STM Graduate Elected Bishop in Tanzania
Correction: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect year of Mwaipopo's graduation.
Pastor Ambele Mwaipopo, a 1994 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, was elected to serve as the first bishop of the new Lake Tanganyika Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT).
This soon-to-be diocese was formerly the Rukwa Mission Area of the ELCT. Pictured (left to right) are Presiding Bishop Dr. Alex Malasusa of the ELCT, Bishop Dr. Martin Shao of the Northern Diocese, Bishop-elect Mwaipopo, and Bishop Dr. Israel-Peter Mwakyolile of the Konde Diocese. Bishop-elect Mwaipopo served as the deputy general secretary of mission and evangelism for the ELCT. Mwaipopo received the Master of Sacred Theology degree (STM) in 1994 from Gettysburg Seminary. Mwaipopo's election took place earlier this month in Sumbawanga, Tanzania.
Gettysburg Seminary has enjoyed a lengthy list of students who are chosen by the Tanzanian Church over the last two decades, with support from Fellowship of Overseas student funds and the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a companion synod to the Konde Diocese.