St Stephen Church Anglican is a Kenyan community church located in Lowell, Ma. It was started in July 27th 1996 in Acton, Massachusetts with less than ten members. A year later, the church relocated to Lowell under the leadership of Reverend James Githetu. The church moved to Lowell due to the city's increasing number of Kenyans. Amazingly, the first service had forty people in attendance.
St. Stephen Church Lowell is located on 279 West Sixth Street, in downtown Lowell. Currently, we have a regular membership of between 350 and 450 members. Our current Vicar is Reverend Samuel Ngige Kimohu.
The church Vicar, Reverand Samuel Kimohu and the Lay Reader, Horrace ran the pastoral affairs of the church, while the church council led by the chairman Mr. David Ikanyi the day to day operations and administration of the church.
Vicar: Rev. Samuel Ngige Kimohu:
Ordained in December 21st 1986 and served as a vicar in various churches in Kenya from 1986 to 2000. He initially trained as a teacher before joining the church ministry.
He holds a bachelors degree in Bible and Theology. He trained in church industrial missions and advanced leadership in Singapore and served as the director of studies Daikonia Peace Institute in Kenya. He is currently the Archdeacon of the dioceses of the Holy Innocents of the American Anglican church. Rev. Kimohu is married with three children.
Chairman: Mr. David N. Ikanyi
David comes from a strong Christian background. Both parents were among the first Kenyan Anglicans to proclaim salvation in 1938. Born in 1961, 7th in a family of 8 Ikanyi was baptized at age one month, later went through the Sunday school and cleared the baptism catechism and was confirmed to partake holy communion by the late Bishop Obadiah Kariuki in 1974 at class six.
During his youth, he joined the Catholic Church with special interest for their youth group was vibrant but later went back to his church, the ST. Stephen Anglican Church, Thimbigua.
After migrating to America in 1992, Ikanyi joined hands with Kenyan priests and other Christians to start the first Kenyan community church in Malden. He has held the positions of the secretary, the vice chairman before becoming the chairman of the saint Stephens Anglican Church Lowell.
He attended Karuri and Kanunga high schools, Nairobi University and Quincy College. Currently practicing Nursing, happily married and a father of five, all girls.
Rev. John Herzog who is our Bishop and our Cathedral is in Scarborough New YorkBishop