The Rt. Rev Bishop, Samuel Stephens Kazimba Mugalu, has been elected the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda succeeding Rt.Rev.Archbishop Stanley Ntagali who retires in March 2020.
The Archbishop- elect Kazimba was announced by dean of the province who doubles as the Bishop of Kumi Diocese Rt. Rev. Thomas Edison Irigei at the Provincial Office of the Church of Uganda, Namirembe.
According to Bishop Irigei, the new archbishop was elected under secret ballot by the house of bishops that comprised of 33 of the 37 active Diocesan and Assistant Bishops who were eligible to become archbishop. Bishop Kazimba will be installed on March 1, 2020.
Speaking at Namirembe, Kazimba, vowed to use all his objects and strength for extra purpose for people to know Jesus and make him know to the rest who have not taken his as their savior.
“This is extremely good to me, am from Kyagwe and a humble background I did not expect it. This is a chance, a big calling to serve, I call on the clergy, church of Uganda, lay leaders, government and cultural leaders to join me in serving God because without him, we are wasting our time doing nothing,” he said.
He said Mityana Diocese never expected it that he will be elected the new archbishop of church of Uganda though they prayed for him, “this is a big good shock and I will use it for holistic ministry” he added.
Archbishop Ntagali however urged church to support Kazimba in his mission to spread the gospel as well as leading the church of Uganda.
Kaziimba was born to Mr. Besweri Kaddu and Ms. Jessica Nanyonjo on August, 15 1962 at Gulama-Najja Kyaggwe and the first son of Jessica and Besweri.
Stephen grew up with his mother at Katwe who took the responsibility of his primary education in Gakuwebwa Munno Nursery and Lusaka Primary School. Life was a real challenge that he almost failed to get fees for his primary.
Kaziimba is grateful to his uncle The Late Emmanual Mukasa who was responsible for his high school education at Seeta College Mwanyanjiri.
He was baptized by Canon Y. Baddokwaya on April 22, 1973 at St. Luke Kibuye. He just admired his friends who registered for baptism responding to Canon Baddokwaya’s visit to their school. He was confirmed by Bishop Misaeri Kawuma on September 22, 1979 at Namataba Kyaggwe.
His calling started in teaching the Sunday school children in November 1979 after his confirmation. He started his ministry while in secondary school. He joined Madudu church choir in 1980. Later on he served in this church as a catechist from 1981 to 1983.
Stephen Kaziimba got married to Margaret Naggayi Bulya on January 7, 1984. They are blessed with four boys: Moses Kisakye Mugalu, Peter Muwanguzi Kyeswa, Enock Musasizi Kaziimba, and Joseph Kwagala Kaziimba. Because of their humble background, Stephen and Margaret heard a call to mentor other less privileged children making a family of 20.
On January 1, 1984, Stephen made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as his savior and lord. His thirst and vacuum for a father was quenched when he was introduced to God the father and to a big family of God’s children (John 1:12). His hope was revived and since then, his zeal is to make Christ known by word and example. He always says, “God has raised me from a Hut to a state house, From Nowhere to somewhere, From Nobody to Somebody, from Grass to grace, and from shame to fame for the Gospel.”
Kazimba was trained as a Lay-Leader at Baskerville Theological College Ngogwe in 1985 and posted to Lugazi St. Peter’s Church.
1988 – 1990 trained at Uganda Martyrs’ Seminary (Provincial Certificate), and ordained in December 1990 by Bishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo. He served as Assistant Vicar at Nakibizzi Parish in 1990 – 1994.
In 1994 – 1996, he completed his Diploma in Theology at Bishop Tucker College, and posted to Katente Parish as Parish Priest (1997 – 2000).
In 1999, he was then transferred to Mukono Cathedral as Vicar in 2000 – 2001. And here he was made Acting Provost of Mukono Cathedral by Bishop Michael Ssenyimba after his Provost Canon Matovu had been made Bishop of Central Buganda Diocese.
In July 2002 to 2003, he completed his Master’s Degree in theology (ThM) at western theology seminary, USA. In 2004 he was confirmed as the provost of St. Philip and Andrew‘s Cathedral.
2004-2007, Stephen pursued his Doctorate of Ministry at Western Seminary USA, and also made a Canon in 2007 by Bishop Elia Paul Luzinda Kizito.
He became the 4th Bishop of Mityana Diocese on 26th October 2008 replacing Bishop Dr. Dunstan Kopriano Bukenya
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