Very Rev. David Gathanju19th & 20th (2009_2015)
 
Very Rev. Bernard Muindi
Very Rev. Bernard Muindi13th & 14th G.A (1991_1997)
 
Very Rev. Jeremiah Gitau
Very Rev. Jeremiah Gitau7th & 8th G.A (1973_1979)
 
Rev. Robert Macpherson
Rev. Robert Macpherson2nd G.A : (1957_1961)
Very Rev. Dr. David Githii
Very Rev. Dr. David Githii17th & 18th G.A (2003_2009)
 
Very Rev. Dr. George Wanjau
Very Rev. Dr. George Wanjau11th & 12th G.A (1985_1991)
 
Very Rev. Crispus Kiongo
Very Rev. Crispus Kiongo5th & 6th G.A ( 1967_1973)
 
Rev. RGM Calderwood
Rev. RGM Calderwood1st G.A (1956_1957)
General Assembly Office
General Assembly Office The Secretary General
The General Assembly appoints a Secretary General who is responsible for the administrative and day-to-day duties in the running of the Office of the General Assembly. The Secretary General shall be the executive officer of the Church in ensuring that all Standing Committees of the General Assembly, as well as Presbyteries or regional councils, take necessary actions on the deliberations referred to them by the G.A, the G.A.C or the Business Committee. The term of office for the Secretary General shall be for six years in the first instance, unless the General Assembly decides otherwise.

23 General Assembly secretary General

Rev. Dr. Robert Waihenya ngugi

After serving in the legal profession for four years, Rev. Robert Waihenya responded to his long time calling into the Holy Ministry. After training, he was ordained as a Minister with the Presbyterian church of East Africa (P.C.E.A.) in 2003. He was licensed and ordained within Limuru Presbytery and served within the same presbytery for three years. Later he was transferred to Ngong Presbytery where he became the Presbytery Clerk for a term of three years. He was later transferred to Nyeri Hill Presbytery after his studies in the USA and there, he again served as the Presbytery Moderator for three years. After this, he was transferred to the Head Office Nairobi where he became the Director of Missions and Social Responsibilities Board.

Robert completed his PhD at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and specialized in Pastoral Theology, with a dissertation titled: The Effects of Ethnicity on Evangelization in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa: A case Study of P.C.E.A. Nairobi Region. He holds two Masters Degrees; the first one in Pastoral Theology awarded by the Catholic University of Eastern Africa thesis being Impact of Pentecostalism to Christian Life in the Mainstream Churches: A Pastoral Study of Ongata Rongai in Kajiado County Area in Kenya. The second Master’s degree was awarded by the Columbia Theological Seminary in the USA and the thesis of this was The Fall of the Social Authority in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. His Bachelor of Theology degree was awarded by the Presbyterian University of East Africa.

He is currently the National Director of The Missions and Social Responsibilities Board in P.C.E.A. Church. His role includes coordinating and planning the mission work, planting and building of new churches, overseeing the support of the personnel in the mission fields, ecumenical bodies coordination, partnerships coordination, fund raising for mission work, and advising the whole church on mission gaps and needs among others. Robert is married to Lucy Wangari since 1998 and they have three children: two boys and one girl. They also have three adopted children: two girls and one boy. Robert’s main interests in the ministry are working with the vulnerable groups, projects planning, resource mobilization and preaching. His philosophy is “none can do it alone for none is smarter and stronger than all of us.”

Previous General Assembly Secretary General

 
Rev. Paul kariuki
Rev. Paul kariuki22 General Assembly (Ag.)
 
Rev. Patrick Rukenya
Rev. Patrick Rukenya15th & 16th General Assembly
 
Late Rev. John Gatu
Late Rev. John Gatu4th - 8th General Assembly
Late Rev. Peter Kania
Late Rev. Peter Kania21st & 22 General Assembly
 
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki13th & 14th General Assembly
 
Rev. Lamont
Rev. Lamont3rd & 2nd General Assembly
Rev. Festus K. Gitonga
Rev. Festus K. Gitonga19th & 20th General Assembly
 
Rev. Pawlson Kuria
Rev. Pawlson Kuria11th & 12th General Assembly
 
Lt. Rev. R.G.M Calderwood
Lt. Rev. R.G.M Calderwood1st & 2nd General Assembly
Rev. Samuel Muriguh
Rev. Samuel Muriguh17th & 18th General Assembly
 
Lt. Rev. Bernard Muindi
Lt. Rev. Bernard Muindi9th & 10th General Assembly
 
Deputy Secretary General
Deputy Secretary General General Assembly Office
The Deputy Secretary General shall be appointed by the General Assembly on recommendation by the Nominations Committee, that is, the Business Committee, in accordance with the procedure already laid down for the appointment by the General Assembly. The deciding vote is a simple majority of the Presbyteries votes. The Deputy Secretary General shall in all matters, work in consultation with the Secretary General for the smooth running of the Office of the General Assembly and the Church as a whole.

Qualifications of Deputy Secretary General

Deputy Secretary General shall be an ordained PCEA Minister between 30-56 years of age, and shall have had at least six years service without break after ordination. He must be serving a Parish or institute, having been placed there by the Appointments Committee. He must be acquainted with the general administration of the PCEA and have experience in running Church Courts like Parish Sessions and Presbyteries, and committees like the Business Committee. Must have demonstrated the ability to lead and to initiate discussions without necessarily sticking to his own views every time. He should be a temperate person, a conciliator, honest, trustworthy in all his dealings, be a person of good reputation both outside and inside the Church.

Duties of the Deputy Secretary General

  • Maintenance of effective liaison with the Presbyteries, a three-fold task: I.e. to secure effective communication between the General Assembly and the Presbyteries, to consult with the Presbyteries regarding the implementation of General Assembly policies, and arising from his contacts with Presbyteries, to advise and inform the Secretary General regarding developments in the Church.
  • He shall also shall represent the Secretary General in the Standing Committees and the Boards of Governors of schools/institutions, and to deal with all matters that relate to those committees and boards, when so requested by the Secretary General.
  • He will be the secretary of the Appointments Committee.
  • His office shall deal with the Immigration Department in connection with work permits for expatriates; to deal with other documents which come under this department, and deal with all visitors.

He shall be appointed the Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly, for the time being, as the Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly, be in charge of the Assembly Office in the absence of the Secretary General,

Duration of office

The appointment shall be for a period of four years without extension. Should the demission of the officer’s term of office coincide with that of Secretary General, the Business Committee should give special guidance in order to maintain continuity.

The Honorary Treasurer
The Honorary Treasurer Office of the General Assembly
The Honorary Treasurer shall be appointed by the GA, on recommendation by the Nominations Committee, that is, the Business Committee, in accordance with the procedure already laid down for the appointment by the General Assembly. The deciding vote is a simple majority of the Presbyteries votes. The appointment shall be for three years and he shall be eligible for reappointment. Presbyteries shall be asked to provide names of nominees to the Business Committee.
  1. Qualification
  2. He shall be conversant with the financial affairs of the Church and be a committed Christian who’ has already proven his capabilities elsewhere in the Church.
  3. He shall have the right of access to all relevant account books and other documents of the Finance Department of the Church.
  4. He shall have the right to draw to the attention of the Standing Committees of the GA any financial irregularity or omission, and recommend any course of action which may be considered desirable, through the Finance Committee,
  5. He shall be a member of the Business Committee, the GAC and the GA.
  6. The Honorary Treasurer shall automatically become the chairman of the Finance Committee of the General Assembly.
  7. He shall be responsible for presenting financial statements of accounts to the GA and the GAC, assisted by the Finance Officer.
  8. The office of the Honorary Treasurer of PCEA shall not carry any financial remuneration.
  9. He shall be entitled to reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred while on duty as approved by the Finance Committee.
  10. In the event of his resignation, disability or death while in office, the deputy shall automatically take over the work of the honorary treasurer until arrangements can be made for the GAC to confirm the appointment of the deputy as Honorary Treasurer, or appoint an acting Honorary Treasurer from the members of the Finance Committee, or call for election in accordance with the procedure already described in the Constitution, or do otherwise as may seem right.

Courts of the Church

Power and functions

The following are the courts of the church and their membership. 

Church Courts

General Assembly

The General Assembly

The General Assembly being the supreme Court of the Church, has the right and the power to legislate and adjudicate finally in all matters of doctrine, worship, discipline and government in the Church.

In the discharge of its legislative function, its findings are embodied in Legislative Acts which declare the mind of the Church on all matters of doc­trine, worship, discipline and government. When any proposed Act of Assem­bly involves changes of substance in matters of doctrine, worship, discipline or government, it must first be sent down under the Barrier Act to Presbyteries for their consideration and can be finally passed only after the approval of a majority of Presbyteries has been obtained. Regulations of urgent importance, however, may be granted recognition in practice as Interim Acts until the approval of Presbyteries has been given. In judicial and administrative matters, the decisions of the General Assem­bly are embodied in resolutions.

Being the supreme Court of the Church, the decisions of the General Assembly on any matter, whether on the merits of a case or of procedure, are final; but, although there is no Court to which an appeal from a decision of the General Assembly can be taken, it is open to any member who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Assembly to have his dissent record in the minutes, provided that he makes the request immediately after the decision is announced and before the Assembly proceeds to other business.

The General Assembly may refer any matter before it to a special com­mission of its members. The powers of any such commission arise from and are limited to the Act or resolution of the Assembly by which it was ap­pointed; and these powers and terms of reference of the special commission as a whole must therefore be carefully defined therein.

Membership 

  • Officials of the General Assembly
  • Co-opted business members 
  • Past Moderators 
  • 2/3 Ministers of the Presbytery paired
  • 1/3 retired Ministers paired
  • Departmental heads 

Church Committees & Boards

Power and functions

The following are the courts of the church and their membership. 

Church Committee and Boards

Finance Committee

The Finance Commitee.

The Finance Committee of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa consists of a __________ executive board which meets twice each month and a twenty-member full board which meets four times each year. Members of the executive board presently include:

The full board includes all of the above mentioned members plus the treasurer from each of the Presbyteries and one representative of the Hospital Board. Both the executive and full board of the Finance Committee are responsible for all decisions concerning the Church’s finances: budgets, salaries, taxes, property holdings, grants, investments, loans, etc.

Contacts Us

General Assembly Docket

General Assembly Reports from our Presbteries, Church sponosred institutions, various church projects and Departments are all contained in what we commonly refer to the Docket. This the book containg all the information regardingall of the business to the General Assembly, guidelines, standing orders, acats and the proceeding. Reports to the 2021 General Assembly have now been posted to the church website and are available for both commissioners and others to see. All information relating to the Assembly will be found on the Docket.

Date : 15-18 April 2015

23rd -General Assembly Docket

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