Alumnus Elected Bishop of Shyira

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Apr 07, 2010 by Natalie Corbin | 0 Comments

Rt. Rev. John Rucyahana, the Bishop of Shyira in the Province of Rwanda, announced he will step down from office upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65.  Speaking to the Rwandan press last week, Bishop Rucyahana said he still had the “energy” to serve as bishop, but “every bishop who clocks 65 years should retire. What is important is not finishing what you started but what foundation you laid for others,” he said.

In January the Rwandan House of Bishops unanimously elected the Rev. Dr Laurent Mbanda (MA Christian Education) as bishop-coadjutor of Shyira. Bishop-elect Mbanda was consecrated on March 28, and will assume responsibility for the diocese on Nov 14.

As a child Dr. Mbanda left Rwanda with his family for Kenya following a pogrom of Tutsis. He is currently the Regional Vice President for Africa of Compassion International and a graduate of Kenya Highlands Bible College. He holds an M.A. in Christian education from Denver Seminary and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has served as Country Director in Burundi with Campus Crusade, Director of the African Fellowship Ministry for International Students Inc, and as African Director for Christian Aid Mission.

Click here to read the full article on Bishop Rucyahana’s retirement and Dr. Mbanda’s election.

(Taken from geoconger posting, first published in The Church of England Newspaper.)

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