Newly elected SDA church official asks for reconciliation with losers

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 15:24 | By
Nairobi Central SDA church
Nairobi central SDA church. PHOTO/Courtesy

The newly elected Seventh Day Adventist Church ( SDA) South Kenya Conference ( SKC) Executive Secretary Pastor Lenard Aencha has rooted for reconciliation with losers in the polls to foster peace and the church’s unity.

The Executive Secretary who was speaking during an interview with People Daily Digital noted that differences emerged that shook up the church’s leadership.

He added that he was reaching out to losers to unite them for the church to heal.

"We want to reconcile the group which shifted to Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference and church officials who lost seats during the election,” Pastor Aencha told People Daily Digital at the church’s headquarters in Kisii town.

The official who replaced Pastor Tom Miyienda also said church officials will dialogue with church members who left South East Kenya Field ( SEKEF) headquartered at Omobera and joined Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC).

During the election held at Nyanchwa Adventist Teachers College, Pastors Paul Gwaro, Elijah Onyancha, Jane Mwebi and Shadrack Okari were re-elected President, Treasurer, Women Ministries and Publishing officials respectively.

Aencha, the new Executive Secretary who was Kisii University Chaplain said an Executive Committee will effect transfers to replace the new officials and make a budget to stabilize the church.

“Elections are emotive and can cause divisions. It is time of healing for the SDA church to enhance peace and unity” Pastor Aencha stated, adding that six out of eight Departmental Heads lost their seats during the election.

On the joining of faithful affiliated to the Gosere area to NCC, the official said they will reach out to the pastors and Christians in the area to reconcile them to return to SEKEF to strengthen the church.

At least 50 churches, that were shifted to SEKEF from SKC bolted out and joined NCC, claiming the conference had failed to readmit them, prompting them to join NCC.

Led by Alloys Mokono, the churches, most drawn from the south Mugirango area, said they remain under the SDA church and told SKC officials to respect their wishes and allow them to continue with their evangelization mission.

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