Ad Clerum: Statement from Archbishop Michael Gill on the death of Bishop Andrew Mukuyamba

Ad Clerum

June 24th 2021 Number 04/21

Bishop Andrew Mukuyamba

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“Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen”

Today, we have lost a faithful and loyal soldier of Christ, our dear brother, Bishop Andrew Mukuyamba, Bishop Ordinary for the Traditional Anglican Church in Zambia. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, his clergy, and all the faithful people of the Traditional Anglican Church in Zambia.

Bishop Andrew succumbed to Covid-19, and his death will be felt throughout the Traditional Anglican Church both in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

Bishop Andrew was one of the founding clergy of the CACZ (The Continuing Anglican Church in Zambia) founded by Fr Pierre Dil. He and Fr Dil worked together to establish the Makeni Ecumenical Centre in Lusaka, an institution that flourishes to this day.

Bishop Andrew’s leadership was recognised by the Traditional Anglican Church College of Bishops, and he was consecrated a Bishop in the Church of God in 2015. Under his leadership the church has grown steadily.

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Bishop Andrew at his Consecration in Lusaka 2015. He is flanked by Canon Martin Magoleng of South Africa and Bishop Wellington Murinda of Zimbabwe. [Canon Magoleng succumbed to Covid-19 in January 2021]

As a member of the Traditional Anglican Church College of Bishops, Bishop Andrew played a part in the development of the Traditional Anglican Communion (A federation of national churches) into a single, unified global church, The Traditional Anglican Church. His calm demeanour and quiet wisdom made him a valued member of the College of Bishops, and he did much to enhance the role of Africa in the global church and further the work of the Gospel in Africa.

Bishop Andrew was a dedicated Christian, a man of prayer and sound knowledge of the Scriptures. He was a man of the Eucharist, and led his people into a strong faith and an understanding of the need for Jesus to be central in their lives.

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Bishop Andrew celebrates the Holy Eucharist together with Bishop Wellington Murinda, Bishop Stephen Strawn, Archbishop Michael Gill, Archbishop Shane Janzen (Primate of the Traditional Anglican Church) and Canon Martin Magoleng.

The Church of God is forever moving forward. It is built on the foundation of the Apostles, Prophets and Saints, and is continually built up by the faithful in every generation. Our brother, Bishop Andrew is with the Lord – may His holy Name be praised – but he has left us a strong legacy, one on which we will need to build in our time. We ask our Lord, in all humility, to use us to His glory, as He has used our brother in Christ, Bishop Andrew.

Well done thou good and faithful servant!

Archbishop Michael Gill
Traditional Anglican Church – Africa

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