Friday, 20 May 2016
Kenya elects Jackson Ole Sapit as Archbishop
ACNS reports: Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit elected as next Archbishop of Kenya:
Posted by Simon Sarmiento on
Friday, 20 May 2016 at 2:13pm BST
The Bishop of Kericho, the Rt Revd Jackson Ole Sapit, has today been elected to serve as the sixth Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Bishop of the Diocese of All Saints’ Cathedral.
The 52-year-old bishop was baptised in 1977 and confirmed eight years later. His first church role was as evangelist and community motivator in Narok, which he undertook from two years from 1987 before joining the Berea Theological College. He was ordained a deacon in July 1991 and a priest a year later.
He served as vicar of Belgut Parish in the diocese of Nakuru and then as vicar of Kilgoris Parish and project manager at Transmara Rural Development Programme.
Throughout this time he continued his education, gaining a Bachelor of Divinity from St Paul’s University in Nairobi and a Certificate in Research and Consultancy at Nairobi’s Daystar University. In 1997 he studied for an MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods at the UK’s University of Reading…
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Could this mean? Does it mean? Will it mean that the Archbishop-elect of Kenya will focus on a well-balanced and eager approach to Community development and working to elevate the needs, Spiritual and Physical, of his fellow Anglicans/others? Looks that way to me! BRAVO, Kenya and congratulations to Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit! JOY! Leonard Clark aka Leonardo Ricardo
I had a restless night last night, feeling a sense of burden over Jackson's new commission. He faces huge and complex challenges in his new role, and responsibility for local communities and churches who face issues of hunger, poverty, disease and marginalisation... not to mention political pressures.
May God give him grace and wisdom - and courage - and bless his ministry. There is so much human need, and such a shortfall of resources.
My daughter works in slums in Uganda, facing poverty, sickness, alcoholism, violence in her community... and sometimes political violence... the burning down of homes earlier this year. Kenya has similar tensions.
It was good to read that TEAR fund had been supporting work in Jackson's previous diocese. But there is so much to do, so much human need. Access to adequate healthcare is a huge problem. And young people cast adrift on the street.
We often anxst (with fair reason) about LGBT issues here at Thinking Anglicans, and we've probably questioned the stance of the Anglican Church in Kenya, but on the ground, Jackson is facing a huge range of problems which probably to many seem more pressing and more agonising. I pray he finds the grace and goodness, step by step, to build community and to guide the Anglican Churches along the very vulnerable fringes of his society.