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Somerset vicar to be Kenyan bishop: CEN 2.01.08 p 8. February 2, 2008

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Kenya, Church of England Newspaper, Mission Societies/Religious Orders.

The Vicar of Frome has been named Suffragan Bishop of Marsabit in the Anglican Church of Kenya’s Diocese of Kirinyaga.

The Rev. Rob Martin will be consecrated next month by the Archbishop of Kenya Benjamin Nzimbi and will take up his post in October.

Bishop-elect Martin is being sent out to Kenya by Crosslinks, the Anglican Mission agency, but will be self-supporting in his ministry. Mr. Martin read languages at Cambridge and is fluent in Swahili and speaks some Kikuyu.

Trained as a chartered accountant, Mr. Frome went out to Africa in 1978 and served as the administrator of the Diocese of Mount Kenya East for ten years before returning to train for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol.

Ordained deacon in 1991 and priest in 1992, he served his curacy in the Kingswood Team Ministry and has been Vicar of Holy Trinity, Frome for 13 years. He has also been Rural Dean of Frome for the last four years.

Mr. Martin will assist the Bishop of Kirinyaga, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Munene Ngoru oversee a diocese of five Archdeaconries, 221 congregations, 213 priests and 70,000 communicants. The Diocese of Kirinyaga was created in July, 1990 following the sub-division of the former Diocese of Mt. Kenya East. It was divided again in 1997, with the southern half forming the Diocese of Meru.

The new bishop’s episcopal area will be along Kenya’s northern border with Somalia, and centered in the town of Marabit. He will be one of three Suffragan Bishops in Kirinyaga and oversee an area the size of England.

“It’s about 400 miles from one end to the other,” he said in a press release issued by the Diocese of Bath & Wells, “with no tarmac. The only way to get around is either by flying, which I will do with the Mission Aviation Fellowship, or Land Rover. ”

“I love the country and its people,” he said. “This is a new and challenging opportunity to serve them.”

“My job will be to listen and to learn what are the Church’s and the people’s needs, find out what are their hopes and dreams and help them achieve them,” he said.


1. Norman Robson - February 5, 2008

God will have chosen the best man for the job.

I have known Rev Rob for 35 years since we trained together as accountants and it is wonderful to see how he and Sue have given their lives to God

2. Immanuel njue - March 26, 2008

Robert & Sue are my UK parents and my Kenyan Brother and Sister. They both new my parents in the early eighties; both families have maintained contact since. Alvan & Susan Njue helped fortify the Family relationship during their weekend stay with the Rob & Sue in October 2007. It is amazing how these two give themselves to serve others. Rob & Sue! you are in our prayers and will support.

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