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Dr. Bill Black

Serving in Kenya

Dr. Joseph William Black is an OCMC Missionary serving in Nairobi, Kenya under the Omophorion of Archbishop Makarios of Kenya. Bill is a lecturer at Makarios III Patriarchal Orthodox Seminary. He is also Senior Lecturer in History and Theology at St. Paul’s University in Limuru and Nairobi.

Before his conversion to Orthodoxy in 2011, Bill served as a Presbyterian pastor for 22 years and as an Evangelical missionary in Ethiopia and Kenya, teaching in graduate schools of theology. Upon becoming Orthodox, Bill was asked to teach theology at St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya. In 2015, Bill became a full-time missionary with OCMC in Nairobi, Kenya. There he taught courses at both the Orthodox seminary and St. Paul's University, as well as assisting the Archbishop with various projects.

In 2018, Bill moved to Kisumu, Kenya to assist His Grace Bishop Athanasius of blessed memory. As well as helpingi with educational and stewardship programs, Bill also helped establish a new Orthodox parish in Kisumu, St. Moses of Africa Orthodox Church. Bill also preached on a regular basis, both at St. Moses and many other parishes. He was ordained a sub-deacon by Bishop Athanasius in 2019.

Bill is returning to Nairobi this year (2020) to resume his work under the blessing of Archbishop Makarios at both the Orthodox seminary and St. Paul's University.

Bill has two grown daughters. Linnea, the oldest, is married to William and they have two young sons, James and Jack. They live in Richmond, VA. Caroline, the younger, is married to Will and they have a young daughter, Annelise. They live in Kigali, Rwanda. Bill loves music (he sings, plays the viola and piano). He also likes getting his hands dirty by working in the garden or with plants. And he likes to run.

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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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