Katenda consecrated the Bishop of REACH-Namibia

Former priest of the Anglican Diocese of Namibia, Lukas Kaluwapa Katenda is now the head of the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of Namibia (REACH-Namibia) succeeding the first Bishop Peter Kalangula.

Kalangula, who was also the leader of the defunct Ovambo Administration, was the founding Bishop of the Church of England in Namibia, now known as REACH-Namibia.

Katenda united members of the Kalangula's Church of England in Namibia with his break-away from the Anglican Diocese of Namibia and eventually formed up the REACH-Namibia flock.

He confirmed to Nampa on Monday that he is the second Bishop of REACH-Namibia, taking over from where the late Kalangula left off.

Katenda stated that God willing and people consenting he will faithfully be looking after the REACH-Namibia flock with an aim of bringing them closer to the salvation and the Word of God.

He added that his leadership is not for money, but out of the love of the gospel. I have been troubled, but not destroyed, Katenda told those present, referring to his breaking away from Anglican Diocese of Namibia due to his difference with its top leadership.

Katenda holds a nursing qualification, besides his Master's Degree in Theology from a Theological Seminary in the United States of America.

Speaking at the same occasion, governor of the Oshana Region, Elia Irimari described Katenda as a young and revolutionary priest and reminded him of the importance of maintaining the separation between the Church and the State.

The government will not interfere in the affairs of the church, as long as the church is not posing threat to national security and social welfare, Irimari explained.

Presiding Bishop of REACH-South Africa Rt. Rev Glenn Lyons consecrate Katenda during a ceremony attended also by a member of Parliament Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, governor Usko Nghaamwa of Ohangwena Region and hundreds of members of REACH-Namibia and from other sister churches.

Source: Namibia Press Agency