SDA Church Withdraws Notice Suspending ‘Controversial Pastors’

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Kenya Coast Field (KCF) has withdrawn a directive suspending several prominent pastors, citing concerns over maintaining doctrinal and organizational integrity.

The initial directive, issued on July 4, 2024, listed Pastor Kenneth Maina, Evangelist Shaban Ndege, Evangelist Millicent Odhiambo, Pastor Elizabeth Mokoro, and Evangelist Lantern as prohibited from conducting any church services. However, the church has now retracted this decision with a new letter dated July 10, 2024, signed by Pr. Eliab Ombuoro, Executive Secretary.

The controversy surrounding the suspension has sparked heated debate among church members and leaders. One of those affected by the suspension is Pastor Elizabeth Mokoro, a popular figure known for her engaging preaching style and ability to tackle real social issues.

Evangelist Shaban Ndege

Mokoro’s sermons have resonated deeply with the congregation, making her a beloved figure in the church. Her popularity has also made her a target within the church hierarchy, which appears to prefer more traditional and less engaging preaching styles.

This latest development comes shortly after the removal of Pastors Matara and Martha Isaac, who were known for incorporating humor into their sermons to the delight of worshippers. Their approach was deemed inappropriate by church leaders.

The sudden about-face by the church has left many wondering what led to the initial suspension and its subsequent withdrawal. The church has not commented on the matter, leaving many to speculate about the reasons behind the decision.

Pastors Matara and Martha Isaac