The Chairman of the NCCK, Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki

The Vice Chairman, Moderator Mwamba

The Honorary Treasurer, Mr John Thiong`o

The General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary

Heads of Member Churches and Institutions

Members of Staff

Our Honorable and Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

I greet you all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord.

It is my honor and privilege to address you today during this humbling yet exhilarating occasion. I am truly humbled that the governors of the premier ecumenical body in our nation have found me worthy to serve as the General Secretary. I assure you that I will serve you with dedication, diligence and devotion, knowing that the responsibility I have taken upon my shoulders is immense. Thank you for having confidence in me.

As I assume this position, my prayer and daily confession of confidence is drawn from the words of the 23rd Psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.

Chairman of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in thanking Rev Canon Peter Karanja for the way he has steered the Council over the last 12 years. Canon Karanja, your shows are too big for one to fill, but with God’s help I will play my part. You led the Council and the wider church to achieve a lot, and your contribution will not be forgotten.

I would also like to thank those who have played a key role to make me what I am today. First is my family, led by wife Jane and our children, who constantly bless me with inspiration, support and cooperation, and my mother, brothers and sisters who have always been there for me.

I also thank the Honorable Speaker of Murang’a County Assembly, Hon Leonard Nduati Kariuki, who has been an exciting, inspiring and excellent boss, and who has taught me leadership. I also thank the Honorable Members of the County Assembly for support and cooperation as I served as your Clerk. At the national level, I thank the Society of Clerks at the Table who honored me with the privilege of serving as their Secretary General.

Archbishop Chairman I cannot fail to recognize and thank my spiritual pillars and parents, who include Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, Bishop Kabora of Nyahururu, Bishop Julius of Thika, Bishop Mutungi of Machakos, and the Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Venerable Florence.

This is not to forget all my friends and colleagues, who are too many to mention by name. Thank you for being in my life.

Chairman of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I call to mind that the National Council of Churches of Kenya is a family of Christian communions and organizations that was established way back in June 1913. Her mandate is to manifest Christian faith and mission and strengthen members to fulfill their mission. To achieve this, the Council is guided by her Vision, which is “One Church; United in Faith and Mission witnessing to Jesus Christ and Transforming Lives”; as well as her Mission, which is: “Holistic Transformation of Lives for a just, resilient and sustainable society”. To achieve the Vision and Mission, the Council has embraced five core values, these being Integrity, Professionalism, Partnership, Servanthood and Stewardship.

As such, the National Council of Churches of Kenya has been part and parcel of the life of Kenya for more than a hundred years, and will continue to do so, holding onto the motto that NCCK is “For Wananchi”.

Archbishop Chairman and members of the Executive Committee, I give you my pledge that this Vision and Mission we have received from our fathers of faith is the one we will tirelessly pursue during the time I serve as the General Secretary.

Chairman of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen, I first joined the Council in 2005 as a Senior Programme Officer for Governance and Social Services. Five years ago, I left the service of this great Council at the height of my tour of duty. Like an eagle, my wings were yearning to soar to new heights, to face new challenges. And being Clerk of the County Assembly of Murang’a presented a worthy cause. Nurturing devolution not only had historical significance but was also ground breaking. Today, I look back and rejoice in the experiences, relationships, challenges and history that being Clerk of a County Assembly has been.

Today, as I rejoin this great Council that has been serving the people of Kenya for over a century, I have a Vision, A dream.

I dream that the Church will experience a great revival, an injection of great passion for the Great Commission. I dream that our church fathers, our bishops and pastors, will unite under God and speak with One Voice, manifesting One Church, preaching One God. I dream that the Church will go out Preaching, Teaching, Healing, and Reaching all with the good news. Boys and Girls; Men and Women – all reached and enriched with apostolic teachings, prayer, fellowship and breaking of bread.

I dream of a Council that will strengthen and support the church to carry out the Great Commission in our generation.

I envision a Council that will take care for the Mwananchi; a church that will take care of the widow, the orphan, the sick, the refugee, the downtrodden, and those denied justice.

I envision a Council that will support economic empowerment of the people; that will seek improvement of standards of living of the downtrodden; that will train men and women and turn them into entrepreneurs; that will organize people to undertake economic ventures; that will provide credit to traders; that will empower each father and husband to provide for his family.

I envision a Council that will support the improvement of the education standards of the people; that will provide pastoral programmes in schools; that will establish more schools and manage them with excellence.

I envision a Council that will offer better health services to our people; that will support churches to have dispensaries, health centers and hospitals that daily touch and heal the sick.

I envision a Council that will pursue peace, justice and good governance; that will participate in governance processes; that will engage the leadership of villages, locations, wards, sub counties, counties and the nation; that will inspire all to protect and care for the environment.

And finally, I envision a Council that will the light of the world, the salt of the earth; that will inspire leaders and citizens alike to seek God’s counsel, wisdom and hope.

Chairman of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am cognizant of the fact that these aspirations are not vain wishes. We will work towards them as we implement the 7th Corporate Plan (2019 – 2023), which will cover the bigger portion of my term in office. The Corporate Plan, whose theme is “That We May Be One”, drawn from Jeremiah 32: 38 – 39, has defined the Council’s BIG FIVE AGENDA for the next five years: One, Leadership and Capacity Development; Two, Governance, peace and security; Three, Climate Change, Food Security and Natural Resource Management; Four, Education, Health and Nutrition; and, Five, Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Response.

Under my leadership, we will endeavor to design and implement innovative initiatives in to impact and transform the lives of our people through the five thematic areas.

Over the years, the Council has made strategic investments aimed at enhancing her financial sustainability. The investments, as have been defined by the Council’s Business Plan from time to time, fall under three main categories, these being Real Estate, the Resorts, and the Hospitals.

It is my aspiration that together we will join hands to improve the status of the rent generating properties of the Council so as to improve their value. In addition to Jumuia Place, Bishop Okullu Gardens and Tumaini House, we will hope to establish more on the properties that the Council owns.

Under the Jumuia Resorts brand, the Council currently has 5 hotels, namely Jumuia Conference and Beach Resort Kanamai, Jumuia Conference and Country Home Limuru, Jumuia Guest House Nakuru, Jumuia Hotel Kisumu, and Jumuia Coffee House, Nairobi. We will work together to strengthen their mission and grow their businesses so that they are profitable in the short and long term.

Under the Jumuia Hospitals brand, the Council has invested heavily in Jumuia Hospital OPD Kakamega, Jumuia Friends Hospital Kaimosi and Jumuia Hospital Huruma. The aspiration of the Council is to make these and the other facilities we will establish shall be centers of excellence providing quality and affordable health care for all. I look forward to working with all of us to achieve this dream.

In partnership with the Catholic Church, the Council in 1965 established the Christian Students Leadership Center, commonly known as Ufungamano House. The Center was to offer chaplaincy services to the students and staff of the University of Nairobi. We will work to expand the student programmes, while maintaining Ufungamano House as an ecumenical center that plays a key role in the life of the nation.

In addition to the foregoing, the Council will continue to invest effort at growing the SMEP Microfinance Bank, which is well positioned to become the premier financial institution. I foresee injection of additional capital and broadening of clientele base, which are critical for success of the bank.

Chairman of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Understanding that the responsibility on our shoulders is great, and recognizing the need to move from one glory to another, I posit that we will be guided by a focus on three Ps – Purpose, People and Prosperity.

Archbishop Chair, the purpose of the National Council of Churches of Kenya is very clear: to manifest Christian faith and mission and strengthen members to fulfil their mission. This is the purpose on which we must maintain undivided attention; the purpose onto which we will invest our energies and resources.

Secondly, Archbishop Chair, the Council is a people’s organization, just as our slogan “For Wananchi” declares. Our mission will remain the same, this being transforming lives so that Kenyans are a just, resilient and sustainable society.

Thirdly, Archbishop Chair, the Council will need to work towards prosperity for all, just as we pray in the National Anthem. In this endeavor, we will seek prosperity of the staff, whose blood, toil and sweat has made the Council great; secondly, we will seek the prosperity of the member churches and organizations, who are the flesh and blood of the Council; thirdly we work for the prosperity of all Kenyans, so that they will truly confess that because of Jesus Christ they live abundant lives; and fourthly, we will promote the prosperity of our partners, who hold our hands through thick and thin.

Chairman of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen. I once again thank you for the honor of being appointed and inducted to the position of General Secretary of the NCCK, and now I plead for your prayers, your support, and your cooperation. The task ahead is bigger than each of us individually, but together we can do it. Let us always remember the promise of God in Deuteronomy 32: 28 that one can chase a thousand, but two will chase ten thousand.

May God grant us all favour. May God bless NCCK. May God bless you all.

Thank you


Rev Chris Kinyanjui Kamau

General Secretary Designate