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OCMC News - OCMC Missionary Dr. William Black Arrives in Kenya

by Alex Goodwin (Posted 7/24/2015)

OCMC News - OCMC Missionary Dr. William Black Arrives in Kenya
OCMC Missionary, Dr. William Black has just arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, to begin teaching at the Makarios III seminary and St. Paul University. Please keep Dr. Black in your prayers as he begins training future priests and Church leaders in Kenya.

Dr. William Black has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, as an Orthodox missionary.

Dr. Black had completed a PhD in Early Modern British History under the supervision of Prof. Eamon Duffy at Cambridge. It was during these years that Bill was first introduced to Orthodoxy through his friend, Fr. John Jillions, who then was also studying in Cambridge and serving as the Director of the Cambridge Center for Orthodox Studies. Later, Bill served as a missionary to Ethiopia and Kenya before being wlecomed into the fullness of the Orthodox Church by His Eminence Makarios, Archbishop of Kenya. Archbishop Makarios blessed Bill to continue preaching in local churches as Reader and lecturing in History and Theology before sending him back to the United States for training here at the Mission Center.

With a warm welcome as a first-time visitor to the local St. Nicholas Church of Charlottesville, VA, Bill easily offered himself in service through his US homebase while working to identify his needed support team whose prayers and financial offerings make it possible for his return in service to Kenya. Dr. Black will again be based out of Nairobi, teaching at the Makarios III Seminary and at St. Paul University. With the Archbishop's blessing, Bill had also previously helped develop the continuing education program for Orthodox priests in the Archdiocese of Kenya and a PhD program for the Departments of Theology and History in the School of Theology at St. Paul University.

Please pray for Dr. Black as he is welcomed back to Kenya to begin his service as an OCMC Missionary.

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