In January of 2013, the members of Karen Baptist Church in Nairobi asked me to become their pastor. We had been assisting Karen Baptist Church to train interpreters and start a Deaf ministry since 2011.
Karen Baptist Church was started in September 2009 by former missionary Denny Madory who was sent out of the Southwest Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. Karen Baptist Church is located on the outskirts of Nairobi in the rapidly growing suburb of Karen.
Almost weekly we have visitors from the surrounding community who want to learn more about our church. In addition to practical Bible lessons each week, our Sunday School children enjoy memorizing Bible verses and then reciting them in front of the church the first Sunday of each month. The adults who faithfully attend the adult Bible study class are steadily growing in the Lord.
Karen Baptist Church also has a Deaf ministry in which my wife and I both sign and interpret the services, Bible studies, and various meetings throughout the month. What a blessing it has been to see Deaf people saved, baptized, and discipled at Karen Baptist Church! These Deaf and others regularly attend the services. Our goal is to one day have trained interpreters at Karen Baptist Church to help in the Deaf ministry.
In addition to monthly youth meetings and quarterly ladies’ meetings, weekly evangelism opportunities allow us to reach out to those in our community, both hearing and Deaf, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Karen Baptist Church also faithfully supports several national pastors and missionaries through Faith Promise Missions giving. One of our national missionaries is Bro. Peter Kasamba, a Kenyan pastor who is currently planting a church in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Karen Baptist Church also supports Bro. Kambi, a Congolese national pastor who in recent years started a church in Bujumbura, Burundi.
In addition to supporting missionaries in other African countries, God has also allowed Karen Baptist Church to reproduce itself through planting a new church here in Kenya. It has been a blessing for us to work alongside Pastor Ephraim Olusi and his family in the ministry. Although their labor of love these past several years has not necessarily been easy, they have persevered and stayed true to the calling which God has placed on their lives. More information about this church plant can be found here: