Konde Diocese

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

With over four million members, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
(ELCT) is one of the largest Lutheran church bodies in Africa. It is led by a presiding
bishop and twenty diocesan bishops.

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Konde Diocese

  • The Konde Diocese has more than 120,000 members, seven districts, 108 pastors, 124 evangelists and 64 congregations.
  • The Gospel was brought to the area by German missionaries in 1891. The Konde Diocese, which was started in 1977, is headquartered in Tukuyu.
  • The Rev. Dr. Israel-Peter Mwakyolile is bishop of the diocese.
  • The Rev. Geofrey Samwel Mwakihaba is Assistant to the Bishop.
  • The Rev. Ikupilika Moses Mwakisimba is the General Secretary.
  • The Rev. Meshack Edward Njinga is the Deputy General Secretary for Finance, Planning and Development
  • Ms. Alice Henry Mtui is the Deputy General Secretary for Christian Nurture and Social Services

Vision statement of the Konde Diocese: “Good news and better life for all people without discrimination of any kind.”

Mission Statement: “To serve humankind holistically, spiritually, physically and mentally.”

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On a recent trip to the Konde Diocese Pastor Cliff Eshback (Holy Spirit, Lancaster) managed to get together five of the eight Gettysburg Seminary graduates for this photo.  From right to left they are:

Rev. George Mwakanyamale – class of 2017
Rev. Amani Mwaijande- class of 2013
Rev. Kumbuka Mwasanguti – class of 2011
Rev. Melkizedeck Mbilinyi – class of 2007
Rev. Bishop Ambele Mwaipopo – class of 1995

Absent from the photo are the Rev. John Mwasakilali,- class of 2015, and the Rev. Imani Chibona, class of 2009. Remembered with affection is the late Rev. Erasto Mwaipopo – class of 2005.