Odongo elected new head of born-agains

Bishop Joshua Lwere, the outgoing General Overseer of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches, hands over office to Moses Odongo in Kampala on May 16. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • The new archbishop has promised to rally unity among Pentecostal churches, besides fighting homosexuality. 

Bishop Dr Moses Odongo is now the Archbishop of the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches in Uganda (NFBPC), replacing Bishop Joshua Lwere who has served for the last 10 years.

Mr Richard Magongo, the national public relations officer of NFBPC in a statement, said the new archbishop was elected through a free and fair election.

“On March 16, NFBPC elected a new general overseer, Bishop Moses Odongo who took over office on May 16, awaiting a national consecration,” the statement reads in part.

“Bishop Moses Odongo contested with five other candidates and won with 709 votes. The second candidate followed with 263 votes. There were 1,218 voters who had travelled from all over the country to elect their new Archbishop,” the statement adds.

The newly-elected archbishop contested against Michael Kyazze, Joseph Nsubuga, George Oduch, Leonard Sserwadda and Fredrick Ssemazzi.

As the new General Overseer, Archbishop Odongo is responsible for overseeing all Pentecostal/Born Again Churches activities in Uganda. 
In his remark, he promised to strengthen the leadership system by uniting Pentecostal and evangelistic churches.
The archbishop also vowed to fight homosexuality, a hot topic in the country following the enactment of the Anti-homosexuality law. 
“We are going to fight homosexuality since our culture is against it. So our pastors should always focus on preaching the gospel and making our own money,” he said shortly after he had won the elections.
The archbishop label his appointment “a calling from God”
NFBPC, which started in 1990, brings together more than 50,000 registered churches together under the Pentecostal/Born Again Churches (BAC) umbrella organisation.