Celebrating Impact

Sometimes friendship, teaching and research overlap. We discovered in our Africa Leadership Study that a number of the most influential Christian organizations in Kenya have AIU-NEGST graduates as both the top and assistant leaders. Two prominent examples: The sister organization to InterVarsity in the USA – Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS) has 42,000 university students involved in its ministry in Kenya and has evangelized, discipled and trained many Kenyan leaders. National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) influences everyone from the government down.

Now some of these leaders are being replaced….by more recent NEGST graduates and friends of ours. Please celebrate with them (and yourself for your indirect impact). Also pray with them as they take up these significant responsibilities.

Below…I taught George in a couple of my classes and Mary in many since she graduated with her MA in Missions. Both are now PhD students. They also are great parents.


George and Mary Ogalo family, AIU alumni

“Mr. George Odhiambo Ogalo (pictured with his family) has been appointed as the next National Director of FOCUS Kenya with effect from 1st December 2014 for an initial period of five (5) years.

(From the FOCUS facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/focus.enya )


“The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has a new Deputy General Secretary.  Dr. Nelson Makanda Ndonga was today appointed  by the NCCK’s Executive Committee meeting held at Limuru to succeed Oliver Kisaka who formally retires next month.


AIU alumni leading NCCK

General Secretary Reverend Canon Peter Karanja, the incoming Deputy General Secretary Nelson Makanda and his predecessor Mr. Oliver Kisaka [All of these are NEGST graduates]

Makanda has vast experience, and holds a PhD in Biblical studies from Africa International University, Masters of Biblical studies and a Bachelors of Education degree from Egerton university.”

(From the NCCK page through this link  http://www.ncck.org/newsite2/index.php/information/news/364-makanda-picked-to-succeed-kisaka)

From our ALS report: The Deputy General Secretary is the principal assistant to the General Secretary. His office facilitates the theological aspects of NCCK’s work, which includes promoting spiritual formation, cooperation among members, and unity of vision in NCCK’s work.  Key engagements by this office include curriculum development for theological training within the membership.