Bishop Samuel Stephen Kazimba of Mityana Diocese has been announced the Archbishop-elect of the Church of Uganda.
He will replace The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali as the church’s 9th Archbishop.
On Wednesday, the House of Bishops, the body that elects the Archbishop, convened inside the Provincial Office of the Church of Uganda in Namirembe to elect Ntagali’s successor.
From a pool of top contenders, including Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa of Ankole Diocese and Bishop Samuel George Bogere Egesa from Bukedi, the House of Bishops picked Kaziimba to take over the church’s leadership after Ntagali’s departure next year.
To many, he will be seen as a surprise choice.
He will take the baton from Ntagali, who will clock 65 years of age next year in March. That is the mandatory age of retirement for a Church of Uganda Archbishop.
From today onwards, Kaziimba will be Archbishop-elect until his installation as Archbishop on March 1, 2020. He will be enthroned at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe in Kampala.
Stephen Kaziimba was born to Mr. Besweri Kaddu and Ms. Jessica Nanyonjo on 15th August 1962 at Gulama-Najja Kyaggwe. He was the first son of Jessica and Besweri. “Kaziimba” means a builder. He was named after his Grandfather Kaziimba who served as a Lay-Leader of Kinoni-Kasoga Parish and Gulama-Nyenga Parish.
Stephen grew up with his mother at Makindye 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 22nd April 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 22nd September 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 7th January who was far away serious with the lord. They are blessed with four boys: Kisakye Moses Mugalu, Muwanguzi Peter Kyeswa, Musasizi Enoch Kaziimba, and Kwagala Joseph Kaziimba. Because of their humble background, Stephen and Margaret heard a call to mentor other less privileged children making a family of 20.
1st January 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”.
He 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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