CMS-Africa, Church Mission Society’s partner organisation in Africa, has announced the appointment of the Rev Canon Moses Bushendich as its new international director.
Canon Bushendich begins his new role on 1 September 2018, taking over the leadership of CMS-Africa from the Rev Dr Dennis Tongoi, who is retiring. Canon Bushendich will be based at CMS-Africa’s office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Fondly known as Canon Bush, he has been an Anglican priest since 2002 and currently serves as the coordinator for the household and community transformation directorate of the Church of Uganda.
Since ordination, Canon Bushendich has held a variety of posts including chaplain to the archbishop of the Church of Uganda, programme officer with responsibility for food and nutritional security programmes across the province, as well as serving as a parish priest. Prior to ordination Canon Bushendich spent 10 years teaching agriculture in secondary school.
Canon Bushendich is a strategic thinker and planner with considerable experience in programme development and implementation. He is passionate about the relationship between social development and God’s mission. He holds a master’s degree in organisational leadership and management, a bachelor of divinity (hons) and a diploma in education (agriculture).
Philip Mounstephen, executive leader of Church Mission Society, commented: “Dennis Tongoi has built a wonderful foundation for his successor to build on. With his strong background in community development and his desire to see every aspect of life transformed, I expect Canon Moses will take CMS-Africa on to even greater things. We look forward to building the closest possible partnership with him.”
CMS-Africa, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in October 2018, has a vision to transform the lives of 50 million people across Africa by 2050.
Through an extensive holistic training programme designed to impact all aspects of society from family life to business, from the arts to sports, CMS-Africa’s leaders believe they can bring about economic, social, political and spiritual change to millions and have made notable progress towards this goal.
Families are taught how to handle money, women are empowered and business people are encouraged to steer clear of corruption.
The current director, Dr Tongoi, summed up the programme’s ethos by stating, "We believe in church on Monday." CMS-Africa hopes to make the programme financially sustainable by 2020.
Canon Bushendich is married to Caroline and they have five children.