ELCT Press Release
Date: July 24, 2014
Press release No. 002/07/2014

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Massangwa becomes the new Bishop of North Central Diocese

The 23rd Assembly of the North Central Diocese held at Peace House Secondary School in Arusha has unanimously elected Rev. Solomon Jacob Massangwa to become the new Bishop replacing the late Bishop Dr Thomas Laiser who passed on February last year.

The assembly held 21 – 25 July this year also elected Rev. Gideon Paulo Kivuyo to become Assistant to the Bishop to replace Rev. Massangwa who held the position for four years prior to being elected Bishop on 22 July.

Bishop-elect Massangwa was born 12 Feb 1953 at Oloirien in Arusha. He studied for BA in Social Science and Minor in Political Science degree 2003 -2008 at the Nairobi-based Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He was awarded a Theology Certificate in 1981 by Lutheran Theological College Makumira now known as Tumaini University Makumira (TUMA). He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management of Development Projects from CUEA.

He brings with him 32 years of experience as pastor in the diocese. having served in various capacities including Parish pastor for 10 years; District Pastor for 17 years as well as Interim Leader of the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) for the past one year.

Rev. Massangwa is married to Janeth and together they are blessed with four children.

Rev. Kivuyo was born 23 Jan 1967 and is graduate of TUMA having studied for Bachelor of Divinity (BD) from 1996 - 2001 and took Master of Theology (MTh) training in Tainan, Taiwan 2004 -2005. He has served in various capacities in the diocese including Parish pastor for 10 years, Chaplain for 3 years, Mission and Evangelism Secretary, Acting General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary the position he was holding until 22 July.

He is married and blessed with three children.

The diocese holds it assemblies every two years. The assembly is the highest decision making body and elections are held every six years. Among other things participants receive and discuss the reports of the Bishop and General Secretary as well as adopt recommendations giving direction on life and work of the church in the coming period.

Bishop-elect Solomon Massangwa giving his acceptance speech flanked by the ELCT Pesiding Bishop Dr Alex Malasusa and Assistant Bishop Rev Gideon Kivuyo (on his left).


Elizabeth Lobulu
Communication Coordinator,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Box 3033, ARUSHA, Tanzania.
Phone: +255-27-250-8856/7
FAX: +255-27-254-8858
E-mail: Elizabeth Lobulu <ELobulu@elct.or.tz>

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For more information contact:

Elizabeth Lobulu
Communication Desk Officer, ELCT
E-mail: ELobulu@elct.or.tz