Citam confirms Odede as new bishop

Church delegates unanimously ratify appointment after months of waiting

Christ is the Answer Ministries (Citam) has confirmed Rev Calisto Odede as the new presiding bishop, nearly eight months after he was picked as bishop-designate.

His appointment was ratified on Saturday, October 17, during the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) conducted virtually via Zoom, paving the way for his consecration at a date yet to be announced.

Outgoing presiding bishop David Oginde said members attending the ADC unanimously approved Odede’s appointment as the incoming presiding bishop of Citam. Odede was appointed Citam’s bishop-designate on February 28, ending a year-long search for Oginde’s successor.

The ratification by the ADC was initially planned for April 25 and if everything had gone according to plan, Odede would have been consecrated and installed as Citam’s new presiding bishop on June 6. But the plans changed when churches were forced to close their doors and suspend major activities following the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in the country in March.

Until his appointment, Odede, 57, was the senior pastor of Nairobi Baptist Church, where he had served since November 2014. He joined Baptist from Citam Valley Road, where he was the senior pastor, following a mutual agreement between the two ministries.

Accepting the ADC’s approval of his appointment on Saturday, Odede said: “I do accept the nomination and the appointment. I ask you to be my prayer partners and to serve behind us (perhaps referring to himself and his wife who was standing beside him) because truly we are not equal to the task… only the Lord can show us the way forward.”