Rev Calisto Odede has officially been consecrated as the Presiding Bishop of Christ Is The Answer Ministries (CITAM) church.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the guests and faithful at the ceremony held at the church headquarters in Karen, Nairobi. South African cleric Rev Frank Chikane delivered the sermon during the consecration ceremony.
Rev. Odede is the third presiding Bishop of the church. He was picked after a rigorous process earlier this year, that also involved Citam Thika Road’s Ken Isige and Citam Karen’s Charles Obara as front runners.
Rev. Oginde, who earned a following both in church and academia through his rigorous debating skills and intellectual acumen, served for 10 years. He inherited the mantle from Bishop Boniface Adoyo.
Rev. Odede is a graduate of Kenyatta University, Trinity International University, USA, and Bethany International University, Singapore.
The church’s history goes back to 1952 when a missionary named John McBride arrived in Nairobi with the vision of establishing a church.
“The first church services were held at Rahimtulla Hall near Jevanjee Street. In September 1960, the Church moved to 28 Valley Road where the present CITAM Valley Road is located. The first sanctuary built by Rev. Richard Bombay was dedicated to God in October 1960. At that time the church was known as Pentecostal Evangelistic Centre,” says CITAM.
It is one of the largest evangelical churches in Kenya. It has 25 churches – including two in diaspora (USA and Romania)- and over of 100,000 congregants.