Rev. Can. Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye was this week installed as Provost of All Saints Cathedral Kampala.
A Provost is the Parish Priest who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Cathedral for providing overall leadership to the Cathedral ministry in articulating and implementing the Vision, Mission, Objectives and entire operations of the Church while maintaining the dignity, heritage and values of the Anglican Church.
The new roles makes the University Chaplain, Uganda Christian University the first-ever female Provost in the history of the Church of Uganda.
In his speech, His Grace Stanley Ntagali urged Rev. Nyegenye and her assistant, Rev. Captain David Serunjoji to trust in God even when there will be hardships in Ministry.
“When God has called you, he anoints you; he equips you and sustains you. He never leaves his people. Those called to serve ought to be acquainted with him having a personal relationship with him through his son,” Ntagali remarked.
Who is Rev. Nyegenye?
Dr. Nyegenye, whose focus in the new role will be the completion of the new All Saints Church Cathedral which is undergoing construction – was born in a family of seven to James and Janet Efumbi in Busia district.
At the age of 12 she gave her life to Christ after watching a movie about the suffering and agony Jesus went through to save mankind at Namugodi Primary School. She later on joined Busia Senior Secondary School.
Dr Nyegenye holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University of KwaZulu-Natal, Master of Arts in Theology from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry USA, Bachelor of Divinity from Uganda Christian University, and a Certificate in Theology from Bishop Usher Wilson Theological College, Buwalasi.
She has also undergone several short courses and trainings on Bible Exposition, Alpha Global Leaders’ Training, Basic Counseling Skills, and Muslim Background Believer’s Discipleship Training.
Dr Nyegeye was Ordained in 1997 and priested in 2000 in Bukedi Diocese, 10 years after getting married to the National Equipment and Supply Chain Coordinator-National Laboratory Services in the Ministry of Health, Wilson Nyegenye.
Together, the new All Saints Cathedral Kampala Provost and her husband have three children; Dr. Ronald Peter Mukisa, Ms. Winfred Sarah Kwagala, student at Law Development Centre, and Ms. Pricilla Barbra Mirembe, a fourth-year student of Bachelor of Laws at Uganda Christian University.
She first worked at St. John’s COU in Busia as Assistant Vicar and Acting Vicar between 1996 and 1998 before moving to Uganda Christian University as the Chaplain’s Assistant in 2002. In 2004, she was promoted to Assistant Chaplain till September 3, 2012 when she was appointed Chaplain.
Her passion is in discipleship, pastoral care and counseling, evangelism, preaching and mentoring with a basic interest in research is on Biblical leadership with hope to develop church leadership.
“We want to see Christians being rooted and growing in Christ. And as a church in the city, it is our desire to train missionaries, send missionaries and lead them to share the gospel in different places,” Dr Nyegenye said after receiving a Bible, stole, Book of Common Prayer, Olive Oil, Bread and Wine, Canons and Administrative Policies and Keys of the Church as tools to guide their pastoral work.