Saint Paul Alumni Becomes Congo Bishop

Saint Paul School of Theology alumni, Rev. Mande Muyombo was elected as a United Methodist Bishop to the Congo. Muyombo received his Master of Divinity degree with an Ethics/Church and Society Concentration in 2010 and his Doctor of Ministry as part of the Children and Poverty in a Globalized Economy cohort in 2015. 

“Bishop Muyombo’s praxis thesis, Affirming Human Dignity of Former Child Combatants: A Collaborative Ministry Model Between Kamina-Ville United Methodist Church and Kamina Methodist University, exemplifies the value of collaborative relationships,” said Dr. Angela Sims, Saint Paul Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies. “Brother Guy’s work on behalf and with child soldiers and the communities in which they reside is a reminder that we are called to affirm the humanity in all of God’s children.”

Story from United Methodist News Service

By Eveline Chikwanah
Chikwanah is a communicator of the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference

March 18, 2017 | KAMINA, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS)

The Rev. Mande Muyombo, an executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, has been elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference.

Muyombo, 44, was elected March 18 at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina.  On the fourth ballot, he was the only candidate and received 278 votes. The other two candidates had withdrawn.

“I am committed to working towards the unity of The United Methodist Church because I am a product

The Rev. Mande Muyombo helps lead opening worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

of the UMC connection,” said Muyombo.

At Global Ministries, he has been executive director for Global Mission Connections with responsibility for the mission agency’s regional offices.

Muyombo is the first graduate from Africa University to be elected bishop and is the youngest bishop in the Congo Central Conference. “I am ready for the new role as bishop. I have been involved in mission from everywhere to everywhere,” he said.

Muyombo was the fourth and final bishop elected by the 292 delegates at the Congo Central Conference.

Three Congolese bishops were retiring: Bishop Kainda Katembo, South Congo; Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo, North Katanga, and Bishop David Yemba, Central Congo.

Muyombo was born in a poor family in Kambove village in Haut Katanga province. His father had two wives and 16 children.

“The UMC enabled me to go to school, and my ministerial training unfolded at Africa University and Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas, U.S. After working as president of Kamina Methodist University, I was called to serve as executive secretary for Africa at General Board of Global Ministries and later promoted to assistant general secretary in the mission evangelism department,” Muyombo said.

He said he is grateful to Ntambo and to Thomas Kemper, top executive for Global Ministries, who shaped his ministerial experience. 

Muyombo is married to Blandine Muzhinga, and they have three daughters and a son.

A consecration service for the three new bishops was held March 19 at Wakadilo Conference Centre, Kamina.

 
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