Kenya Christian fellowship in America: (KCFA) was birthed in December 1991 through a vision conceived by Dr. Joe Karogi and Mrs. Mary Chege-Karogi. They became the founders and Dr. Karogi was appointed to be KCFA’s first President. They lived in Birmingham, Alabama at the time. Currently they reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Upon sharing the vision with fellow brethren, the idea was eagerly received and KCFA soon became a public Christian organization run by an elected board called the National Executive Board. This board is charged and mandated to provide fellowship and ministering to needs of the Kenyan community living in Diaspora.
The formal inauguration of KCFA took place during the first annual conference held during the weekend of November 29 – December 1, 1991 at Chula Vista Conference Center in Birmingham, Alabama. It was also during this conference that the name Kenya Christian Fellowship In America (KCFA) was adopted, and the first set of officials were elected. The first office bearers included:
Dr. Joe Karogi
Rev. Morris Kabiru (currently NEB official; 2011 – 2015)
Dr. John Githiga
Mrs. Damaris Githumbi
Dr. Rev. Joash Wambua
Mrs. Purity Kimani
Dr. Robert Ndonga
Bishop Dr. Stephen Kabachia (deceased)
Since KCFA’s inception, several gifted servants of God have served in the office of national president, including:
Dr. Duncan Kihoro (2012 – Current)
Mr. Lucas Kimani (2005 – 2012)
Rev. Dr. Joseph G. Njoroge (1997 – 2005)
Mr. Patrick Muindi (1994 – 1997)
Rev. Dr. Stephen Githumbi (1993 – 1994)
Dr. Joe Karogi (1991 – 1993)
At the time KCFA was formed, there were no established Kenyan Churches in the Diaspora and only few Kenyan Fellowships here and there. The vision to launch this vital ministry truly emanated from God who has blessed its growth from a humble beginning where twenty-two adults and ten children attended the first annual conference in 1991 to between seven hundred and a thousand people attending the annual conference annually.
As a founder, I thank God every day for men and women who graciously bought into the vision, and ran with the vision. They have provided continuity and a very strong platform for this great ministry – and much more continue to make it relevant to the 21st Century in meeting the needs of our people in Diaspora.
Dr. Joe Chege Karogi.