At the 2014 meeting of the Patriarch’s Council in Orlando, Florida, the Most Rev. Bernard Njoroge announced his retirement as a member of the Council, as General Secretary of Kenya, and as the Bishop of Nairobi. The Bishop informed the Council that he would be entering into a deeper life of prayer and contemplation. He also said that he would still want to be of assistance when the Patriarch visited Africa.
Bishop Njoroge made a life-time commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord on June 30, 1972. After this, he began preaching in homes and in the market place. He was baptized and became a member of the Anglican Church in November of 1972 and was confirmed in 1973. He joined the Church Army (the Anglican version of the Salvation Army) and for two years studied and became an Evangelist in the Anglican Church. In 1977, Bishop enrolled in the Diploma/Certificate Course in Religious Studies at Cambridge University, UK.
The same year, he was married to Helen. They were blessed with two children named Joyce and Rachel. Bishop now has one grandchild.
Bishop was ordained a Deacon in 1979 and a Priest in 1980. After ordination he worked at the Muranga Cathedral. Shortly thereafter, he began his studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada graduating with a Bachelor of Theology Degree with Distinction. In 1985, he began attending Aberdeen University, Scotland and graduated with a Masters of Theology Degree in 1988.
Bishop returned to Kenya and served in various parishes. He was appointed Diocesan Coordinator for Development for the Anglican Diocese of Mt. Kenya. He served as the Principal of the Bishop Kariuki Bible College for three years. He was a Lecturer at St. Paul’s University for five years. He was appointed by the Archbishop of Kenya to the Department of Justice and Peace and became its first Executive Director. This Department worked closely with the World Council of Churches in advocating for many of the reforms that are now enjoyed in Kenya. Though elected Bishop of Kajiado, he did not serve. In 1996, Bishop joined the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church and was consecrated Bishop in 1997. He is the senior Bishop of the ICCEC in Africa. He served as Bishop of Nairobi and as the General Secretary and Assistant Patriarchal Legate to Africa.
Bishop also studied at the University of London from 1995-1998 and obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree. From 1998 to 1999, he did a Post Graduate Diploma in Law with the Kenya School of Law and in October of 1999 was admitted as Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Bishop Njoroge also sat on the Constitutional Review Process and was a part of writing the Constitution of Kenya.
Bishop Njoroge has trained men from all denominations and I am sure will continue to be an inspiration to many in ministry.
The Patriarch said, “This retirement is unexpected, yet we rejoice in the great work of prayer that our God has set before Bishop Njoroge. Bishop has been invaluable to our work in Africa. I will be forever thankful to him and to our God for his work, his support, and his friendship. I find comfort in the knowledge that when in Africa I will be able to visit with him and Helen.”
The Patriarch will be working with the Kenyan House of Bishops as it seeks a new Bishop and will soon appoint a General Secretary for Kenya.