With over 6.5 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-five diocesan bishops.
To learn more about the ELCT, follow this link.
The Konde Diocese has more than 125,000 members, seven church districts, 160 pastors, nearly 200 evangelists, serving more than 100 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. Edward Johnson Mwaikali is bishop of the diocese.
The Rev. Geofrey Samwel Mwakihaba is Assistant to the Bishop.
The Rev. Ikupilika Moses Mwakisimba is the General Secretary.
Mr. Boaz Mwakisilwa is the Director for Finance
Ms. Alice Henry Mtui is the Deputy General Secretary for Christian Nurture and Social Services
On a recent trip to the Konde Diocese Pastor Cliff Eshbach (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.