Former President of Umoja Presbyterian Congregation Dies

Former President of Umoja Presbyterian Congregation Dies

Ruling Elder Joram Kinyanjui Mbugua returned to his native Kenya at the beginning of June. Joram wanted to return to a warmer climate and to be back in his homeland with his family. Shortly after returning he had to check into a care facility.  On the afternoon of June 30th he had a massive cardiac incident and died at 4:30.

Joram Kinyanjui Mbugua was born on 23rd March 1940, in Kinoo Village as the first born to the late Evanson Mbugua and the late Mary Wanyora. He was brother to Gladwell Wambui Mbugua, Rahab Wanjiku Chege and the late Ruth Wanjiku Mbugua.

As a young boy he performed various duties, which included tending to his father’s cattle, goats and sheep by taking them to pasture and to the river. He started his education in 1947 at Ruthimitu Primary School, which he completed in 1954.

He was immediately employed at East African Forestry Research Organization (Muguga), now known as KARI. Later he joined Gailey & Roberts before moving, in 1959, to Standard Newspapers. His marketing experience allowed him to move to a position at Taylor Adforce in 1963, where his hard work and diligence to duty earned him several promotions. He was eventually appointed Marketing Director, the position he held until his retirement in 1998.
In his interactions with people at work, in the church or his neighbors and friends he was always cheerful and ever eager to bring them nearer to God, to love His word, and to become prayer warriors.

Joram was baptized at an early age, and was later confirmed at the age of twelve years. He was chosen as a deacon in 1978.  He was ordained as an Elder of the Church in 1982 and elected to the post of Secretary in 1985 which he held until 1988. 

He served as chairman of the Evangelism Committee in the larger Kinoo Parish as well as chief coordinator in all Parish gatherings. In his service he was so full of zeal to preach the Word of God that he would often go from door to door, distributing leaflets and Bibles to people wherever he could find them, sharing the love of God with them.

Joram was an active member of Umoja Presbyterian Church.  During the process of becoming part of the 1001 New Worshipping Communities of the PCUSA, he became President of the congregation, a post he held until his return to Kenya.  During that time the congregation secured funding and was able to bring Rev. John Alfred, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).  His ardent faith and joy in following Jesus Christ radiated in all that he did. Former Clerk of Session, Henry Kiema, said, "Joram was a true warrior."  Rev. David Alger, who moderated the session and worked closely with the congregation for over 3 years said, "Joram was a kind and thoughtful Christian leader."  This was so clear when he raised funds to help pay the medical expenses for the pastor's daughter, who was injured in an automobile accident...even before Pastor Alfred came to this country. He knew what it meant to serve and he did so joyfully.  I will miss this dear friend and brother in Christ and I pray that his leadership and faithfulness will continue to bear fruit as Umoja grows."

Joram met Pauline Njeri Kamunyu, and on 7 July 1965 they married at PCEA Ng’enda Church. She became his beloved wife for 51 years of love, sharing and companionship. They were blessed with four children namely, Robert Mbugua, Evanson Kamunyu, Mary Wanyora and Florence Wambui.

Any gifts in Joram's memory may be made to the Umoja Presbyterian Church through the Presbytery of Olympia