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End of an era as Bishop David Oginde hands over the baton at CITAM

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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.

Rigorous Process

CITAM Presiding Bishop Calisto Odede
Bishop Calisto Odede, the new presiding Bishop of CITAM church. He takes over from Bishop David Oginde who served for 10 years. PHOTO/COURTESY

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.

President Kenyatta at CITAM. Bishop Oginde hands over to Bishop Odede
President Uhuru Kenyatta listens to the sermon during the consecration ceremony. PHOTO/PSCU

Rev. Odede is a graduate of Kenyatta University, Trinity International University, USA, and Bethany International University, Singapore.

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Rich History

The church’s history goes back to 1952 when a missionary named John McBride arrived in Nairobi with the vision of establishing a church.

CITAM Bishop Oginde hands over to Bishop Odede
The church choir in songs of worship during the consecration ceremony. PHOTO/PSCU

“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.

Wide Network

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.  

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