Kenya Mission Network Council Leadership
The Kenya Mission Network is an unincorporated, interrelated association of Presbyteries, Churches, individuals, and mission agencies that are partnered in missions between the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and other collaborating organizations. The officers and members of the Kenya Mission Network Council are volunteers who are elected at KMN conferences. The Council is responsible for on-going operations, accounting, conferences, and this website. The 2018 Council leaders are listed below.
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Timothy N. Ngare, Moderator
Tim Ngare is a long-time resident of the City of Detroit and a registered Certified Public Account in Michigan. He is an Elder in the Detroit Calvary Presbyterian Church and an active member of the Detroit Presbytery, serving as chair of the Thika Partnership Work Group and a member of the Mission Interpretation Team. Having retired as Interim Treasurer for the City of Detroit, he now serves as volunteer treasurer for the Presbytery of Detroit.
The Rev. Dr. Roderic P. (Rod) Frohman, Past Moderator
Rod Frohman is a fourth-generation pastor, having been a city pastor for over 45 years. He has served congregations in Philadelphia, Gary, Minneapolis, and Rochester, New York, where he retired in 2012 after directing a very active outreach ministry at Third Presbyterian Church. Rod's retirement focus is adult education and congregational mission. As a council member and Immediate Past Moderator of the Kenya Mission Network, he advocates best practices for mission partnerships in Kenya.
The Rev. Gretchen Denton, Secretary
Gretchen Denton is a retired PC(USA) pastor whose specialty was interim ministry. She and her husband Doug live in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and are part of the Detroit Presbytery's Thika Partnership Work Group. Gretchen is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian who enjoys reading, gardening, and grandchildren gazing.
Mary-Stuart Alderman, Treasurer
Mary-Stuart Alderman is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and a long-time member of the church's Global Outreach Ministry. She has served as both a Deacon and an Elder, and she leads First Presbyterian's Bahati Scholarship Program, which provides secondary education to homeless students in partnership with Nairobi Central Presbytery.
The Rev. Dr. Beth Braxton
Beth is a retired pastor, currently serving as a Parish Associate at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where she chairs their partnership with the PCEA Njoro Parish in Kenya. At her former church, Burke Presbyterian Church in Virginia, Beth initiated and led a partnership with the Bethel Church in Kibwezi, Kenya. She enjoys cycling with her husband Bob, playing her flute for Taize services, gardening, scrapbooking, and her two grandchildren.
The Rev. George G. (GG) Gitahi
GG is the pastor of Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, a church of 500 members that has become home for many Kenyan immigrants in Metro Atlanta. He is also adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Kennesaw State University, as well as the liaison for the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. GG and his wife Rahab are the parents of two children in college.
The Rev. Dr. Cyprian Kimathi Guchienda
Cyprian was born and raised in Kenya. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and served in two Presbyteries before moving to the USA for further studies. He received a call from Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, where he serves as Associate Pastor. God has blessed Cyprian and his wife Hellen with three adult children and two grandchildren.
The Rev. Harold Johnson
Harold was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1964, and his 40 years of pastoral ministry were all served within northern New Jersey. He retired in 2003 from the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton after 25 years serving there. A world traveler to 35 countries since 1982, Harold has been engaged in Newton Presbytery's partnership with the three PCEA Nairobi Presbyteries since its inception. He currently serves as coordinator for the Newton-Nairobi Partnership Team.
Bobby sensed his call to Kenya late in life. He taught literature, the Bible and Greek at Davis & Elkins College until his retirement in 2017, and he has been active throughout as a PC(USA) elder and lay preacher. Since 2006, he has traveled six times to Nyeri, Kenya with college and church groups, spending the spring semester in 2016 as visiting professor at the Presbyterian University of East Africa.
Leann has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta since 1978. She has served as an Elder on several Councils, chaired the first Presbyterian Mission Conference, and led the new member class for 17 years. As current chair of First Presbyterian's Kenya Committee, she has traveled to Kenya three times since 2007. Leann's work in Kenya has been with mission partner St. Andrews Church in Nairobi and with the Microfinance program at Mt. Kenya Academy.
As a former Kenya Mission Network Moderator, Sharon finds great joy in developing relationships through the partnership that began in 1998 between the Presbytery of the Northern Plains and the Chogoria Presbytery. Blessings have been abundant through the completion of a computer school, the building of a primary school, supporting access to water and the sponsorship of retreats, medical camps, teachers and students. The partnership has been instrumental in helping to promote the advocacy of adolescent women’s health in the Chogoria and Tharaka-Nithi regions.
Linda is a Presbyterian Elder in Redmond, Oregon, where she attends Community Presbyterian Church with her husband Rev. Don Shaw. Together they are actively involved in a partnership with the Kisauni Parish in Mombasa, Kenya. Linda has represented the national Presbyterian Hunger Program in San Francisco, worked for the PC(USA) national office of Racial Justice, and collaborated with the Presbyterian Women in writing the resource "Building the Beloved Community".
The Rev. Don Shaw
Don has pastored congregations in rural Appalachia, southern Arizona, and Oregon, where he also served as Regional General Presbyter. He has a passion for ecumenism, hunger, social justice and mission. Don has engaged in mission projects in Ukraine, Israel/Palestine, Mexico, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. He and his wife Linda are currently active in a new partnership with Kisauni Parish in Mombasa, Kenya.