The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) has announced the appointment of a new General Secretary, Rev. Chris Kinyanjui.

Kinyanjui takes the mantle from Canon Peter Karanja who served as the council’s general secretary from 2007 with his second term expiring on September 30, 2019.

“The Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches of Kenya is pleased to announce the induction of the 13th General Secretary, Reverend Chris Kinyanjui Kamau,” read a statement from the council’s website.

Kinyanjui’s appointment letter was signed by Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki, the council’s chairperson on September 24, 2019, at Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru.

According to the NCCK Executive Committee, Kinyanjui, the 13th General Secretary of the council will take over leadership from October 1, 2019, following a successful induction.

An induction and prayer service for Kinyanjui, an ordained Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) priest, was conducted on September 23, 2019.

During the induction, the outgoing general secretary, presented a bible, original minutes of a 1913 meeting which gave birth to NCCK, Constitution and subsidiaries.

The new leader holds a Master’s Degree in International Economic Law, a Bachelor of Laws degree, and a Diploma in Legal Practice having admitted to the bar of High Court of Kenya Advocates in June 2, 2002.

He is also a Certified Public Secretary (CPS-K) and served Secretary of the County Assembly Service Board since 2014.

Kinyanjui worked as a Senior Programme Officer for Governance and Social Services in the National Council of Churches of Kenya between 2005 and 2014.

He is married to Jane Kinyanjui and is blessed with three daughters.

Karanja delivered a farewell speech during the induction of his successor and warned him to be wary of love for money because the unfortunate trait had sneaked its way into the church bringing ruin and disrepute to an otherwise respectable institution.

“Reverend Chris, do not allow money to be the primary focus of your life and your leadership at the Council. It is true that money is important for you to achieve the vision. God has given you and this Council, but your focus should be on God and the vision, not on money,” Karanja advised.

Photo caption: Canon Peter Karanja (right) presenting instruments of power to successors Chris Kinyanjui (left) as NCCK Chairman Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki watches on.