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 150 voting commissioners, including the General Assembly Moderator and Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, officials of the previous assembly and ministers and ruling elders commissioned by their presbyteries.

Rev Julius Guantai Mwamba
Moderator 21&22 TH General Assembly
2015 to date

rev-mwamba copy.jpg Moderator Presbyterian Church of East Africa, 22rd General   Assembly. He has served as Moderator of 21st and 22nd general   assemblies from 2015 to date. Vice chairman National council of   churches of Kenya, 2018 to date, Chancellor PUEA university   2015  to date. Formerly served as Moderator PCEA St Andrews   parish Nairobi, chairman PCEA eastern region, Chairmàn NCCK   eastern region i.e in charge of nine presbyteries and nine   districts  respectively. Chair peace committee Tharaka Meru   South  District 2007/2008. Chairman Chogoria hospital   management board Parish minister. Serving in board of   management Rubate teachers college and Ikuu boys national school.

He was ordained in November 1993. A highly regarded conciliator. Led the church as it grew into great achievement both spiritually and physically. Loves his church and gave exemplary services to the church and the nation of Kenya.

Rev. David Ritho Gathanju

gathanju-pp-copy.jpg Moderator 19&20 TH General Assembly

Rev. Dr. David Githii

david-githhi-copy.jpg Moderator 17&18 TH General Assembly
Rev Jesse Kamau Macharia

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Moderator 15&16 TH General Assembly
The late Rev. Bernard Muindi :
Moderator 13&14 TH General Assembly


Bernard_Muindi.pngThe Moderator of the Generals assembly who presided over the centennial celebrations 1891_1991. He served the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (P.C.E.A.) as Deputy General Secretary until 1979 when he became the Secretary General. He served in that capacity until 1985 and was again posted to Nyeri Presbytery, where he took charge of Rware Parish. He was there until 1991, when he was elected to be the Moderator of the General Assembly. When he was the Secretary General, he was instrumental in the development of several church projects, such as the construction of the Turbo Road maisonettes in Kilimani and the Nairobi South C offices, and oversaw the implementation of these plans when he and others took the leadership in 1991. The centennial celebrations of the church took place during his first year of leadership of the P.C.E.A. His term in office as Moderator concluded in April 1997 and coincided with his retirement age. In July 27, 1997, the Nyeri Presbytery asked him to take charge of the newly inaugurated Parish of Riamukurwe, and he served as a pastor there until December 2005, when he retired officially. In 1999, he founded the Tumaini Destitute Children’s Home at Riamukurwe and subsequently amalgamated it with the Huruma Children’s Home as one Children’s Ministry. At the request of the Nyeri Presbytery, he continued to assist this ministry voluntarily after his retirement. At the same time he founded Kamunyiri Clinic (Sugarbaker Clinic) to serve the children and community.
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Rev. Dr. George Wanjau :
Moderator 11&12TH General Assembly
1985_1991

rev-wanjau.jpg Moderator Presbyterian Church of East Africa, 22rd   General   Assembly. He has served as Moderator of   21st  and 22nd general   assemblies from 2015 to date.   Vice chairman National council of   churches of Kenya,   2018 to date, Chancellor PUEA university   2015  to   date. Formerly served as Moderator PCEA St Andrews   parish Nairobi, chairman PCEA eastern region,   Chairmàn NCCK eastern region i.e in charge of nine   Presbyteries and nine   districts  respectively. Chair peace committee Tharaka Meru South  District 2007/2008. Chairman Chogoria hospital   management board Parish minister. Serving in board of   management Rubate teachers college and Ikuu boys national school.

He was ordained in November 1993. A highly regarded conciliator. Led the church as it grew into great achievement both spiritually and physically. Loves his church and gave exemplary services to the church and the nation of Kenya.

The Late Very Rev. Dr John Gatu :
Moderator 9&10 TH General Assembly
1979_1985

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Rev. Dr John Gachango Gatu, had a long adminstrative career as the Secretary General for 18 years before becoming a Moderator He, died in Nairobi at the age of 92 on 11 May 2017.

Gatu had been a member of both the central committee and the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and was a vice-moderator of the WCC's Faith and Order Commission. Active in support of the WCC Programme to Combat Racism, he also served in high offices of the National Council of Churches in Kenya and the All Africa Conference of Churches. He was one of the key organizers of the 5th Assembly of the World Council of Churches when it was held at Nairobi in 1975.


Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC, recognized John Gatu as "one of the pillars of African and world ecumenism over the past sixty years, a faithful and courageous champion of the East African Revival Movement" as well as "an agent of justice and peace." A sergeant in the colonial army prior to Kenya's independence, Gatu became a fierce advocate for liberation from western domination. In 1971, he advocated a "missionary moratorium" as proposed years before by German missiologist Walter Freytag.

Writing in the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement, John S. Pobee explained that the prososed moratorium called for a "complete halt in the sending of missionaries and funds from European and American churches to the churches of Africa, in order to enable African churches to develop their own identity and to define their mission for their time and place. Moratorium, as expounded by Gatu, was a challenge to the assumption that without the large-scale presence of western missionaries, Christianity could not survive in Africa."

Gatu encouraged the philosophy of Jitegemea (a Kiswahili word for "self-reliance") in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA). As a leader of the PCEA, Gatu was instrumental in dialogue leading to the ordination of women, approved by the General Assembly in 1976.

Noted as an author of hymns as well as journal articles and sermons, and an accomplished translator, his books included Joyfully Christian: Truly African and his recent autobiography Fan into Flame. The Daily Nation newspaper of Kenya calls the latter memoir "explosive" and observes that the church leader was never reluctant to apply Christian ethics to politics: "Dr Gatu will be remembered for speaking out against excesses of previous governments, especially that of President Daniel Moi."

John G. Gatu was born on 3 March 1925 in Kiambu, Kenya. He was educated at St Paul's United Theological College, Limuru (1951-55), New College, Edinburgh UK (1958), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary USA (1963) and Princeton Theological Seminary USA (1970-71). His wife, Rahabu Gatu, died in 2016.

The Late Jeremiah Gitau :
Moderator 7&8 TH General Assembly

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Rev. Jeremiah Gitau

He was the moderator of the seventh and eighth General Assembly.

 

The Late Very Rev. Crispus Kiongo :
Moderator 5_6 TH General Assembly


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Rev. Crispus Kiongo presides over the church during the oath crisis of 1969. He was keen in lay training, churh literature and theological education.  had a long adminstrative career as the Secretary General for 18 years before becoming a Moderator He, died in Nairobi at the age of 92 on 11 May 2017.

Rev. Kiongo was born in 1912. After teaching for more than 16 years , He was ordained in 1953 after three years of theological studies at Fort Hare in South Africa. He was keen in laytraining, church literature and theological education. He was a tu­tor at the P.C.E.A Pastoral Institute. He served the church with vigor, courage and devotion especially durin the time of the infamous oathings of 1969.  He died on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1996. 


 

The Late Very Rev. Charles Muhoho Kareri 
Moderator 3&4 TH General Assembly
1961-1967

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He was the first Afri­can Moderator during the church 3rd and 4th General Assemblies.

He was born in 1898, He was involved in translation of the psalms and was named a senior preacher in 1933 after three years sturdy under Rev RGM Calderwood. He was ordained in February 1939. From Feb 1942 - December 1945 he seerved as a chaplain of the army of the Middle East. A highly regarded concillator. Rev. C.M Kareri led the church as it grew into independence with unparalled courage and became an indigenous church with. He loved his church and gave exemplary services to the church and the nation of Kenya. He served the church until his death in 1978.

The Late Rev Robert MacPHERSON
2nd Moderator of the General Assembly
1957_1961


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He was born in scottland but spent most of his adult life serving in Kenya in several roles. He was artisan, a gifted teacher especially with languages. Early in His life he was seconded to the special services with Gospel Mission Society (GMS) at Kambui. The local reffered to Him as Miiki wa Kambui. He played a significant role in uniting the Gospel Missionary Society and the Church of Scotland Missions to form the P.C.E.A in 1943.

He was married to the only daughter of the Rev. Mr & Mrs. P. Knapp founders of the G.M.S. He is remebered for documenting PCEA Histor. He founded a teachers training college. 

 

The Late Rev Dr, R.G.M Calderwood  :
Moderator 1st  General Assembly
1956_1957

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Rev Dr, R.G.M Calderwood 

He was the first gospel minister with theological training to be posted to the british east africa. He taught the first eight ordained african ministers of the gospels. This heritage of training of church minister has continued to date: 

 

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