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On Sunday, February 24th, the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania gained eight new pastors in a moving and joyous service of ordination held at Mkwawa Lutheran Church in Iringa Town. In attendance, in addition to the Bishop, Dean-Elect, General Secretary, DIRA Treasurer, numerous district and parish pastors and other DIRA staff, were family members of the ordinands and a variety of guests, including Rev. Gary Langness (who was guest preacher) and wife Carol, myself,, and representatives of each parish to which the new ordinands have been assigned. There were also a variety of choirs from all over the diocese, adding beautiful music to the day.
The eight ordinands were presented as a group and then individually each stepped forward and declared their willingness as a pastor in the ELCT to serve wherever they are sent. They professed belief in the teachings of the church. Then each knelt at the altar railing to be blessed by the laying on of hands. They each received a stole which was made by the Rev. Sarah Mdegella, wife of the retired Bishop, who also made their albs – as she has done for many years of ordinands.
The newly-ordained pastors and the parishes to which they have been assigned are:
Together, let’s join our friends in celebrating and praying for these new pastors, their families, and the communities that they are called to serve.
Deacon April Trout, BKB Program Coordinator