Rev. Dr. Jonathan Gichaara
My names are Jonathan
Gichaara, a minister of the Methodist church by God’s grace.
I am married to Elizabeth Gichaara and we have three grown up children.
Neene, our first born did her undergraduate degree at St Leo College, in Georgia, USA and a Masters from Sheffield University. Israel did his undergraduate at Sheffield Hallam and a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield. Muthomi (Mo), the last born, received his degree in Economics from Leicester University in July this year. Neene is married and lives in Nairobi with her husband Sam. The two boys work in London.
I have been a Methodist presbyter since 1985 after completing my Bachelor of Divinity (BD Hons) from St Paul’s United Theological College in Kenya.
Following my ordination, I was appointed minister for kariokor Methodist Church in Nairobi and later served as the superintendent in the same circuit.
I committed my life to the saving grace of Christ at the age of 19 in my last year of secondary school in the Kenya system of Education. After 6th form, I worked in the bank but was also heavily involved with a group where we did evangelism and witness among high school students on our own. Besides, I was one of the youth leaders in my local Methodist church in Nairobi.
In 1989, my family and I moved to America where I pursued further studies in Emory University, Atlanta Georgia. I did a MTh and a PhD in the rubric of theology and Culture.
In 1996, we returned from the US for me to teach at St Paul’s Seminary, Limuru. Afterwards the church in Kenya seconded me to Kenyatta University where I rose to the position of a senior Lecturer and University Protestant Chaplain.
During my time at Kenyatta University, I helped the Methodist church on part time basis to run Bethany Christian College in Nairobi which was bequeathed to them by Korean Missionaries who were moving their ministry to South America.
Prior to moving to Loughborough where I worked up to August 2019, I ministered in the then SICEM Circuit and later Pilgrim Circuit in Sheffield district up to 2011. God has a humour that we find ourselves back to South Yorkshire!
In my first stint in Sheffield I taught and supervised postgraduate students at the Urban Theology Unit (UTU) besides my pastoral duties at Pitsmoor and Grimesthorpe Churches. Later, I moved to Hartfield House Lane (HHL) and Trinity Firvale Methodist churches . I have continued my supervisory role as Honorary Research Fellow of Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham for one or two students on ad hoc basis.
Elizabeth is involved in an Interdenominational Intercessory ministry which meet on Sunday afternoons in Sheffield. Being in Doncaster works very well for her.
Elizabeth and I love to meet, receive and interact with friends old and new.
Our other hobbies include walking and travelling.
We are very grateful to God to be in ministry in the Doncaster Circuit. We believe this is a place of our appointment at p[resent in our faith journey and we look forward to a very fruitful ministry.
Let me take this opportunity to express our very sincere thanks for the exemplary warmth of welcome that Elizabeth and I have continued to receive from members of the whole of Doncaster Circuit.
In all things, we seek to know Christ and to make him known.
Thanks, and every blessing.
Thanks, and every blessing.