Members vow to block SDA pastor from ascending to church position
Members of a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church based in Kayole, Nairobi has vowed to block their lead pastor from accessing the premises following differences within its administration.
Tumaini SDA pastor, Harun Muturi has denied knowledge of the wrangles that threaten to split the church down the middle.
“You cannot report something you don’t know. You cannot report anything. You ask those who invited you, I am a pastor and I don’t know anything of the sort.
You talk to them and tell them to take you to their church, but not my church.
They are not my members,” Muturi said in a telephone conversation before disconnecting the call.
The SDA church has been embroiled in leadership wrangles at its various churches since last year.
In April last year, leadership wrangles emerged at the Nairobi Central SDA church – an entity that is run administratively by the Central Kenya Conference (CKC) - in the process causing divisions as one faction registered a new conference.
A faction led by some elders created the Nairobi Cosmopolitan Conference (NCC), which was registered on March 15, 2019 and kicked off its operations from temporary premises in the City Centre.
Last Saturday, there was tension at the Tumaini Church as members camped at the church premises threatening to disrupt a church meeting convened by Muturi.
“We have been here since morning waiting for him to come. He has been issued with a notification from our district office not to conduct any church business meeting, and we are here to ensure that he obeys,” said some of the elders who spoke to People Daily.
A letter seen by this writer from the East Nairobi Field office signed by John Okemwa, the Executive Secretary and HR Manager on July 17 directs the embattled pastor not to conduct any business meeting of the church to address any disciplinary matters.